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Deep River, Indiana, Double Sided Paint Decorated Wooden Gameboard

Dated 1858

Circa 1858: It's always exciting to find a signed and dated gameboard (in this case pre Civil War) with its place name because the board pinpoints a dot on the map and carries the region's history and culture right along with it. Deep River, originally named Woodvale after its founder John Wood, was settled in the mid 1830s at the confluence of Lake County's Turkey Creek and Deep River in Northwest Indiana. This double sided checkerboard and Nine Men's Morris gameboard retains it original mustard and black paint decoration and is inscribed "1858 Deep River, Ind." Hung diagonally, as was its original intention, this wonderfully crazed and aged painted gameboard forms a visually dynamic 23 1/2" x 23 1/2" diamond. Both sides of this mid 19th century gameboard are equally delightful. The checkboard has its unique inscription with a compelling town name rife with metaphor, and the Nine Men's Morris has a wonderfully naive rendition of the game above an early and variegated mustard ground that only its 170 years of honest patina can give. This museum quality piece of early American folk art gives us a small glimpse into how Indiana's rural settlers might bide their time on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

1920s Antique Wooden Gameboard Checkers Black Yellow Border Octagonal Cutout For Sale

1920s Antique Wooden Gameboard Checkers Black Yellow Border Octagonal Cutout For Sale

1920s Antique Wooden Gameboard Checkers Black Yellow Border Octagonal Cutout For Sale

1920s Antique Wooden Gameboard Checkers Black Yellow Border Octagonal Cutout For Sale

1920s Antique Wooden Gameboard Checkers Black Yellow Border Octagonal Cutout For Sale

1920s Antique Wooden Gameboard Checkers Black Yellow Border Octagonal Cutout For Sale

1920s Antique Wooden Gameboard Checkers Black Yellow Border Octagonal Cutout For Sale

1920s Antique Wooden Gameboard Checkers Black Yellow Border Octagonal Cutout For Sale

1858 Indiana Gameboard
For Sale: $1250


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