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SIGNED Primitive Painted Gameboard Inscribed "ALL HANDS ON DECK"......SALE PENDING
Hingham, Massachusetts, ca. mid-19th century. Original black paint on a light blue-gray. Intaglio stamped three times with the mark "WDavis", for William Davis 1805-1885, a Hingham maker of masts, spars, pumps, and blocks who lived on a wharf in Hingham. Perhaps it was trade from that wharf with seafaring ships that prompted the scratched inscription ALL HANDS ON DECK. The squares were laid out with incised borders, and although fairly straight, few of the squares are of the same size, and the game is not centered within the rough-cut board. I find these quirky, folky characteristics so desirable. Deep dark patina on back and sides. About 12 5/8 inches x 10 5/8. See Bucket Town, Woodenware and Wooden Toys of Hingham, Massachusetts, Derin Bray, page 75-76 for information about William Davis, including a photo of the identical mark.
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