The Game of War, manufactured for H. M. Government by V & J Figgins, London, late 19th century,
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The Game of War, manufactured for H. M. Government by V & J Figgins, London, late 19th century,
Sold for £2,187 (US$ 3,673) inc. premium
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The Game of War,
manufactured for H. M. Government by V & J Figgins, London, late 19th century,
the mahogany box including two trays for the red and blue armies, (approximately 550 blue and red pieces) representing infantry, cavalry, artillery, engineers, pontoons and trains, a further tray holding ivory scales, further ivory tokens, steel scales, an ivory ruler, three steel callipers, and a set of bone pegs stained red and blue, four bone die, a bone "spinner", and a pegged card "losses" table, V & J Figgins, Type Founders, Manufacturers of Printing Materials, Improved Portable Regimental Printing Offices...Ray Street, Faringdon Road, London, EC,
30cm wide, 10cm high, 22.5cm deep.

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  • A similar example was sold by Bonhams: "Chess Sets, Playing Cards & Games", Monday 17th January, 2011, lot 145. These wargames were manufactured by typesetters for the British Government, with the purpose of instructing army officers in the art of warfare. The game was based on "Kriegsspiel", a wargame originally invented by Lieutenant Georg von Reiswitz for the Prussian army.

    The game would have been played on a map drawn to a scale of 6 inches to the mile. The troops are indicated by small slate blocks, coloured red for one force, blue for the other. The game would have been played under the supervision of three army umpires, with the participating officers writing orders, and making moves on two separate maps in an attempt to make the game as realistic as possible.
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