The Popular Game of Tiddledy Winks

Object Number: 
2000.579
Date: 
1897
Medium: 
Cardboard, felt, glass, ivory
Dimensions: 
box: 2 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 in. ( 6.4 x 14.6 x 14.6 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "THE POPULAR GAME OF/ TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ New/ Edition/ 1897./ PARKER BROTHERS/ SALEM, MASS. U.S.A."
Description: 
"The Popular Game of Tiddledy Winks" table game with 28 ivory playing pieces, a glass cup, four circular green felt pads and an instruction booklet in a paper covered cardboard box; box has four trapezoidal dividers printed red, white, blue and yellow; box top chromolithographed with an image of a Victorian family seated around a table playing "Tiddledy Winks"; box cover inscribed, "THE POPULAR GAME OF/ TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ New/ Edition/ 1897./ PARKER BROTHERS/ SALEM, MASS. U.S.A.".
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