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Unusual Parcheesi Board with Anchor Corner Blocks

Circa 1890-1910: Measuring 32.5" square when displayed diagonally and 23.5" x 23" when hung traditionally, this visually graphic five color paint decorated Parcheesi board highlighting anchor with twining rope corner blocks was most probably sailor made on America's northeastern shoreline. This maritime board presents an unusual color palette of orange, ochre, black, and white on a burnt siennna ground. As expected, the original paint is finely crazed with no touch-ups, and the mitred frame is attached with early round nails used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The orange anchors are accented with black and white ropes that twist around its shank and accord the board a sense of movement and suspense which is enhanced when the board is exhibited diagonally and given the space to make it appear even larger than it actually is. This handsome Parcheesi game crosses over between maritime antiques and paint decorated gameboards, showing the ingenuity and influence of sailor made American folk art on one of the world's most popular games.

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5 Color Parcheesi Board with Anchor Corner Blocks

For Sale: $1,950

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