AUCTIONEER - VINTAGE WW1 CARD GAME. 1916
The object of this card game to collect as many pairs of cards as possible, which have various matching objects on them, such as would be auctioned from a farm/house clearance of the time. There are 24 cards - 12 pairings. The original rule sheet is present.
As well as the a gavel there were originally cardboard coins for the buyer to pay the auctioneer. These have sadly been lost in the nearly 100 year's it has been played with. Perhaps not surprising. We will be replacing the existing coloured counters with specific numbers of different coloured counters to represent the coinage. i.e. large Red may be 10 shillings, medium Yellow 5 shillings, small white 3pence or 'd' etc., So the game can be played very easily.
At the start of the game the cards are dealt and the coins distributed evenly. One player takes the first turn at being auctioneer. He takes up the gavel and declares an item for sale from his cards. The trick is the auctioneer can only describe the item by it's number of legs. Many different items have the same number of legs, so players have to bid on the chance that they are getting the item they need, without really knowing it. The purchaser of the card becomes the new auctioneer. As players earn pairs they set them aside and are assigned a value. When all cards are exhausted the winner is the one with the most value in pairs and in coins.