Excellent Victorian walnut games compendium, made in Britain c.1870. It is the same size and look, and has very similar contents, to a type of Victorian games compendium called the "Royal Cabinet of Games," made by different makers. However, there is nothing on the cabinet with that title or to indicate a maker, and I am reluctant to describe this compendium using that name. It has 2 lift out trays, a tray structure at the bottom for contents, and 2 fold out doors for the chess pieces. It is very similar to another games compendium for sale in this shop that is priced higher because I believe the box and contents of that one are superior (T00002348). THIS IS NOT THAT OTHER BOX.
This compendium comes with the following, all of which were in the box when it came to me:
● A folding leather game board that is 2-sided and serves as 2 different boards: a board for chess/checkers; and a board for backgammon. It fits in a recessed compartment to the underside of the lid of the box.
● A cribbage board with period pegs.
● A wood chess set, Staunton style design to the pieces.
● A wood set of draughts/checkers. There are 15 red pieces and 15 black, and I assume this is a full set, whether the game is checkers or backgammon.
● A fine set of double six dominoes, 28 pieces complete.
● Dice (6), gaming chips, and a pair of dice shakers made of wood.
● 2 decks of Goodall whist cards, dating c. 1870.
● 2 decks of Goodall bezique cards dating to the 1860s, with 2 cardboard bezique counters (W.O. Wills).
The compendium and all contents are in excellent condition, except as follows:
● The game board has tape all along the fold, and I suspect that it is very vulnerable, if not already slightly torn, along the fold. The tape is difficult to see in the photos, but it is there.
● It appears that the set once included wood Goodall whist markers, since there are pieces of paper included that describe them; but there are no whist markers.
● The playing cards are in excellent condition, given their age, but as one would expect there is some light soiling. However, it is wonderful to have cards in a British Victorian games compendium that were made in the U.K., and date consistent with the age of the box. I have seen British Victorian boxes of this kind that have been dressed up over the years, and actually include German cards from the early 20th century -- a bit silly when you think about it. These cards are all Goodall cards, with square corners and no indices, that date c.1870. Obviously, I do not know if these very decks were sold with the box, but the point is that they might have been.
Although I think that the other compendium in this shop is superior, I would note the following positives about this box, when the two are compared: (i) this box has a cribbage board; (ii) the draughts/checker set in this box is complete (i.e., 15/15, rather than 15/14); (iii) there are 6 dice, rather than 4.
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