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CombinationTiddledy Winks

Object Number: 
2000.581
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 )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "COMBINATION/ TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ 7748/ McLOUGHLIN BROS., NEW YORK".
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".
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.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group