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I HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO OBTAIN A FAIRLY LARGE QUANTITY OF JIGSAWS - NOT BIG ONES BUT NICE. I WILL BE PUTTING THEM ON, HOPEFULLY BEFORE CHRISTMAS. ALSO, I HAVE BOUGHT A VERY FEW QUITE OLD AND INTERESTING GAMES AND GAME BOARDS WHICH SHOULD APPEAR ON EITHER THIS PAGE OR THE SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PAGE SOON IF THEY HAVEN'T ALREADY BEEN PUT ON.
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I HAVE CHANGED THIS PAGE A BIT SO THAT THE ORDERING DETAILS ETC ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE. BELOW YOU WILL FIND A SELECTION OF NOSTALGIC ITEMS FOR SALE INCLUDING A GAME BOARD AND A FEW ANTIQUE GAMES. LOOK AT ALL THE OTHER PAGES AS WELL....LOADS OF VINTAGE AND ANTIQUE ITEMS! THE FOLLOWING THREE PAGES ARE VINTAGE JIGSAWS ALTHOUGH YOU WILL FIND A FEW ON THIS PAGE, TOO.
CHRISTMAS IS AROUND THE CORNER AND HOW VERY QUICKLY IT SEEMS TO HAVE COME! WE ARE DOING JIGSAWS AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN ALTHOUGH, I MUST SAY, THEY CAN TAKE QUITE A TIME! WE'RE TRYING TO GET AS MANY ON THE SITE AS POSSIBLE SO THAT YOU HAVE A SELECTION FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS PRESENT NEEDS. YOU WILL FIND A FEW ON THE NEXT PAGE AND SOME OTHER, SMALLER PUZZLES, ON THE SECOND AND THIRD PUZZLE PAGE.
ONE ENCORE TOO MANY
This is one of the most difficult jigsaws we have done in the past ten years or so! We started it around seven years ago and had to put it away as we couldn't attempt it...we just hadn't had enough experience. This time, we succeeded as you can see!
There are over 650 pieces, three of which have been remade and a further two, which had been savaged by dog, have had replacement papers. The cutting is superb - both line and colour cutting - and the wood backing is solid mahogany. The maker of this puzzle is lost in time as the pieces are inside a DH Evans & Co. Artificial Florists box. I believe that the puzzle was made around 1900. The artist is Francis Barraud. PRICE: £120.00 reserved for BL
RED SKY AT NIGHT AND MORN
This is another puzzle by the same cutter as Spanish Dancer though not such a fabulous picture. This one is of more than 325 pieces with one missing (lower picture, grass). There are 3 very small bits of paper loss (on three pegs in the middle) and one small piece broken off but present. The cutting of these puzzles is so lovely that I would like to know who did them. There is one clue (which I have also noted elsewhere) - the name EJ (or Ethel J) Curtis appears on the bottoms of several of the boxes and it could be she who is so adept at cutting in her very own style. I am always pleased when I find these puzzles! PRICE: £50.00 (I realise this photo is too small for a good look so email for a better one!)
THE NEW LONDON SPELLING GAME
This was an educational game made between 1850 and 1900 by an unknown maker. Inside the original would have been over 300 letters, numbers etc to help make words and sentences. The hinged wooden lid has battens making four lines onto which the letters can be laid. This set (between 110 - 160 years old) has around 150 of the original 'tiles' which were made of wood covered on one side with a paper printed with a letter, etc. and on the other with a 'tartan' print. The box seems to be mahogany and is in reasonable condition. A wonderful collector's item: PRICE: £75.00
POT - IN - EGG
This game is by an unknown British manufacturer and very similar to that old favourite, "Pop-in-Taw". There are four wooden 'shovels', eight 'eggs' and six 'egg cups'. The object is to place your eggs in the cups. The rule sheet is in the box which is complete. The paper covering of the box is a little torn though mostly correct. PRICE: £25.00
This is a game by Kay dating from the 1950's I would imagine. I have just spent an hour or so making sure it works well - and it does! The six bulbs light up at the right time, the circuits now work and there is a brand-new battery, too. You will notice a little extra padding in the battery area which holds the battery in place and makes it work properly. The little switch has to be held down to help the circuit connect at the right time but all in all this game is very attractive and usable. The box is good with just a little scuffing on the corners. PRICE: £35.00
SKITTLES WITH FACES
This is a nice little set of painted skittles. The faces and buttons have been put on with a rubber stamp, the bodies painted yellow with other colours on top. There are three wooden balls to throw at the skittles though one or possibly two are probably replacements - but still quite old. The box is in good but used condition and it comes from around the 20's or 30's. PRICE: £45.00
