19th CENTRY BONE 8-SIDED TEETOTUM - SPINNING DICE
A good example of an octagonal (8-sided) Teetotum or spinning dice. This form of dice was often used with the folding linen table games such as the Game of Goose and other subject matters.
Based on the same principle of moving around a numbered sheet encountering historical dates or events, or ideas on society and manners, etc. etc., the first one to the final square being the winner.
This example retains almost all its original painted decoration and numbering in black and red. So often these have become rubbed clear and then repainted. The type of hand-scipted numbering is a good clue to the age and authenticity of the item.
These were made in bone, ivory and vegetable ivory. This is bone which is clear, particularly from the handle where the striations of the blood vessel channels can be clearly seen.