Tiddledy Winks

Object Number: 
ca. 1890
Cardboard, glass, ivory
box: 1 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 4 5/8 in. ( 4.4 x 11.4 x 11.7 cm )
lithographed: on the box cover: "TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ McLoughlin Bros/ New/ York."
"Tiddledy Winks" table game with 19 ivory playing pieces and a glass cup 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/ 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.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group