Bone and ebony double six dominoes - 1880
Bone and ebony chamfered double six dominoes with a flush rivet in original wooden slide-top box.
Dominoes originated in China in the 14th century but the first recorded European reference of the game being played was in the courts of Venice and Naples. The word domino is from the French 'black and white hood' worn by Christian priests and it's believed that the game arrived in Britain via French prisoners of war in the late 18th century. The game quickly became popular in inns and taverns. Each tile represents every permutation of the throw of two dice plus a blank making a total of 28 tiles.
Box dimensions: 18cm length x 6.5cm width x 6cm depth
Piece dimensions: 4.5cm length x 2cm width x 1cm depth
All in very good condition as is the box with great patina. Excellent Grade 1 under our grading system.