Mustard-Yellow and Green Gameboard. Signed.
Eastern, possible Mid-Atlantic/Southern, and quite early, ca. 1840-1860. Unusual swelled form with original mustard and green (not black) paint on a notably heavy yellow-pine plank. Earlier than most gameboards we find, it is decorated with half-moons with incised halos, and in the corners shapes sometimes called a “superellipse”, enclosed within incised circles. In quilting this shape is known as “cathedral windows”. Signed on the reverse D.D. Hallman, in the same green and yellow paint, so likely the maker or for whom the board was made. High character original crackled surface with often played in-use period wear. Maximum dimensions about 15 ½ inches long x 11 wide x ¾ thick.