Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Art of Play: A Game of Hide and Seek with the Kings and Queens of England; Series II; Series III, 1870s

A Game of Hide and Seek
Britain, 1870
The Victoria & Albert Museum

Published by the games makers John Jaques & Son, Ltd., in the 1870s, this group of three card games spands the reigns of the British monarchs from William I to Queen Victoria. A card for each monarch shows an illustration of the sovereign, and the name of their line (Tudor, etc.). Other cards include titled personages. Each card is hand-colored. The set, played to the rules of “Happy Families,” came boxed with purple slipcases.

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