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Board game - The Popular Round Game of Patchesi
  • The Popular Round Game of Patchesi
    John Jaques & Son Ltd.
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The Popular Round Game of Patchesi

  • Object:

    Board game

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1890s (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Jaques & Son Ltd. (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed paper on card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by A. R. Martin

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Good Time Gallery, case 1

Pachisi has been played in India for many centuries and is considered the country's national game. The name is derived from the Indian word for 25, which is the highest throw of cowrie shell dice. The game was introduced into England at the end of the 19th century and became better known as Ludo. John Jaques registered the name Patchesi in 1887.

Physical description

Design: printed card playing surface, folded
No. of squares: 96
Squares illustrated: none
Square numbering: none
Subject of starting square: marked
Subject of ending square: marked

Place of Origin

London (published)


1890s (published)


John Jaques & Son Ltd. (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Printed paper on card


Height: 42 cm, Width: 42 cm

Object history note

Cross shape set against a diamond shaped board, with a centre square and four arms leading from it. Each arm has 24 squares of which each has 3 marked with a cross design.
John Jaques registered the name Patchesi in 1887.

CGG - Games & Puzzles, 1991

Historical context note

Rewards: extra turns
Forfeits: missed turns
No. of Players: 4
Equipment required: markers, counters, dice

Rules placement: ?

Descriptive line

Card board game, Patchesi, made in England by John Jaques & Son Ltd in the 1890s



Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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