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VICTORIAN TREEN (WOODEN) PUZZLE BALL - Circa 1850
This treen puzzle ball measures 2.25" (5cms) and is made of a wood I can't identify. It is very light. There are a myriad of overlapping, incised, concentric circles which go to confuse the eye. Because of the lightness of the wood, and the very small, incised turned concentric circles I think this dates around 1850. Like all these puzzle balls the trick is to discover which cents of which lot of concentric rings is to be pushed to make the other end push out, thus providing the container with the object inside. A sovereign, half sovereign or perhaps a pearl, a ring - who knows? You will see that from constant wear on this example the end that is pushed for the compartment to come out is quite worn. However, it does line up better than I have done it in this image, with the lines matching up perfectly. I didn't pay attention to that detail after I had put it back together.