In this folk art game board – checker board deep green squares alternate with bright "gold leaf" squares. Each square is defined by red outlines and the playing area is bordered by a rich brown. The board is framed in walnut with a rounded top and is attached with exposed round headed iron screws. The back is one board poplar. Both frame and backing have original varnish surface. "As found" condition with appropriate wear for age and usage. In the detail shots of the corner frame miters, the detail shots show gaps. It is quite apparent from these photos that the framing was not done by a professional cabinet maker. A wedge shaped piece of the bottom edge of the walnut frame is missing. See photo #5.
Age: late 19th century.
Of all the styles and materials of which game boards and checker boards were made, reverse painted glass boards are the rarest and hardest to find, especially in good condition (glass not cracked, paint not excessively flaking) since very few were made. This example is very nice!
Dimensions: 16- 13/16" x 16- 15/16" x 1 ¼"
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