Rare Early 19c Antique Spillikins In A Finely Carved Bone Container.
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Rare Early 19c Antique Spillikins In A Finely Carved Bone Container. :
Here is the Creme de la Creme of the antique games collection! From the very finely carved bone container to the intricate sticks themselves, this item screams quality! This item could possibly be an old Chinese set, with its carved bone container and mostly bone sticks. The container could do with a clean, and I haven’t attempted it as I don’t want to mess with it, I’ll leave that to the experts!I don’t know how many sticks there should be in there, but it comes with in excess of 30. I don’t know the age of this item, except that it is old!
(Taken from the Museum of Childhood site)... Spillikins or Spellicans has been played all over the world for centuries and is thought to have originated in China. The game has different names in different countries. In the UK, it is often known as Pick-Up Sticks while in Europe it is generally known as Mikado. It is also called Jackstraws in the USA, Jonchets in France and Chien Tung in China.
Spillikins is played by scattering a group of thin sticks out on a table so they are all mixed up in a pile. This is done by holding all the sticks upright in a bunch and letting them fall. Players take turns picking them up, one-by-one, without moving any of the others. The sticks can be different shapes or colours, and this indicates their different scores. Although most of the picking up is done by hand, certain designated sticks can be used to dislodge their fellows. This particular set has two hooks that can be used for this purpose. Players continue to pick up sticks until they disturb a different stick to the one they are trying to remove. Once all the sticks have been picked up, the scores are counted and the person with the highest is the winner. Traditionally the sticks were made from bone, ivory or wood but now they are often made from plastic.
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