Cardboard, felt, wood, ivory
box: 2 1/8 x 8 x 4 1/2 in. ( 5.4 x 20.3 x 11.4 cm )
lithographed: on the box cover: "TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ PATENT NOV. 18 1890./ McLOUGHLIN BROS N.Y."
"Tiddledy Winks" table game with 17 ivory playing pieces, 31 cardboard counters, a wooden cup, three rectangular felt pads and an instruction booklet in a paper covered cardboard box; box top chromolithographed with an image of a hand flipping winks into a cup; box cover inscribed, "TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ PATENT NOV. 18 1890./ McLOUGHLIN BROS N.Y.".
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.
The Liman Collection
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