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Games of Monopolist, Marniner's Compass and Ten Up

Object Number: 
2000.663
Date: 
1878
Medium: 
Wood, cardboard, paper, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 3/8 x 9 5/8 x 18 1/8 in. ( 6 x 24.4 x 46 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the outer board: "UNLUCKY VENTURE/ IMPAIRED CAPITAL"/ EMBARRASMENT/ LOSS OF CREDIT" and "RUIN/ FAILURE/ BANKRUPCY/ DISHONOR" lithographed: on the label on the sleeve: "GAMES/ of/ Monopolist/ MARINER's/ COMPASS/ and/ TEN UP/ McLOUGHLIN B
Description: 
"Games of Monopolist, Marniner's Compass and Ten Up" board game with a hinged box that opens like a book with two boards on the interior; one side is two grids with green squares, corners and center; marker with compass directions divided by images of the north pole and a multi-colored compass; and the other side with an oval path of red squares around foliate decoration and two acrobats with octagons numbered 1-4 in the corners; box opens to a circular board divided into six rings, two outer rings have images of ships, sheafs of wheat, andirons, telescopes and spiders; inner rings labeled "UNLUCKY VENTURE/ IMPAIRED CAPITAL/ EMBARRASSMENT/ LOSS OF CREDIT" and "RUIN/ FAILURE/ BANKRUPCY/ DISHONOR", corners have images of scientists, farmers, merchants and mechanics; side of box lithographed, "GAMES OF MONOPOLIST/ MARINER'S COMPASS AND TEN UP"; game board slides into a paper covered cardboard sleeve with a chromolithograped label with an image of dogs and the inscription, "GAMES/ of/ Monopolist/ MARINER's/ COMPASS/ and/ TEN UP/ McLOUGHLIN BRO'S, PUBLISHERS, N.Y."; playing pieces include a metal spider, a double-arrowed spinner on a wooden block, six turned wooden playing pieces and 22 counters marked as one dollar coins.
Gallery Label: 
McLoughlin Brothers' 1885 catalogue advertised the Monopolist: "on this board the great struggle between Capital and Labor can be fought out to the satisfaction of all parties, and, if the players are successful, they can break the Monopolist and become Monopolists themselves."
Bibliography: 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group