Gaming Board

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About This Object
“Old Fox and Geese” pine games board. Black leaded, inscribed with line identification. A variety of board games were played on board eighteenth century warships. Fox and Geese is a traditional game going back hundreds of years. It is played upon a cross shaped board, like this one, with a red or black draught representing the fox, and fifteen white draughts representing the geese. The Fox starts in the middle of the board and the geese occupy all squares of one arm of the cross plus the whole first adjacent row. Fox & Geese is a game of inequality. The geese cannot capture the fox but aim, through the benefit of numbers, to hem the fox in so that he cannot move. The objective of the fox on the other hand, is to capture geese until it becomes impossible for them to trap him.
Catalogue Number
Length: 200mm
Width: 120mm
Depth: 10mm (3/8")
Weight: (0.1kg)
Production Date
Pre 1758
Production Period
Eighteenth Century