Toys, Games, Dolls, & Other Amusements

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TA-001 TA-001  Wood Dice   In various shapes and designs have been in use for many centuries. This set includes 3 simple square wood dice, a history of dice, and instructions for simple games.   $4.00

TA-002  Pewter Dice   These dice are similar to the type made by soldiers when in camp and off duty. Although gambling was discouraged by their officers, soldiers would sometimes hammer a pair of lead musket balls square, mark numbers on the sides, and make their own dice for gambling. These dice are made from lead-free pewter and come in a set of 3 including a history and instruction sheet.   $5.00

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TA-003a.JPG - 6715 Bytes TA-003  Game of Jacks   This game has been played in one form or another for more than 2,000 years and was a common game during our American history. This set includes 10 lead-free pewter jacks, one wooden ball, one rubber ball a cloth storage pouch, and a sheet with the history of the game and rules for playing different games.    $8.00

TA-004  Cup & Ball   Games of this nature have been in use for many centuries in various designs. The object of the game is to catch the ball in the cup, which is not as simple as it seems. These toys were popular in Europe with adults and children alike during the time of the settlement of North America. It was a common tavern game as well. Our Cup and Ball toy is turned from solid maple, more than 10 inches in length and includes a history and instruction sheet.   $8.00

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BallPeg_1a.JPG - 4429 Bytes TA-005  Bilbo Catcher   Another variation of the Cup & Ball Game, this includes a 5-inch spindle with a cup on one end and a tip on the other. The ball can be caught on either end of the spindle and provides two different challenges for players of the game. Includes a history and instruction sheet.   $8.00

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French Playing Cards   These Playing Cards are very definitely French in their origin and style. Playing Cards of the 18th century became “regionalized” in France and some other European countries meaning that card makers in different regions and cities in France prided themselves on designing and standardizing styles of cards that would be identified as coming from a particular area.

  TA-010  Guyenne Deck   (deck on left) Our Guyenne Style Cards are very typical of the type found in the city of Guyenne, France. They have been reproduced by a noted historian who has carefully researched playing cards from several different regions. The cards are printed on heavy paper stock typical of the period and are wrapped in the type of covering used in the 18th century.   $10.00

  TA-011  Burgundy Deck   (deck on right) These Playing Cards are of the type found in the Burgundy Region of France during the mid-18th century. This is another reproduction crafted by a well known historian and are period correct for the mid-18th century.   $10.00

 
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TA-JP-009-BetsyRoss JP-009  Corn Husk Doll   An early form of doll crafted by North American Indian tribes across the continent shown and given to the colonists during the earliest days of European contact.    These Corn Husk Dolls represent colonial girls at different tasks in their daily lives.    None of the dolls have faces which was a common practice among the Native Americans crafters.
Shown here is the Betsy Ross Corn Husk Doll.   For a complete listing of available "stock" dolls, please see our "Jude's Products" page here.   $15.00

TA-013  Cabin Doll    This is another common doll made by the colonial girls and women. It was typically crafted from scraps of material too small for other practical uses in the early American home. Material was a precious commodity in the home, being used for many purposes, and so dolls had to be made small. Colonial girls, however, were happy to have a doll, no matter how big or small.   $3.00

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TA-016a TA-016  Pewter Coin Whirligig   Whirligig toys made of hammered lead musket balls or coins too old or thin to be of value have been found in early American towns, plantations, and military camps. Our whirligig comes with a sheet of instructions and history and is made from lead-free pewter. It is a reproduction of a Spanish milled dollar, a silver coin widely used in early American colonies through the early 19th century.    $4.00

TA-017  Jacob's Ladder   This is another toy that has an unknown origin and has been found in every culture around the world. Is this proof that Santa Claus has been visiting boys and girls from mankind’s earliest history? This toy was considered a “Sunday toy” during the American Colonial period as children were allowed to play with it on Sunday when they would be reminded of the biblical story of Jacob’s dream of seeing angels ascending and descending a ladder to heaven (see Genesis 28: 10-19).    $3.00

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TA-018 TA-018  Pull Top   The origin of this toy is lost in the history of man. What is known, however, is that it is found in virtually every culture around the world. How is it that cultures all around the world had this common toy? Maybe not a great mystery but a mystery nonetheless. Our spinning top uses a frame which holds the top while a string is wrapped around the dowel. When the string is pulled, the top drops free of the frame and begins its free spin. If a flat surface is not available to spin the top on (as when on a family camp out) the top can be dropped into a wooden bowl where it will spin merrily. A game of seeing whose top will spin the longest time can then be played.    $8.00

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