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CombinationTiddledy Winks

CombinationTiddledy Winks
CombinationTiddledy Winks
Title
CombinationTiddledy Winks
Date 
ca. 1890
Medium 
Cardboard, paper, wood, bone, felt
Dimensions 
Overall: 2 x 9 1/4 x 12 1/2 in. ( 5.1 x 23.5 x 31.8 cm )
Description 
"Combination Tiddledy Winks" table game with 30 bone playing pieces, two felt mats, a wooden cup, and a cardboard target with numbered holes cut out and two kittens lithographed on one side and a target printed on the other in a paper covered cardboard box; box top chromolithographed with an image of two kittens behind a pot into which winks are falling; box cover inscribed, "COMBINATION/ TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ 7748/ McLOUGHLIN BROS., NEW YORK".
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.581
Marks 
lithographed: on the box cover: "COMBINATION/ TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ 7748/ McLOUGHLIN BROS., NEW YORK".
Gallery Label 
Tiddledy Winks, first patented in England in 1889 and marketed to an adult audience, captivated Americans during the 1890s. The game's general concept is flicking a game piece (wink) with another instrument (tiddledy or squidger) to make the wink fly into the air. The modern spelling, tiddlywinks, came into use during the 1950s.
Bibliography 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group