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Early South German Games Board, 18th century

  • Early South German Games Board, 18th century
  • Early South German Games Board, 18th century
  • Early South German Games Board, 18th century
  • Early South German Games Board, 18th century

A South German or Austrian polychrome painted games board, 18th century

the exterior for chess and nine men morris, the interior for backgammon or tric-trac with painted floral motifs, secured by an iron clasp

Dimensions: 73.5cm long (when open), 36.5cm wide (when closed)

Stock Reference: FL 1574

Provenance: Major European Chess Collection.


Age crack across one side. Some rubbing, minor wear, minor scratches, ‘nicks’ and minor dents. Original iron clasp.

A Note From Luke

Rare early games board from Southern Germany. Backgammon or tric-trac on the inside, chess and nine men morris on the outside. Nine men morris is a strategy game for two players, dating from the Roman Empire period and peaking in popularity during the Middle Ages.

The painted floral decoration is typical of Southern German and Austria.


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