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January 26, 2021

This early game from Jaques & Son features an ingenious method of determining the winner of the race. The game is contained in a mahogany box, with eight cast-lead racehorses attached to a brass spindle inside the box with threads. A hand crank on the side of the box winds the spindle, allowing the horses to 'race' down the table in a random fashion. Players bet on which horse would win the race.

"Jaques & Son" become "Jaques & Son Ltd" around 1900. A patent for Ascot was taken out by Francis Joseph Secker and William George Milburn on 3rd July 1891, with a further United States patent taken out by Francis Secker on May 30th 1893. Advertisements for the game first seem to appear in 1893.