Improved Game of Tiddledy Winks
Cardboard, felt, wood, ivory
box: 1 5/8 x 8 x 4 1/2 in. ( 4.1 x 20.3 x 11.4 cm )
lithographed: on the box cover: "IMPROVED GAME/ TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ PATENT NOV. 18 1890./ McLoughlin Bro's New-York"
"Improved Game of Tiddledy Winks" table game with 27 ivory playing pieces, a wooden cup and three rectangular felt pads in a paper covered cardboard box; box top chromolithographed with an image of a frog smoking a pipe and holding a fishing rod; box cover inscribed, "IMPROVED GAME/ TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ PATENT NOV. 18 1890./ McLoughlin Bro's New-York".
Tiddledy Winks, first patented in England in 1889 and marketed to an adult audience, captivated Americans during the 1890s. The game's general concept is flicking a game piece (wink) with another instrument (tiddledy or squidger) to make the wink fly into the air. The modern spelling, tiddlywinks, came into use during the 1950s.
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
The Liman Collection
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