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Card game - Historical Lotto

Historical Lotto

  • Object:

    Card game

  • Place of origin:

    England, Great Britain (published)

  • Date:

    ca. 1870 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Jaques & Son Ltd. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed card

  • Museum number:

    E.1801&:1 to 35, A-1954

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Lotto is played like bingo and has always been a game of chance. Publishers of children's games decided to use the format as an educational tool. This is a historical version and is subtitled ‘Events in the Lives of Monarchs from William I to William IV’. Unusually, it has an inventor, a Mrs Anderson. There are 35 large cards, each with the name of a monarch, and 14 dates or numbers associated with their reign. The players must fill up the large cards with the correct smaller cards, which are drawn from a bag.

Physical description

Design: folding mahogany box; 35 large printed cards and 526 small cards
No. of cards: 35 + 526

Place of Origin

England, Great Britain (published)


ca. 1870 (published)


John Jaques & Son Ltd. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed card

Object history note

Lotto has always been primarily a game of chance. Publishers of children's games decided to use the format as an educational tool and Jaques soon turned its attention to this form of play. They were not alone and many publishers produced games of varying difficulty.

Games & Puzzles, CGG, 1991

Historical context note

No. of Players: any
Equipment required: folding board,
large and small cards
bone counters
double sheet of rules
original box

The players must fill up their large cards with the correct smaller cards which are drawn from a fabric bag.


folding mahogany board with a hinged leg at one end by which the board may be tilted to form a chute down the grooves of which a marble ball may descend to ring a bell suspended from a metal stand at the bottom. This is a timing device for the players.
samll tray of mahogany to hold 127 bone counters, red and white
35 large cards, lettered wsith dates, events etc in the lives of British monarchs from william I to William IV
526 small cards in a blue fabric bag, 485 of which bear numbers
double sheet of rules with advertisements for other games on the back
wooden box divided into 3 compartments with a sliding lid bearing a label with a printed title.


Descriptive line

Boxed card game, Historical Lotto, made in England by John Jaques & Son in about 1870


Children & Childhood; Games

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