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Festungs- und Belagerungs-Spiel (Neues Kriegs-Spiel). (Festung und Lager - title from cover.)

Turn-of-the-century German children's dice-based war game, the contents comprised of a set of 32 stiff lithographed cardboard pieces for constructing and playing the "fortress" side, a set of 30 stiff lithographed cardboard pieces for constructing and playing the "siege" side and 3 small stiff lithographed cardboard tents, 20 painted tin cannons in two colors, 2 dice, and a set of 38 metallic paper coins with a small drawstring bag, together with a single sheet of instructions. Game housed in original chromolithographed cardboard box with full-color illustration to lid depicting the setup of the game. Overall size of box 10-7/8 x 14-7/8 x 1-1/2 inches. Some wear to box, especially along edges, minor soiling, small tears to paper along sides, some splits at corners, overall very good condition. N.p. (Germany) n.d. (circa 1890-1900).

The goal of this game was to conquer your opponent by rolling dice and taking away pieces of their base or camp that correspond to the dice rolled. The maker of this game is unknown, but according to Jeff Bowersox's 2013 book, "Raising Germans in the Age of Empire: Youth and Colonial Culture, 1871-1914", military tin miniatures and battle sets were commonly produced around the turn of the century. Stores were filled with these sorts of toys which offered "explicit lessons in the inevitable and heroic progress of civilization" and which could "teach young Germans about the course of great events and their significance for the development of the modern world." (Bowersox, 38-39) Very scarce; as of July 2019, WorldCat does not show any listings for this game.

Book ID: 50039

Price: $3,500.00