Improved Game of Tiddledy Winks

Improved Game of Tiddledy Winks
Improved Game of Tiddledy Winks
Title
Improved Game of Tiddledy Winks
Date 
1890
Medium 
Cardboard, felt, wood, ivory
Dimensions 
box: 1 5/8 x 8 x 4 1/2 in. ( 4.1 x 20.3 x 11.4 cm )
Description 
"Improved Game of Tiddledy Winks" table game with 27 ivory playing pieces, a wooden cup and three rectangular felt pads in a paper covered cardboard box; box top chromolithographed with an image of a frog smoking a pipe and holding a fishing rod; box cover inscribed, "IMPROVED GAME/ TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ PATENT NOV. 18 1890./ McLoughlin Bro's New-York".
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.570
Marks 
lithographed: on the box cover: "IMPROVED GAME/ TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ PATENT NOV. 18 1890./ McLoughlin Bro's 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