Rare and unusual game that combines poker and jig saw puzzles. It is called “Royal Flush: A Wood Jig Saw Puzzle Game,” and was made by Joseph K. Straus Mfg., c.1949. The game consists of wood jig saw puzzle pieces that combine to make 4 Royal Flush poker hands, 1 for each suit. Before the puzzle was cut, actual playing cards were glued to an underlying wood strip in each of the 4 suits. The cards used were USPC “Mohawk” type, and the Ace of Spades actually has a USPC #L1861 – a 1949 number. The game was copyrighted in that year. Each jig sawed hand is separate, and the backs of each hand are a different color.
There are two variants of this game, the rules for which are described in a paper insert. The cards used are wide, measuring 88mm x 62mm, and so each of the 4 Royal Flush hands is about 88mm x 310mm. Each piece is about 6mm thick. The game is in its original box.
The puzzle pieces are in superb condition, quite clean and without damage. The paper insert has some discoloration due to age and a couple of very small holes, but is otherwise in excellent condition. The box is in good condition, relatively clean, but with tape holding it together at the corners.
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