No place listed [Austria or Germany]: No publisher listed, No date [c. 1880s]. Ephemera no binding. Wood box measures: 9 5/8” x 6 ¾” x 3 1/8”, old blue paper to bottom.
5 hand-colored lithographed cards on board: 8 9/16” x 5 ¾”, light scuffing to corners else near fine.
7 stone die with symbols, lacking one: ¾” cubed.
Wood hammer. Very good +. Item #1160
Known in English as Bell and Hammer or Whitehorse, the game is one of chance using dice, invented in Vienna by art dealer Heinrich Friedrich Muller (1779-1848). By the mid-19th century, it was popular throughout Europe through WWII, especially in Germany where it was often played during the celebration of Hanukkah in the Jewish communities.
The game box contains five cards depicting a bell, a hammer, a bell and hammer, an inn, and a white horse. The cards are hand-colored lithographs laid onto red pebble-textured paper covered boards. The game calls for eight specially marked dice, all sides blank with the exception of one side with dots representing the numbers one through six, a hammer symbol, and a bell symbol. The bell dice is missing in this game. There is also a small wood hammer, and the wood box with a gold-stenciled top that slides off.