hist-games: FW: Old dominoes

Chas webmaster at historicgames.com
Tue Feb 13 06:03:40 PST 2001

> -----Original Message-----
> Subject: Old dominoes
> Hello,
> I have just looked at you web page.  I found 19 old dominoes, ebony and
> bone? with a brass pin in the middle of the piece.  How old would these
> be and what was the function of the brass pin?  I know that it enables
> the domino to spin if put face down on the table.  Was this another game
> or a permutation of the standard game?  Appreciate any information you
> can supply.
> Cordially, Diane D'Arcy

I would assume it was just to help hold the wood and bone together. My
understanding is that many early dominos were made of thin slabs of dark wood
and bone attached to each other, with the pips drilled through the wood to
expose the white of the bone rather than painting the pips.

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