Wood, mother-of-pearl, lacquer
Overall: 2 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 10 1/8 in. ( 6.4 x 29.8 x 25.7 cm )
Game consisting of chips made of mother-of-pearl in three different shapes: circular (20), short oval (14) and long oval (67), and six rectangular wooden trays covered in dark brown lacquer with playing card images (king of hearts, nine of diamonds, etc.) painted in gold, red, and green on inner surface; in lacquered wooden box with five smaller boxes nesting inside.
According to accession records, this game was presented to the Naval History Society by Dr. G. Totten McMaster, great-grandson of Captain Gilbert Totten of New Haven, CT, master of the merchant steamer "CONSTELLATION," who was given this game by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1804 as a token of appreciation for rescuing four French seamen in the English Channel who would otherwise have been taken prisoner by the English.
Gift of the Naval History Society
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