Antique American Folk Art Double-Sided Game Board
Circa 1880s, New England Origin
Measuring a little under 19 inches square, his handsome double-sided New England game board has all the bells and whistles that collectors desire: untouched original surface, superb graphic appeal, multiple borders, and good old honest wear in all the right places. Because of its intricate, detailed design and complex color scheme, this 19th century American game board was probably created by an experienced craftsman who made a living painting and pinstriping carriages.
One way to tell that the surface of the board is in original paint is to note the two knothole stains that show on both sides. Had the board been repainted, the knotholes would not show. Both sides of the board have excellent visual appeal. The parcheesi game's six-color polychromatic paint scheme jumps out at the viewer and the eight-pointed star helps lend motion to the board. In contrast, the checkers game is quiet and elegant with its three pinstriped borders on a simple cream ground. Wear on both sides is consistent with age and is just what one wants to see. This is a fabulous game board.
Antique American Folk Art Game Board