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Gaming and Toys

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Brass Cribbage Board
 Gaming Counters
"Lead" Tokens or Counters
The Game of Shoffe Groate
Dice Cup
Astrogalus or Knucklebones
Whist Counter

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Brass Cribbage Board (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel.
Sturdy brass construction; scrolled top with turned brass legs copied from a 1746 original. Four wooden playing pins included; stained dark and light. A beautiful piece!
Brass Cribbage Board: $215.00

 Gaming Counters
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction. 
Dating to the 18th century, gaming counters were used to keep score in card games. Hand cut from faux ivory. Dimensions: 3 1/2" by 1/2". 
Left, clockwise: Urn, Weeping Heart, Club, Diamond, Spade, Small Fish - these measure about 3/4 wide by 1 1/2 long. Right: Large Fish, measures 1/2 wide by 3 1/2 long.
 Gaming Counters: $10.00
Large Fish  Gaming Counter: $15.00

"Lead" Tokens or Counters 
Handmade by Peter Goebel.
Actually made from pewter, these are reproduced from originals found in England as well as the colonies. Some were found at Shadwell, Thomas Jefferson's boyhood home. They are counters, or tally pieces, and probably passed as coinage of a farthing's value. Our design is taken from an original; originals are found with thousands of designs, spanning about 2000 years.
When ordering, pelase specify style of token: Large (cross and dot) Medium (dot) or Small (flower and cross).
"Lead" Tokens or Counters: $4.00

The Game of Shoffe Groate (above)
Handmade in the USA by Peter Goebel. Historic Reproduction.
The game of shoffe-groate, also known as slip-penny or shove ha'penny, is a tabletop version of shuffleboard: a gambling game with 1,000 years of history. We gave ours the medieval name of Shoffe Groate because it has an interesting sound. 

Our two-player version is taken from English examples which were mostly wood and brass, or wood and ivory. It is made with a lip at the front to hold over the edge of a table, and comes with ten tokens - five dark and five light. Each player takes turns flicking the tokens from the lip torward the end of the game board, which is marked with numbered zones, from one to five. The score for each turn depends on which zone the token lands in. The player with the highest score wins.
The Game of Shoffe Groate is made from solid brass and should last forever. It measures 24 inches long by 7 3/4 inches wide, and 5 inches tall. 
The Game of Shoffe Groate: $275.00

Astrogalus or Knucklebones (above, originals beside reproductions)
Reproduction. Used as gaming pieces since about 5000 BC, right through the early 19th century. The three dark pieces are Dutch originals from the 17th century. Ours are lead free pewter alloy, and about 3/4 inch long.
Astrogalus or Knucklebones: $8.00

Whist Counter (above)
Reproduction of an 18th century style Whist counter. About 2 1/8 inches in diameter, copper with a carved brass hand pointer to keep score. Usually used in pairs. Beautifully made, heavy and solid.
Whist Counter, each, $80.00
Whist Counter, pair, $155.00

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