MCLOUGHLIN. GAME. CHIROMAGICA. NY: McLoughlin Bros. no date, circa 1873 (not later than 1877). This is a wonderful children's magnetic educational and divination game housed in the original 12 x 12x 2" mahogany box with a sliding wooden lid. The lid has a fanciful chromolithograph depicting a sorcerer standing within an alcove of books with a globe at his feet. In his extended hand is a wand pointing to a solar wheel. The box is in fine condition. Within the box, a hand appears to be free-floating beneath an instruction disc that is 4 1/2" in diameter. This disc is affixed to the center of a piece of glass that covers the upper surface of the box. DIRECTIONS ON THE DISC: "In asking a question, place the Question Card so that it will fit exactly over this disc, placing the question asked at the top, so that the dot on the edge will be directly opposite the dot on the top of this disc, when the hand will immediately move in a quizzical manner, and in a few moments stop, and give the correct answer." The game includes 3 small, 4" double sided circular chromolithographed question discs, each with 32 questions (16 per side) in fine condition. There are 3 pictorial framed answer sheets with circular cut outs. Each sheet has 32 circles with answers to the questions. Each of these sheets is wonderfully illustrated with vignettes and each sheet is to be used with its corresponding question disc. Two clean edge mends else fine. By the clever use of magnets, when the player places the question disc with the question he wants answered at the top, the hand immediately begins to move, eventually stopping to point to the correct answer in the outer ring. (Question - "Who cut the Gordian knot?" - Ans. "Alexander the Great"). A superb example of the best that McLoughlin Brothers had to offer American children.
(Inventory #: 39050)
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