THE PIGGERIES TABLE GAME- 19210 by Spears DRGM
A fully working example of this delightful game by Spears when they still had their factory in Germany. Pre First World War and probably Edwardian, Spear were still manufacturing their games and toys in Bavaria.
The label to the inside of the lid says 'EngL Patent - DRGM 234615 - U.S.A. PATENT.
The game is set up as can be seen in the picture and the players then put money or counters in the pool. The pigs are placed with their hind legs on the lowest step of the ribbed planks of wood. At the sound of 'Ready, Steady, Go!' each of the four players move their pig up the plank, rib by rib by pulling gently and at a certain angle. There is a certain technique which is quickly learnt. If the string is pulled too hard or violently the pig will fall of the plank which means starting at the bottom.
The last image shows the pigs upside down and the spring mechanism underneath which enables the pigs to climb
Pure dexterity and adrenalin of who can get their pig to market first. When I was first asked to play this some 20 years ago, I wasn't interested. However, once tried, once smitten. It's simply great fun.
The rules stipulate "Throughout the game, the pigs must not be touched by the hand"!
N.B. We have another example of this. Box more distressed and the piggeries house, not in tact, but the necessary original pieces all present to coax the pigs up into the Piggeries to see who get get theirs in first! Fun game