GETTYSBURG PARLOR GAME, CIRCA 1890

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Item Code: 635-503

More widely attributed to originating in India in the late 19th century, the game carrom quickly became a popular parlor game amongst Victorian society.  The game could be played with multiple players, perfect for Victorian entertaining.  The object of most carrom inspired board games was similar to billiards; to “pot”/ place the carrom men (disks) into one of the four corner holes.  Conversely, the item pictured here varies slightly in that you start with the same number of men, 6, and you have to flick your men to land (or in close proximity to) the encircled numbers on the board.  The object of this Gettysburg game is to have most, if not all, of your disks on the board, forcing the opponent’s men into one of the 8 holes, also known as prison.  Depending on where your men are located on the board you generate points.

This version of carrom has a 29” x 29” wooden board (the exact same size as a traditional carrom game), with 8 holes, as opposed to 4, along the outer boarder.  Centered is a panoramic color drawing of the battle of Gettysburg.  There are encircled numbers throughout the board corresponding to strategic battle locations.  The top of the board reads “PARLOR GAME/ BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG,” and cannons are in each corner.  To the left of the battle drawing is a list of both Confederate and Union generals.  Below is a map key for the numbers on the board, and to the right of the drawing is a description of the battle.  In the bottom right corner reads “MANUFACTURED BY/ LAFFERTY & SMITH/ CAMPTOWN, PA.”  Charles S. Lafferty was a well-known merchant in Bradford County, Camptown, Pennsylvania.  He owned and operated three general-like stores in the area from 1860-1880.  In 1878 brothers P.A and C.C Smith worked with Lafferty until 1880 where they then purchased the business.

Overall, the board is in fair condition.  There are several spots with paper loss and the paper is flaking.  On the right-hand side there are 5 large surface cracks.  The 8 boarder holes still retain their original shape, but half have paper loss and wood chipping.  The game board is in enclosed in a 1 ½” raised wooden frame with minor chipping.  On reverse, in the bottom left corner, are instruction for how to play “The Great Parlor Game, Battle of Gettysburg.”  [mc] [ph:L]

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