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17th & 18th Century Game Demonstrations
"English/Celtic Pub Games"
Unique Family Fun for All Ages
The sutlery was partially started by my search for period toys and games to keep my own children occupied at rendezvous, historical Pirate Festivals, as well as French & Indian War Encampments.
Our first game we put together was a chess/backgammon combo that we personally painted and made out of a 2 bottle wooden wine box. This game set still exists and a prized piece. Now my children are grown and on their own (note the blue star banner at the top of the page), they are still playing board and table games (everything does not have to be electronic to have fun). I jokingly tell people that my endeavor in life is to put Nintendo, XBox, and PlayStation out of business... (I enjoy my Wii every now and then :-).
Myself along with my companion/boyfriend, my father, my kids, other family members and associates, we have put together a selection of 17th and 18th century games that are simple but enjoyable by the whole family.We do have more involved games for the families or individuals that want to learn them.
It does not take 110V or hundreds of dollars to keep a child occupied or entertained. Our gaming demonstrations are to encourage family time with games, learning a new game is and can be enjoyed by children of all ages, as well as the history of the game and a bit about those who played them.
Some of my games and accoutrements were purchased and used by Fourth Mate Productions for their films: Pirates of the Caribbean II, III, and the approaching release of IV, as well as the documentary recently aired on National Geographic about Ben Franklin's Irish Pirate Fleet (during the American Revolution).
My Son Joseph and I at Ft. Frederick maryland playing numerous games of chess
My son & I at Ft. Frederick Maryland (1999). Joey is now a US Army Ranger!!
3 Generations at Monticello
Three generations (myself, my dad, and
my daughter) at Monticello years ago (1993).

Hampton Blackbeard Festival Game Crew (2009)

Rock Hall Pirates & Wenches
Weekend Game Crew (2010)

Blackbeard Pirate Festival
(Hampton, VA) Game Crew (2010).
For this one my brother and nephews came along to help out!!!

An example of the banter, yet interactive time devoted to children of all ages
(picture from Fort Frederick 2009).

If you have a festival or event that you would like us to demonstrate these games at, please feel free to contact me: . We have period clothing from 17th Century Piracy, F&I, Rev War, War of 1812, Civil War, as well as celtic garb for Highland or Scottish Festivals.
Our gaming demonstration fees are worked out based on your festivals rules and accommodations, we do request to be allowed to sell the games we are teaching to help offset travel expenses, insurance, and registration fees. Letters of reference of available, upon request.

We have participated at the following events: Hampton Blackbeard Festival, Fort Ticonderoga, Historic Bethlehem PA Celtic Classic, Locust Grove (Louisville, KY), Mt. Vernon (Alexandria, VA), Rock Hall MD Pirate Festival, Boston Commons, Philadelphia's Franklin Institute, and numerous more. We have traveled from Maine to Georgia (skipped Florida and travelled all the way down to Key West), and from the Atlantic Coast to St. Louis (with the willingness to go further). Continue to see pictures from various festivals and events.

We add new games as we find the historical documentation and feel confident enough to teach young and old minds alike. Thank you to those boys & girls that know the new meaning to a "Spanking machine," and how to have fun with two simple pieces of wood.

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Game Table set up at Thomas Paine Cottage
gaming table set up at Paine Cottage in New Rochelle, NY

One of Rockford Plantation (Lancaster, PA) Tavern Nights during 2011.

Our picture from Mt. Vernon Game Demonstrations
My boyfriend Everett and I dressed for the gardens and alot of games of chess at Mt. Vernon in 2008.

Everett teaching a gentleman Nine-Man-Morris at a Christmas Tavern Night at Greenbank Grist Mills, (outside of WIlmington, DE).

This photo of Everett teaching a young lady to play Nine-Man-Morris made it into the local paper covering the event.

A captured pirate?? A still of Everett from the National Geographic documentary on Ben Franklin's Pirate Fleet.
3 Generations of Re-enactors,
and a Unique Extended Family of Gamers.

