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Early 20th Century Wooden Marble Ramp Game w/ Marbles
An early 20th Century, home-made wooden marble ramp game in original red surface with numbered receptacle at the end of the chute and scoring numbers. The floor of the receptacle is wood but the wall around it is mustard-painted tin. The marbles (12 + an extra) are clay and not original to the game but display a nice range of colors. The name “Campbell” (first name or initials illegible) is punched into the frame on the bottom and there is also something punched into the back-edge of the upright post but it too is illegible. The ramp mechanism is 10 ½” wide and 8 ¾” high; each of the 3 shots and the frame are 1” wide and ¾” thick. Nailed construction, but the piece is early. The round holes in the receptacle (4” in diameter) at the bottom of the ramp are numbered 1-10 and presumably they were part of a scoring process that determined the winner of a game.
The piece is in wonderful, original condition. It is sound and there are no cracks, breaks, etc and except for some wear to the painted surface where it was handled, the paint is complete. The marbles (all in very good condition) flow smoothly and dropping them in the opening at the top and watching them travel down the ramp is hypnotic and addictive. You can just imaging kids spending hours playing the game.
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