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Wedderburn “Double Dummy Two-Handed Bridge Whist Board,” c.1905
In 1905, Gertrude Foster Wedderburn applied for and received a patent for what she called the "Double Dummy Bridge Whist Board," a device, like Goodall's "Draw Bridge" of the same year (see, T0000498, this shop), enabling two persons to play a four-handed card game. The item here for sale is Wedderburn's invention, in its original box, and while this Wedderburn "Double Dummy" may be more common than I know, it is the only one I have ever seen. There is nothing on the Board or box to indicate the maker.
The item is very nicely made. The box has a drop down front, and the "Double Dummy" is stored in a folded (collapsed) position. When unfolded, it opens to reveal instructions for use, including rules for 2-handed bridge, and endorsements by then prominent whist/bridge authorities. To use it in play, the sides are propped against a center section so that they form two angled ledges facing one another for cards to sit on. If the players are properly positioned, each can see one of the two hands on these ledges, but not the other. I believe that the sections of the board are made of a very lightweight wood, or perhaps a hard fiberboard product, covered by a maroon fabric. When readied for play, the ledges holding the cards are approximately 9½" long. Thus, the cards placed on the ledge are overlapping.
The condition of this entire item – board, box, labels, instructions, everything – is superb. It is difficult to imagine that a better example exists.
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