A boxed musical game set and contents with instruction booklet by Ann Young 1801
Lot 399
A Scottish George III Patent Musical Score Games Box by Ann Young, Edinburgh, 1801
Sold for £1,500 (US$ 2,430) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Scottish George III Patent Musical Score Games Box
by Ann Young, Edinburgh, 1801
The mahogany box with ebony and satinwood crossbanding, the side drawers extensively fitted with ivory and turned hardwood counters and dice, with 1856 instruction booklet. 17.3x10.5x4.4ins.(44x27x11cm)

Footnotes

  • Ann Young, of St James Square, Edinburgh, was awarded the patent for this games box in 1801. It was the first British patent awarded to an educational game designed for ''amusement and instruction.'' It contained six games which were designed, not only to be ''amusing and interesting'' but also to teach ''the fundamental principles of the science of music''.

    There is a similar example in the National Museum of Ireland.

    For further information on Ann Young and the patent, see: ''Inventing Music Education Games'' by David Ghere and Fred MB Amran, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
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