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Game of Napoleon: The Little Corporal

Object Name: Board game
Date: 1895
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Medium: Wood, cardboard, paper, metal
Dimensions: Overall: 1 1/4 x 17 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (3.2 x 44.4 x 44.4 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, Salem
Description: "Game of Napoleon: The Little Corporal" board game in a paper covered wood and carboard box with a drawer in the right sude to hold the playing pieces and the board applied across the bottom half of the box; board a winding path of laureled medallions and cartouche vignettes detailing the Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, including the coronation, crossing the alps, Waterloo and the exile to Elba; ox cover chromolithographed with a medallion full-length portrait, an image of the coronation, the Battle of Lodi and a seated medallion portrait; box cover inscribed, "GAME/ OF/ NAPOLEON/ THE/ LITTLE CORPORAL? THE CORONATION/ LODI/ Copyrighted 1895 Parker Brothers/ SALEM/ PARKER BROTHERS/ MASS USA"; playing pieces include a spinner with a metal arrow and and thirteen wooden playing pieces.
Credit Line: The Liman Collection
Object Number: 2000.349
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Napoleon's legendary conquests of the early 19th century continued to inspire long after his downfall. The Game of Napoleon leads players through the life of Napoleon, from his early military victories, to his coronation as Emperor, to his final exile on St. Helena.


Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.


"The Games We Played: Victorian Games from the Liman Collection," New-York Historical Society, December 4, 2001-March 24, 2002.