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Tiddledy Winks

Object Number: 
2000.459
Date: 
ca. 1890
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper, glass, bone
Dimensions: 
box: 1 7/8 x 5 1/2 x 5 3/8 in. ( 4.8 x 14 x 13.7 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ No. 35/ A VERY/ POPULAR GAME/ PARKER BROTHERS INC./ SALEM, MASS., NEW YORK, LONDON."
Description: 
"Tiddledy Winks" table game with 18 bone playing pieces and a glass cup in a paper covered cardboard box; box cover inscribed, "TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ No. 35/ A VERY/ POPULAR GAME/ PARKER BROTHERS INC./ SALEM, MASS., NEW YORK, LONDON."
Gallery Label: 
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.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group