ANTIQUE DEXTERITY PUZZLE CIRCA 1920 WITH MIRRORED BACK - AFRICAN AMERICAN GENTLEMAN SMOKING
A fine example of a post World War One hand-held dexterity puzzle. Probably made in Germany around 1920, the puzzle has no maker's name or country of origin. This was not unusual. Following the Second World War, German goods were often marked as 'foreign'.
The subject matter of this particular puzzle is of great interest. There are many collectors of items associated with the depiction of black, African American, people in a society dominated by the ruling white populations. In this case a rather finely dressed Dandy, smoking a cheroot.
The puzzle is 6cms in diameter and has a glass top with a mirrored back which has a rope-twist edging to that side. The image is a beautifully coloured paper lithograph and all are held in place by a white metal strip. It is in very good to excellent condition for age, with no cracks to glass or mirror.