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The 15 Puzzle Gameboard (Game of 15 Pieces).....SALE PENDING
Northeast America, possibly invented in Canastota, New York, 19th century. Maple and pine. The 15-puzzle (also called Gem Puzzle, Boss Puzzle, Game of Fifteen, Mystic Square and many others) consists of a frame of numbered square tiles in random order with one tile position unoccupied (never had a 16th cube). The object is to order the tiles by making sliding moves that use this empty space. THIS GAME WAS A CRAZE IN AMERICAN IN THE 19TH CENTURY. A well made wooden example, each "cube" is cut with chamfered edges, its number intaglio impressed on its top and bottom surfaces. The edges of the frame have corresponding bevels. Modern versions of this game are plastic, cool to see a period predecessor, and one that can really be used. About 5 inches x 4 ¾. Provenance: Joan Thayer. .
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