The Popular Game of Tiddledy Winks
Cardboard, felt, glass, ivory
box: 2 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 in. ( 6.4 x 14.6 x 14.6 cm )
lithographed: on the box cover: "THE POPULAR GAME OF/ TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ New/ Edition/ 1897./ PARKER BROTHERS/ SALEM, MASS. U.S.A."
"The Popular Game of Tiddledy Winks" table game with 28 ivory playing pieces, a glass cup, four circular green felt pads and an instruction booklet in a paper covered cardboard box; box has four trapezoidal dividers printed red, white, blue and yellow; box top chromolithographed with an image of a Victorian family seated around a table playing "Tiddledy Winks"; box cover inscribed, "THE POPULAR GAME OF/ TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ New/ Edition/ 1897./ PARKER BROTHERS/ SALEM, MASS. U.S.A.".
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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