Lot #180. Antique Ivory Backgammon Game Counters


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Ivory Backgammon Game Counters

This offering is a vintage set of 30 English Ivory Backgammon Game Counters, dark red and natural. The individual checkers measure 1.45″ in diameter by 0.5″ thick. These English-made Backgammon checkers date to around 1900. The antique folding chessboard shown is not included, but this and several other suitable boards are available elsewhere on this web site or upon request. The ivory Backgammon stones are in excellent condition with no repairs or replacements. The set comes housed in its original black leather snap-case. The printing engraved on an ivory plaque on the inside of the case reads: T. W. Long & Co. Jewellers, Cardiff. Cardiff is in  South Wales, which is the capital of Wales and is located on the Western side of Great Britain. This set does not include dice, shakers or a doubling cube. These 30 Backgammon counters can also be used for several other board games.

Backgammon is one of the oldest board games known. It is a two player game where the units are moved according to the roll of dice. A player wins by removing (bearing-off) all of his pieces from the board before the opponent. Backgammon is a member of the “Tables” family, one of the World’s oldest classes of board games.

Draughts or checkers is a group of strategy board games for two players which involve diagonal moves of uniform game pieces and mandatory captures by jumping over opponent pieces. Draughts developed from alquerque. The name derives from the verb to draw or to move.

The most popular forms are English Draughts, also called American Checkers, employs 12 stones and is played on an 8×8 checkerboard; Russian Draughts, also played on an 8×8. Continental Draughts (Also known as Polish Checkers) utilizes 20 stones and is played on a 10×10 board. There are many other variants played on an 8×8 board. Canadian checkers is played on a 12×12 board.

For a more detailed discourse on the history and rules for Draughts or Checkers, check out: and