De La Rue children's game. "Spin & Old Maid" 1905
Between 1895 and 1910 De La Rue made twelve beautifully illustrated children's games, which have become very collectable. This set is arguably the hardest to find and today perhaps the most controversial. The set comprises 49 cards made up of one Old maid and six sets of eight numbered cards, each with a different illustration. This game reminds us all just how staggeringly offensive British society was in those days. Ostensibly each set is meant to represent a different nation of the world but two of them are not nations, they're not even regions, some might even see them as insults. No excuse maybe, but it is important we see these things as it confirms what we all knew but many have still not accepted, that Victorian and Edwardian society was about as insensitive and un-PC as it was possible to get. The cards have been lightly used, a few smudges and handling marks but no bends or tears. The box and rules do have some damage but the set is complete and overall in very good condition, If you are hoping to find a mint set of these today I wish you luck.