Jaques "Minoru" Racing Game, circa 1909
"Minoru"...The New Race Game...By Royal Letters Patent...circa 1909
in a varnished wooden box with a hinged lid, lithographic illustration to the lid, 'King Edward Leading in Minoru", the fitted interior with: six cold-painted lead racehorses, a pack of Waddington's playing cards, croupier's wooden and brass-mounted rake, folded green oil-cloth, mahogany box including a quantity of bone circular counters (white, blue, yellow, red), and instruction pamphlet, Sole Makers...John Jaques & Son Ltd., Hatton Garden, London, E.C.
Box Size: 40cm x 22cm x 8cm.
Stock Reference: AS 1957
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'Very Good'. Box has probably been re-varnished, and the green baize inside the inner lid replaced. Some flaking and wear to the lead racehorses. Oil-cloth good.
A Note From Luke
The game was invented by E. St Clair (Patent, 1909) and marketed by Jaques & Son Ltd as 'Minoru' in December, 1909- named after King Edward VII's horse which famously won the Epsom Derby in that year. This game is a further development of Jaques's "Ascot" (1891), but the horses are moved by the turn of a card, rather than cords. It was marketed as an after-dinner grown-up gambling game, rather than a toy.
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