Mahogany games table

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Mahogany games table

This mahogany games table was made in Greenock around 1817 by J. H. Buchanan. It contains a compendium of games with boards, counters and dice, a dressing mirror, a writing slope and a print viewing apparatus.

Through the print viewing apparatus, a paper roll of engraved perspective views can be inspected. These views have mainly classical themes, such as 'Rome in its original glory'.

This table is also known as a 'Polyterpic' table. 'Polyterpic' means 'multiple enjoyment'.

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  • 1. At 20:00 on 30 November 2010, Garry W wrote:

    What an amazing piece, from the days when times where set aside for gaming activities uninterrupted by the frivolity of modernity. These days the nearest you will get is a game of chess in the few households that still play the great game, although the http://www.chessboard.org.uk/chess-table.php">chess tables I've seen of late, even the well made ones have nowhere near the craftsmanship of this one.

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Location

Greenock

Culture
Period

1871

Theme
Size
H:
76cm
W:
48cm
D:
970cm
Colour
Material

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