1913 Mcloughlin, The Game Of Boy Scouts In Orig. Box For Sale
McLoughlin, The Game of Boy
Scouts in Original Box
complete virtually unplayed condition! Superb chromolithograph board
game called the "The Game of Boy Scouts". Manufactured not by Milton
Bradley, nor Parker Brothers, but from McLoughlin. I could find no
reference to it except a misidentification of only the board
manufactured by Spears, which is incorrect. However, without the box it
would be impossible to identify.
Purchased from a collection outside of Boston it consists of a
beautifully color illustrated 18½" x 18½" game board. The gauze
cloth seam connecting both board halves is complete without any wear,
tears, or dislocation. This, in itself, is rare for any pre-WWI game,
much less one having to do with early scouting. It's complete with all
four colored wooden pieces and two cardboard spinners with metal
arrows. The original instructions were printed on the underside of the
cover so they are not missing.
The board contains 100, 1-3/8"
colored circles, most
showing boys working their way up from Tenderfoot through the stages of
Scouting. The term "Eagle Scout" badge was in existence for only one
year before this game was issued which is probably why it's not listed.
57 Merit Badges were available to choose from. These are listed in the
text-circles. Each corner provides a detailed illustration of some
facet of scouting. The exterior of the board is pressed with scrollwork
in all eight corners. Most of the original white filler paint inside
the Boy Scout logo (on the board exterior) is still in place. The board
is flat without any warping which I don't think I've seen before for a
board of this vintage.
The 20" x 10" box itself is wooden and lined with a textured
leather-like material. It has it's original black pull tab which lifts
the board up without having to slide your fingers underneath. It even
has its complete original cardboard insert.
The box cover has the same material used to line the box bottom. The
name "Game of Boy Scouts" was pressed into it and painted in white
highlights. The McLoughlin name and copyright date are printed just
below the instructions.
The box bottom and insert are both in near perfect condition. All of
the lining paper is in place and it hasn't a single tear, ding, or spot
of wear. The box cover is in VG+ condition. The edges and especially
the corners are worn. One corner has a small strip of the lining
missing. This corner was also split (now repaired). Another apron was
split (now repaired) and is missing a small piece near the corner. Of
the total 60" of box apron the amount missing is 1½".
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