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Two sets of dice are shown in the picture: a pewter set and a wooden set. Soldiers could have made a set of dice similar to the pewter ones by hammering their bullets into cube shapes. However, by making these from pewter you avoid the potential problems that come from handling lead.

The wooden set could have easily been homemade and are very light in weight.

It is important to remember, too, that some people in the 19th century thought playing with dice was wrong because it was too similar to gambling. Hence, for children's games needing some way to advance the pieces a random number of spaces, instead of rolling dice like we would today, they would spin a small top called a teetotum which was marked with numbers.

The cost of a set of three dice is:
Pewter Dice: $5.45
Wooden Dice: $2.60

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