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Get Rid of Huns

Maze Puzzle
about 1916
Place Of Origin

Wooden box with glass lid sealed to contain mercury. The base of the box is covered with a sheet of paper printed in red, blue, black and yellow to show a map of Europe and Russia; totally out of scale; water is blue, Allies red and named Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Italy, Belgium, Servia (note spelling) and Russia; the enemy is solid black with Berlin, Hunland and Turkey printed in white. In each corner is an image of a devil in red (Germany), blue (Austria), green (Hungary) and yellow (Turkey); at the mouths is an appropriately coloured spot to match one of the coloured card discs.
Between these faces are four yellow blocks with black and white border - each has one name of the title.
The map is cut with seven holes of different sizes, placed in each of the countries (UK, France, Italy, Servia, Belgium, Hunland and Russia).
The outside of the box is covered with very dark red paper, the underside with plain paper stained with red and green ink; the glass is held in place and edged with passe partout.

THE OBJECT OF THE TOY
This is a maze puzzle and the object is to fill each of the seven cut out holes with some of the mercury while placing the appropriately coloured disc on the spot.


object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
glass, wood, paper, card and mercury
Brief Description
Maze Puzzle, based upon events of the First World War, 1916.
Physical Description
Wooden box with glass lid sealed to contain mercury. The base of the box is covered with a sheet of paper printed in red, blue, black and yellow to show a map of Europe and Russia; totally out of scale; water is blue, Allies red and named Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Italy, Belgium, Servia (note spelling) and Russia; the enemy is solid black with Berlin, Hunland and Turkey printed in white. In each corner is an image of a devil in red (Germany), blue (Austria), green (Hungary) and yellow (Turkey); at the mouths is an appropriately coloured spot to match one of the coloured card discs.

Between these faces are four yellow blocks with black and white border - each has one name of the title.

The map is cut with seven holes of different sizes, placed in each of the countries (UK, France, Italy, Servia, Belgium, Hunland and Russia).

The outside of the box is covered with very dark red paper, the underside with plain paper stained with red and green ink; the glass is held in place and edged with passe partout.



THE OBJECT OF THE TOY

This is a maze puzzle and the object is to fill each of the seven cut out holes with some of the mercury while placing the appropriately coloured disc on the spot.
Dimensions
  • Length: 17.8cm
  • Width: 17.8cm
  • Depth: 1.7cm
Production typeMass produced
Credit line
Given by Mr. Richard Cripps
Object history
This toy belonged to Jack Martin Cripps, born May 27, 1906 in Sussex. He received the toy when 10 years old, 1916. Mr. Cripps died May 7, 1996.
Historical context
Many toys and games were designed during the First World War based upon the conflict both politically and militarily. This one is strictly political and produced before the entry into the war by United States or before the withdrawal of Russia.
Collection
Accession Number
B.186-1999

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record createdSeptember 29, 1999
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