Museum Open Monday

The New-York Historical Society Museum will be open Monday, December 22. For details, please visit our calendar.

The Round Game of Tiddledy Winks

The Round Game of Tiddledy Winks
Title
The Round Game of Tiddledy Winks
Date 
1890
Medium 
Cardboard, wood, ivory
Dimensions 
box: 1 3/4 x 3 5/8 x 4 3/4 in. ( 4.4 x 9.2 x 12.1 cm )
Description 
"The Round Game of Tiddledy Winks" table game with 13 ivory playing pieces and a wooden cup in a paper covered cardboard box; box top lithographed with an image of a cat skipping rope and winks flipping into a cup; box cover inscribed, "THE/ ROUND/ GAME of/ TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ McLOUGHLIN BROS./ NEW YORK".
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.577
Marks 
lithographed: on the box cover: "THE/ ROUND/ GAME of/ TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ 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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group