Rare, Wonderfully Graphic, and Fun 1884 Anderson Whist and Game Counter

Regular price $75.00

I really love this thing, an unusually elaborate whist and "game" (I am really not sure what specific games) counter, patented by "Anderson" (I have found nothing definitive about) in 1884. (Whist itself is a trick taking game, which I've happily learned takes its name from the 17th c. word whist (or wist), meaning quiet, silent, attentive, and the root of the modern wistful.) I love it as an object, and a mechanical one, with GAME in black caps running across the center, surrounded on all sides by numbered tabs, or "flaps," that each fold up or down in a very satisfying manner. Surely all sorts of ways to put this to use counting various things,  but I might put a hook on the back to hang it on the wall--looking almost like an antique typewriter but speaking a different language. 

4 3/8" x 2 5/8" x 11/16" and in very good condition, very sound and sturdy and with all parts operating smoothly.