Excellent Extra Large Set of Victorian Bone Spillikins in Original Wooden Box

Regular price $120.00

I find antique bone Spillikins/Spellicans to be pretty extraordinary things, and this is an especially lovely, and large, set. The predecessors to jack straws and pick up sticks,  from what I understand Spillikins originated in China but became very popular as a parlor game in Victorian England. I think this is likely two sets that were combined some time ago as it is rare to find such a large group of them, and I'm always especially happy to find the colored ones, of which there are a good number here. All or almost all feature hand-written point values on their reverse side.

There are no hooks per se here, but some of the pieces can be used as hooks, or one could fashion one from a piece of wire. To play, one drops--spills--the spillikins onto the table, then players alternately try to lift and extract pieces without disturbing any others, continuing until failing. The player with the most points at the end wins. Whether or not one actually plays with them though, what lovely things to have sitting around.

Pieces measure about 4 to 4 1/2” long. Box—into which they fit quite snugly, measures 5 3/8” x 1 1/2” x  1”. There are a couple with small broken bits, but almost all are in excellent condition. There is pencil writing on both sides of the slide tip lid of the box, which looks like names but which are a bit difficult to the decipher.