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DE LUXE ANTIQUE HALMA BOARD GAME CIRCA 1880
DE LUXE ANTIQUE HALMA BOARD GAME CIRCA 1880
DE LUXE ANTIQUE HALMA BOARD GAME CIRCA 1880
DE LUXE ANTIQUE HALMA BOARD GAME CIRCA 1880

DE LUXE ANTIQUE HALMA BOARD GAME CIRCA 1880

£175
(ID: 10865)

HALMA, a tactical war board game, was made by F H Ayres around 1880/ 1900. The boxes were made in a variety of forms. This hinged, mahogany example with the swing hooks to the front is the de luxe model. It measures 18 cms x 18 cms x 4cms deep. It has the Ayres label on the lid of Greek Gladiators in battle. Like chess it is tactical, methodical and all about strategically outmanoeuvring the opposition into defeat.

The game was invented in the 1880s by an American plastic surgeon at Harvard Medical School, George Howard Monks. An English game called Hoppity was the inspiration.

It is complete with thirteen green and red pieces and nineteen black and white. The pieces are made of wood with baize to the underside. Five of the pieces are missing their baize, but it does not make any difference to play, or the balance on the board. There is a slight 'nibble' out of the collar of one of the black pieces. After 130 years, it's in extremely good shape.

The board is made of stiff card, covered in tooled buckram, with the word, 'Halma' in gilt. It measures 18.5 x 37 cms closed and 37 x 37 cms open. The playing surface is covered in red and black leather and tan buckram squares, delineated with gilt strips and bordered with black, tooled leather with gilded foliate design.

A set of rules is provided is provided

ANTIQUE HALMA BOARD GAME CIRCA 1880 - vintage board game