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Chivalry: The Greatest Modern Board Game of Skill

Object Number: 
2000.234
Date: 
1880-1890
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper, wood
Dimensions: 
Open (board): 16 1/2 × 16 in. (41.9 × 40.6 cm)
Marks: 
lithographed: on the board: twice, " "CHIVALRY/ COPYRIGHTED 1888 BY GEO. S. PARKER & CO/ PATENT APPLIED FOR/ Published By/ PARKER BROS. SALEM, MASS." lithographed: on the board label: "CHIVALRY/ THE GREATEST MODERN/ BOARD GAME OF/ SKILL/ GEO. S. PARKER
Description: 
"Chivalry: The Greatest Modern Board Game of Skill" board game with 40 playing pieces half red, half white and a paper instruction booklet in a paper box; paper covered cardboard board with a blue and yellow checkerboard with battle scenes and castles in the corners; board inscribed, "CHIVALRY/ COPYRIGHTED 1888 BY GEO. S. PARKER & CO/ PATENT APPLIED FOR/ Published By/ PARKER BROS. SALEM, MASS."; board label with two knights jousting and the inscription, "CHIVALRY/ THE GREATEST MODERN/ BOARD GAME OF/ SKILL/ GEO. S. PARKER & CO./ PUBLISHERS, SALEM, MASS."
Gallery Label: 
In 1887, George Parker touted his newly-introduced Chivalry as "the Best game in 2,000 years." Unlike the typical Victorian-era board games, Chivalry had complex rules and demanded strategic skill to win. The game proved a flop with the public but was reissued years later as Camelot, with new rules and greater commercial success.
Bibliography: 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group