Pics of Children and Families Playing at the 2009 Celtic Classic (Bethlehem, PA)

Bone & Rosewood Dominoes

Finely crafted from bone and rosewood, a complete set of 28 double-six dominoes in a wooden hinged lid box with a small brass clasp to keep it closed (dimension of each domino=0.875 in by 1.875 in).

$28.00 each set

History on Dominoes: Dominoes are small tiles traditionally carved from ivory or bone with small, round pips of inset ebony. These tiles may be used to play many different games. The name for these tiles may derive from this black on white look. 'Domino' is the French word for a Christian priest's winter hood which was black on the outside and white on the inside. 'Domino' is also a style of mask featuring a black and white motif.
The oldest domino sets date from around 1120 A.D. Dominoes, as most of the Western world knows them, however, appear to be a Chinese invention. The game appeared first in China, probably derived from cubic dice, which had been introduced into China from India some time in the dim and distant past. Each domino originally represented one of the twenty-one results of throwing two dice. 
Some time in the early 18th century dominoes made their way to Europe, making their first appearance in Italy. Its surprising that it took this long for the game to make the trip since the silk road would have been open for quite some time before this date. The game changed somewhat in the translation from Chinese to European culture.

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Captain's Mistress Games

Wooden version of 4 In a Row or Connect 4.
A kind of vertical tic-tac-toe, this wood version has 42 pieces made of light (21) and dark (21) colored wood. This is a great tavern game and not just for those sea-worthy types!!.

$35.00 each (small: 7-5/8" x 5-1/4" x 2")
$60.00 each
(large: 11-1/4" x 9" x 2-5/8")

History on the Captain's Mistress Game:  There is a persistent legend that on this three major voyages, Captain Cook used this game nightly to relax with his fellow shipmates... naturalist Sir Joseph Banks and botanist Daniel Solander. Cook spent so much time playing the game, it came to be known as The Captain's Mistress Game. The object of the game is simple, yet the strategies are endless. Players try to line up four of their hardwood "rounds" in a row, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. the cabinet is beautifully made, with brass fittings, burlwood inlay on top, mitered joints and a lustrous, stained finish. At game's end, pull the bottom retaining "gangplank" and the hardwood "rounds" drop back into the cabinet.

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16th Century French Playing Cards

This is a reproduction of a deck dated to 1567 that is based on a set of face cards by Pierre Marechal of Rouen, France. The cards of Rouen are significant because many were produced for export to Britain. English merchants are even said to have bought them for re-export to other countries. In 1628 England banned the importation of cards, and English printers have been shown to have used Rouen face cards as inspiration for their own cruder, more stylized decks which have become the standard motifs still used in many modern decks. This a full 52-card deck without jokers (Jokers were not added until the 19th century.) The backs are blank as was most common on early cards.

$7.50 each deck

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18th Century English Playing Cardss

A reproduction of an English deck, circa 1750. One source attributes them to an undocumented printer "Bamford of London" but the initials HC on the King of Hearts suggest that the printing blocks may have been originally produced by someone else. Playing cards were printed in England as early as the 1400s, but the earliest surviving English decks date only to the 1600s and no colored examples of English face cards have survived that date prior to the 1700s. The classic style of this deck makes it a good representative of decks used in both Britain and the U.S.A. from the early 18th century up to the late 19th century. Although jokers were not used until the 1800's, we have included jokers inspired by the face cards for games that require them. Appropriate for Re-enactors from Restoration England to American Civil War.

$7.50 each deck

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Small Wood Cribbage Board Set with Bone/Horn Pegs

Small Wooden Traveling Cribbage Set

Small wooden traveling cribbage board, the end of the box swings open to store the cards and pegs inside for a complete compact game set. The pegs are made of bone and the deck is a colonial deck of playing cards (no backs and no numbers appear on the faces).

