VICTORIAN, ANTIQUE SPADE SHAPED CRIBBAGE BOARD WITH SILVER DECORATION
Unusually the Anchor mark is on its side rather than vertical. There seems to be some debate as to when this occurs, some suggesting it may indicate platinum rather than silver. Visible, along with the anchor mark for Birmingham is the gothic lower-case 'y' which dates the item to 1898. Unfortunately, one of the holes punched to take a peg has obliterated the third mark which would have given the maker.
The board is made of ebony and has a nice, weighty feel to it. The back of the board has a compartment for the four pegs with a swing lid to keep them in place. It measures approximately 17 cm long by 13 cm at the widest point.
In 30 years of trading this is only the third example we have had and a very good one it is too, with no damage. To our knowledge there is one on sale for £565 at present. Maybe we purchased more judiciously, but we are happy to offer this rare board at a much lower price.