Tag Archives: historic games

It’s Your Move—the Market for Vintage and Antique Chess Sets

Above and below: French .800 Silver and Parcel-gilt Chess Set, late 19th/early 20th century, bearing maker’s mark “G Fres” possibly for Guillemin Frères, sold for $25,830

The pandemic has fueled renewed interest in board games as people worldwide stay safe at home and seek diversions. The recent popularity of the Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit” has toy industry and market analysts noting triple-digit increases in the sale of chess sets to an already “hot” market. 

Chess is an ancient game, originating in 6th-century India; it wasn’t until the mid-19th century that the form of the pieces we are familiar with today were standardized.Read More

A Collection of Historic Games at Skinner

One of the world’s most popular games, cribbage, has a broad and cross-cultural international following in the English-speaking world. Its counting boards, simply composed of neatly parallel rows of holes almost always grouped in double sets of five, are instantly recognizable, even if you aren’t a seasoned cribbage master.

Cribbage was invented, reportedly by an Englishman named Sir John Suckling, in the early 17th century. Played with just a deck of cards, the counting board, and markers called “pegs” which fit into the board’s holes, the game is compact, simple to learn, and satisfyingly strategic.… Read More

Discovery – Interiors Online May 12 through May 20 features Coins, Currency and a Collection of Historic Games

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner is hosting an auction of Interiors online from May 12 through May 20. Interested bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person on Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18, or anytime online. Kerry Shrives, Senior Vice President of Skinner, Inc., notes, “A variety of individual collections headline Interiors online, as May’s eclectic sale showcases a breadth of offerings from America, Europe and Asia sourced by Skinner, all with the convenience of bidding from home or away.”

The auction leads off with a selection of coins and currency including 18th and 19th century United States large cents, Carson City Morgan dollars, American gold coinage, Colonial, fractional, and obsolete paper currency, items of international interest, and silver and copper coins from ancient Greek and Roman civilizations.… Read More