Generally in Alphabetical Order but with Some Obvious Placement of a Couple of Categories at the Top
Dolls & Accessories
Articles: Virginia's Veranda
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Books, 19th Century Reproductions
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Dolls & Accessories
DVD about Emma Edmonds
Needlework Necessities and Novelties
Parlor Games & Entertainments
Sundries and Craft Supplies
Speaking and Consulting
About the Games
Many, if not most, of the games played by children (or adults, for that matter) of
the mid-nineteenth century required little, if any, equipment. The
booklet American Children's Games contains
some of these frequently active games that children played, requiring
usually only willing participants. The booklet
Mid-Nineteenth Century Parlor
contains games for parties where both adults and children might be present.
However, a few games -- as opposed
to sports which usually have equipment requirements -- did have some
necessary equipment or parts. Some, like the board games of fox and
geese or nine-man's morris, used a playing board or surface where the
movement of markers was the object. Others, like graces or tip cat,
used the equipment to promote a physical activity.
|Playing Cards||These are the plain paper playing cards often seen in
museum exhibits as examples of soldiers' pastimes, not glazed and without numbers.
||$ 8.95 |
|Playing Cards of Generals||A reproduction set of
playing cards with images of civil war generals. Originally printed in the 1860's. These are modern
|| $ 6.00|
|Chinese Puzzle or Tangram||A geometric puzzle
popular during the nineteenth century with numerous variations. Comes with 24
puzzle patterns and solutions. Three different types available ||See Individual Page
|Cribbage||A card game played in the 19th century that
used a board with holes and pegs to keep score. May be played with two or four players.
Cards are included but consist of modern coated cards. If using for a nineteenth century impression, you
may wish to purchase Playing Cards as well.
|Dice||Dice could be
used for a variety of games, especially by the soldiers. In this latter category
was the game chuck-a-luck. The dice come three to a set in both wood and, to simulate
lead dice hammered from musket balls, pewter.
||Pewter $ 5.45|
Wood $ 2.60
|Dominoes||Dominoes were a popular pastime
during the 19th century. Milton Bradley's "Games for the Soldiers" included pieces and rules
for four different games. They were also used in a variety of magic tricks.
|| $ 6.50|
|Fox & Geese||This
game dates back to the 1300's in Europe. It was brought over with the
colonists and is mentioned in children's activity books of the 19th
|Graces||This game is mentioned
in activity books for both boys and girls. It consists of two pairs
of sticks, two wooden hoops, and some ribbons for ornament. The hoop
is tossed back and forth on the sticks and, with the ribbons attached,
almost looks like a period illustration.||$ 16.60
|Graces Replacement Hoops||In case you lose a hoop, these are the wooden hoops only without the ribbons.||$ 5.85
|Jacks||This set comes complete
with pewter jacks, both rubber and wooden balls, and a carrying
Check with us before ordering. Our supplier was out of stock of these so we'll have to wait until they have them again. These marbles are made of baked clay similar to those boys could have purchased
inexpensively or even made themselves for the many games they played with marbles. Includes
ten small marbles, one large shooter, and a leather pouch.
|Nine Man's Morris||A strategy game for two players mentioned in numerous game books.||$
|Nine Pins||This is a tabletop
or indoor version of a game similar to bowling.||$
|Pick-Up Sticks||Also known as
Jackstraws, the rules have not changed from the way they are played
|Solitaire||This game consists of a wooden block holding
wooden pegs in the shape of a cross. The
pegs are jumped over one another to try to have as few pegs remaining as possible (with the ideal being one
in the center).
|Tip Cat||A game consisting of
a pointed block of wood that is hit with a flat bat. Several different
games are possible. Directions for the different games are included.
|Trap Ball||A precursor for baseball involving a ball launcher and a flat bat.