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Black and White 19th Century Paint Decorated Parcheesi Board

Gorgeous Untouched Original Surface

Circa 1880s: Measuring a generous 19.5" square, this superb 19th century gameboard in original undisturbed black and white painted surface features extremely well rendered compass done pinstripe decoration that includes four arrows whose paths would connect at the center of the home square and twelve precisely placed eight-pointed stars on the playing field. The Parcheesi board's pinstriping is so fine and the subtle decoration is so expertly done and the compass work is so exact that only a practiced professional painter (most probably a carriage painter) could construct such a beautifully complex yet understated gameboard. Obviously, this is the work of a confident maker who has chosen to let the simplistic beauty of his compass-work line decoration, rather than a myriad of color, dictate the game's design and prove once again the classic artistic adage that less is more. Note the finely crazed surface of the paint decoration and the honest play wear of this well used and well loved board. This is exactly what one should look for and should expect to find in a 19th century board with an untouched original surface. Note, too, that the back of the board shows the same crazing as the front and that the two absolutely original support boards, made to prevent age warpage, are just a hair longer than the gameboard itself and demonstrate that the Parcheesi board itself shows the proper shrinkage for its 130-140 years of age. This is a very sophisticated and unusual gameboard that will satisfy even the most advanced collector.

Black and White 1880s Parcheesi Gameboard Original Untouched Surface For Sale From Z and K Antiques

Black and White 1880s Parcheesi Gameboard Original Untouched Surface For Sale From Z and K Antiques

Black and White 1880s Parcheesi Gameboard Original Untouched Surface For Sale From Z and K Antiques

Black and White 1880s Parcheesi Gameboard Original Untouched Surface For Sale From Z and K Antiques

Black and White 1880s Parcheesi Gameboard Original Untouched Surface For Sale From Z and K Antiques

Black and White 1880s Parcheesi Gameboard Original Untouched Surface For Sale From Z and K Antiques

Black and White 1880s Parcheesi Gameboard Original Untouched Surface For Sale From Z and K Antiques

Black and White 1880s Parcheesi Gameboard Original Untouched Surface For Sale From Z and K Antiques

Black and White 19th Century Paint Decorated Parcheesi Board
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