$26.00 each set

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Small Bone or Horn Dice
Your choice of bone or solid black horn (front row above and on the left). 1/4 in cube. When the bone is cut and is this small it gets very yellow.
 $4.00 pair
Medium Bone or Horn Dice
Your choice of bone or solid black horn ((front row above and on the right). 3/8 in cube.
 $3.00 pair
Large Bone or Horn Dice
Your choice of bone, colorful horn, or solid black horn (back row in above photo). 5/8 in cube.
 $3.00 pair
Small Farkel Game Set made of All Cow Horn
Small Horn Farkle
(or Farkel) Game Set

Small horn cup with cap, 6 tiny bone or horn dice, and instructions of play (rules and scoring). Historically the game is played with 5 dice (per the included instructions), but modern versions and online e-games are now played with 6 dice, so the 6th tiny dice is included so you can play both ways!.
 $38.00 set
Small Farkel Farkle Game set made of bone and horn
Farkle History:  The original game is said to have been first played in Iceland by Sir Albert Farkle in the 14th century. Since then, it has been played in a few different styles, but the original game has survived for over 700 years. The first printed reference to Farkle is found in a festival directory printed during the time of Shakespeare

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Colonial Coin Currerncy/Game Counters

Game Counters

$5.00 set of 4 coins

$5.00 each fish (bone or horn)

Bone & Horn Fish Shape Colonial Game Counters Pieces
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The Mill, Nine Men's Morris, Morelles, 9 Man Morris
The Mill, Nine Men's Morris, Morelles, 9 Man Morris
This game set includes: one solid pine game board, 9 white marbles and 9 colored marbles; all are included in a bag with the history, complete instructions, and examples.
The Mill Game also known as "Morelles" and "Nine Men's Morris." The basic concept of this game is simple, yet there are several levels of strategy involved so the game actually gets more interesting the more you play it. The object of the game is to place all nine of your pieces on the board and maneuver them so as to capture your opponent's pieces. There are three phases of play in the game. (1) placing the pieces; (2) moving the pieces; and (3) hopping.  $16.00 each game
Bone Resin Put & Take Game Top

Put & Take
A centuries-old variation on dicing, also called a "Teetotum," or "Ante-up" the players each ante a coin, or two, then take turns spinning the top. The side that lands facing up tells you if must "put" more into the pot, or if you can "take" coins from it. This one is an 8-sided style, molded in resin to simulate bone. Similar tops are used for "pirate" games like "Morgan's Revenge" Approximately 1-3/8 inches tall.
 $7.50 each

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Small Wood Shut-the-Box Game
Wood Shut-The-Box Game Large Version (12 tiles)

Roll the dice and lay down any numerical combination of tiles that match your roll. Just keep on rolling until you can no longer match your roll on the remaining tiles. The lowest score wins the game. If you lay down all the tiles, then you've "shut the box." Either size can be played with any number of players. It is sure to bring the old century charm to your home, game, or boat! This game also makes a fun, yet educational way to teach children their numbers and recognizing the number as well as some math (dots on the dice to the arabic number, etc).

History:  Shut-the-Box is a traditional game of counting, addition, and probability. Dating back to at least the 12th century to the Normandy (northern France) or the Channel Islands (English Channel, United Kingdom). This game was enjoyed by Norman fishermen after a long day at sea, as well as into the 19th century where Hudson Bay Company trappers mention the games.

$16.00 each (small: This wood and smaller version has 10 numbers (& comes with large horn dice). The smaller version is perfect size for traveling. Size: Approximately 6 x 9 inches.)
$25.00 each
This wood version with a felt playing surface has 12 numbers (& comes with large bone dice). The larger version allows more numerical combinations into play. Size: 13.5 x 9.125 inches.)

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Colored Stick Pencils

Offered is one dozen little sticks made into a set of colored pencils. No two pencils are alike, but sometimes some of the colors are similar. Each pencil is approximately 3-1/2 inches long and bundled into a set of twelve. These are great for young children in camp and help to keep the "modern crayons" out of site..

$6.00 each set


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