Lot #581. Boxwood and Ebony Antique Checkers and Draughts

Boxwood and Ebony Antique Checkers.

Offered here is a complete set of thirty (30) Boxwood and Ebony Antique Checkers or Draughts. The checkers are turned on both faces. The Draughtsmen measure 1.5″ in diameter by 0.4″ thick. These Checkers date to the early 1900s. The manufacturer is unknown. The game pieces are in very good. This set does not a chessboard. The Draughts are housed in a replacement wooden hinge-top Mahogany box.

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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draughts and http://www.usacheckers.com/

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