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Combination Tiddledy Winks

Object Name: Skill and action game
Date: ca. 1890
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Medium: Cardboard, paper, wood, bone, felt
Dimensions: Overall: 2 x 9 1/4 x 12 1/2 in. (5.1 x 23.5 x 31.8 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: "Combination Tiddledy Winks" tabletop skill and action game of tiddlywinks with 30 bone playing pieces, two felt mats, a wooden cup, and a cardboard target with numbered holes cut out and two kittens lithographed on one side and a target printed on the other in a paper covered cardboard box; box top chromolithographed with an image of two kittens behind a pot into which winks are falling; box cover text: "COMBINATION/ TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ 7748/ McLOUGHLIN BROS., NEW YORK".
Credit Line: The Liman Collection
Object Number: 2000.581
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Tiddledy Winks, first patented in England in 1889 and marketed to an adult audience, captivated Americans during the 1890s. The game's general concept is flicking a game piece (wink) with another instrument (tiddledy or squidger) to make the wink fly into the air. The modern spelling, tiddlywinks, came into use during the 1950s.

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.