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The Game of Goose

Board Game
ca. 1910 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The Game of Goose is generally regarded as the first race game and was developed in Italy in the mid-16th century. This version by Spears uses the traditional spiral layout for the playing squares, but is unusual in that there are 68 rather than 63 playing spaces and all the ones that need an action in the play are marked by geese. The box for this particular game is interesting as it was adapted by the Tom Smith cracker company to hold Christmas Crackers.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 5 parts.

  • Box
  • Playing Pieces
  • Rules
  • Playing Piece Parts
  • Board Game Board
Materials and Techniques
Chromolithograph, mounted on card
Brief Description
Printed card game, The Game of Goose, printed in Germany by J W Spear & Sons Ltd about 1910
Physical Description
Design: chromolithography mounted on card, folded in three; original card box

No. of squares: 68

Squares illustrated: all

Square numbering: all

Squares titled: none

Subject of starting square: pond

Subject of ending square: picnic scene
Dimensions
  • Length: 44cm
  • Width: 28.5cm
Size: 11 1/4in x 17 1/4in
Production typeMass produced
Credit line
Given by Eileen A. Brock
Object history
trademark of Spear & Sons - lance with standard marked SPEAR SERIES

ending square shows a picnic being disrupted by geese

box has large pictorial label showing 2 children fending off geese with an umbrella; trademark has been black out and overprinted with TOM SMITH'S

inside is a compartment with yellow strings to hold Christmas crackers and inside of lid has a typed label No. 3160 GAME OF GOOSE. A CHRISTMAS GAMES

J W SPEAR & SONS, London, founded 1877

CGG-GAMES & PUZZLES, 1991
Historical context
Rewards: forward movement, extra turns, receipt of counters

Forfeits: backward movement, missed turns, payment of counters

No. of Players: 6

Equipment required: 6 cardboard geese, dice , counters



Rules placement: sheet marked 5719/1
Production
printed in the Spears Works, Bavaria; used by Tom Smith's crackers for a Christmas box
Summary
The Game of Goose is generally regarded as the first race game and was developed in Italy in the mid-16th century. This version by Spears uses the traditional spiral layout for the playing squares, but is unusual in that there are 68 rather than 63 playing spaces and all the ones that need an action in the play are marked by geese. The box for this particular game is interesting as it was adapted by the Tom Smith cracker company to hold Christmas Crackers.
Collection
Accession Number
MISC.164:1 to 5-1986

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record createdMarch 4, 2000
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