New England, ca. 1870. Hardwood, appears to be birch. Rich color highlighted by free-hand painted yellow lining. Probably executed by a professional painter, who also did coaches, trade signs and other decorative works. Tight crazing to the original over-varnish (which has kept the colors vibrant). Very good condition with minor imperfections. About 18 7/8 inches wide x 19 1/4 tall x 3/4 inch thick. Retains early brass hanging hook. Best paint decorated flat checkerboard that I have had in some time. Not one of the many 20th century boards, rather one with good age.
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