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European War Game

puzzle | game

Small hand-held games like this one, also called dexterity puzzles, represent contemporary versions of similar types of games popular throughout the twentieth century. Typically, a small rectangular glass-topped 'box' holds metal balls and the object is to move the box, manipulating the balls into a target. Various versions in the museum's collection feature mice into a trap, baseball games, simpler mazes, and bombs into Japanese cities--an extreme example from 1945.

  • Manufacturer: Mechanical Novelty & Mfg. Co.
  • Material: painted | cardboard | tin-plate | lithographed | glass
  • Origin: St. Louis, MO
  • Style: mechanical | dexterity
  • Object ID: 81.1220
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