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Double Sided Painted American Game Board: Checkers w/ Fraternal Columns and Backgammon, c. 1900
A Double-Sided American Game Board, Checkers on one side and Backgammon on the other. The checker board is an old (c. 1900) repaint and includes a pair of fraternal order columns, leading me to presume that this board is out of a Masonic Hall or some similar entity. The squares are black and mustard, with the mustard serving as a background for the columns. The edge of the checkerboard is a black and red line. The second size, in its original red, white and blue paint, retains its original, worn surface; some think it is nicer than the repainted side! It measures 24 ½” x 16 ½” and it has a dovetailed frame that is 1 ¾” thick.
Condition of the board is very good. There is only minor paint wear on the checkerboard side, and the columns are well painted. The Backgammon side shows considerable surface wear, but the colors are very mellow. The frame has several areas of wood deterioration, leading me to suspect that the board itself (which may even be an old drawer bottom, is considerably older than the painted surface and that it was re=purposed as a game board about 110-115 years ago. The board itself weighs about 6 1/2 pounds and the shipping weight will be 9 pounds in an oversized box. 1195
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