WILD DUCK SHOOTING
This puzzle comes in an anonymous box with the title and number of pieces hand-written on a label stuck to the lid. I should imagine it was cut by Robert Plumb or at least in his style. There are 100 pieces in this complete little puzzle. There are a few bits of insect-nibbled paper missing. PRICE: £12.00 reserved for HK
This is another series which was cut by Robert Plumb or someone working with/for him. This series - "The Bridge" - was made to be sold at Smiths as were "The Expert" series for Boots and the Chandos puzzles. This is a little puzzle of 125 pieces but what a beauty! It is complete and the pieces are all good. The pieces are contained within their original box. PRICE: £30.00
CARD HOUSES GAME
This game was made by Spears, manufactured when they still had a factory in Bavaria (before about 1920, I would guess). The box is in reasonable condition with one short edge torn at the corners and a small part of one of the longer edges missing. Inside the box are a range of cards illustrated with items of everyday life in Edwardian England which can be slotted together to make buildings and another set of plain cards which are used to form 'floors'. The inside of the lid contains directions for various types of buildings that can be built. All but one of the cards are in excellent condition as is the lower part of the box. PRICE: £25.00
"THE FLYING SCOTSMAN" OR
THE NORTH EXPRESS FROM LONDON TO EDINBURGH.
This is a game board which is rare and lovely! It was designed in England and printed and made in Bavaria which is all the info I have as the manufacturer didn't add their name. It is on a four-fold board which, when opened is 26" long and closes to a board 6" x 9" approx.
The object of the game must be to reach Edinburgh from London by one of three railway stations - Euston, St Pancras or Kings Cross - and by one of three railways - L.& N.W.R., M.R or G.N.R. There are numbers along each of the rails which probably relates to throws of a die. The winner would be the first to reach Waverley Station in Edinburgh. The board is in good condition though the fabric holding the folds together is fragile and split in one or two places. The outer coverins is a wood grain paper, the inner (game) side has chromolithograph pictures of London and Edinburgh as well as the three lines. It's a great board! PRICE: £25.00
EARLY VICTORY PUZZLE - DUTCH GARDEN AND FOUNTAIN
This is a gorgeous, little, complete (except for one broken knob which is present), early Victory jigsaw. It's a GOLD BOX "Artistic" puzzle with whimsies and about 250 pieces altogether. The box is original and has an early label but, surprisingly, a lift-off top instead of the usual hinge. PRICE: £30.00
This black and white jigsaw was really fun to do! It's partly interlocking and mostly non-interlocking and with no colour, there were few clues as to which piece went where. I got quite good at spotting the right shape - those who have been reading my site notes know that I'm not much good at shape and am not too bad at colour. We had no idea of what the picture would look like and were pleasantly surprised by the outcome. There are just over 400 pieces with one re-made in wood professionally before I bought it; there is also one small bit of one knob broken off and lost. The measurements of the finished puzzle are 23.5" x 16.5". PRICE: £55.00
CHAD VALLEY - EDWARDIAN TABLE CROQUET GAME
This is a lovely little set of table croquet contained in its original box. The set consists of 4 wooden mallets, 4 balls of different colours (some paint missing), 2 wooden 'pegs', painted with four coloured stripes, and 6 brass hoops with bases which make them stand on your table. The instructions are in the lid. Everything is in good, used condition. PRICE: £30.00
THE LONELY COMMON
This is quite an early Chad Valley puzzle in a box covered with 'crazy paving' paper. (The label says it is made by Chad Valley and is "made of unbreakable material forming coloured picture)! The complete puzzle of about 150 pieces shows a common with a town in the distance. The picture was painted by David Sherrin. PRICE: £20.00
AS CHRISTMAS APPROACHES, I HAVE FOUND A FEW GAMES AND GAME BOARDS WHICH I THINK WILL BE OF INTEREST SO HAVE BOUGHT THEM. I'LL BE ADDING THEM TO THE SITE AS SOON AS I CAN. I AM STILL INTERESTED IN BUYING OLD WOODEN JIGSAWS, HAND-HELD PUZZLES, BLOCK PUZZLES AND SOME EARLY WOOD AND/OR PAPER BASED 'TOYS' HOORAY FOR NOSTALGIA! (UPDATED 11.11.13)
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