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Chivalry

Object Name: Board game
Date: 1880-1890
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Medium: Cardboard, paper, wood
Dimensions: Open (board): 16 1/2 x 16 in. (41.9 x 40.6 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, Salem
Description: Board game with 40 playing pieces half red, half white and a paper instruction booklet in a paper box; paper covered cardboard board with a blue and yellow checkerboard with battle scenes and castles in the corners; board printed twice with text: "CHIVALRY/ COPYRIGHTED 1888 BY GEO. S. PARKER & CO/ PATENT APPLIED FOR/ Published By/ PARKER BROS. SALEM, MASS."; board label pritned with two knights jousting and text: "CHIVALRY/ THE GREATEST MODERN/ BOARD GAME OF/ SKILL/ GEO. S. PARKER & CO./ PUBLISHERS, SALEM, MASS."
Credit Line: The Liman Collection
Object Number: 2000.234
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In 1887, George Parker touted his newly-introduced Chivalry as "the Best game in 2,000 years." Unlike the typical Victorian-era board games, Chivalry had complex rules and demanded strategic skill to win. The game proved a flop with the public but was reissued years later as Camelot, with new rules and greater commercial success.

Bibliography:

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

Exhibitions:

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