The Round Game of Tiddledy Winks
Cardboard, wood, vegetable ivory
box: 1 3/4 x 3 5/8 x 4 3/4 in. ( 4.4 x 9.2 x 12.1 cm )
lithographed: on the box cover: "THE/ ROUND/ GAME of/ TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ McLOUGHLIN BROS./ NEW YORK"
"The Round Game of Tiddledy Winks" table game with 13 vegetable ivory playing pieces and a wooden cup in a paper covered cardboard box; box top lithographed with an image of a cat skipping rope and winks flipping into a cup; box cover inscribed, "THE/ ROUND/ GAME of/ TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ McLOUGHLIN BROS./ 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.
The Liman Collection
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