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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.


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.