A mystery at the Cleveland Museum of Art


#1

If you’re ever near Cleveland, I strongly recommend going to the Cleveland Museum of Art. It’s an incredible collection – and this is the crazy part – it’s totally free. Always. No admission fee.

I saw this amazing gaming table there, but there’s a mystery to it: What the heck did they play on that diamond-shaped side?

Full info here:

http://www.clevelandart.org/art/1953.284?collection_search_query=gaming+table&op=search&form_build_id=form-0VAwUOQJxSB5QrpVDYR4b5EgAHiszgVLMnhi_tFXdcM&form_id=clevelandart_collection_search_form

I reached out to the museum via their research request form. If I hear back, I’ll post the answer. In the meantime, anyone either know or have any guesses? It’s a German piece, from the early-mid 1700’s


#2

I’ll look in the game book I got from my dad when I was home in July – it looks kinda familiar. You’ll have to wait a bit, though…I’m downstairs and it’s upstairs and stairs are hard with crutches, so I have to finish my GF project first. :wink:


#3

I thought I heard a hobbling sound…


#4


#5

More info? How to play section? I might make myself a board …


#6

Online version can be found on this page: http://www.smartlittlegames.com

Apparently was a game-in-game in Assassins’ Creed a while back, too.

Print-n-play: http://www.cyningstan.com/download/1016/nine-mens-morris-print-and-play


#7

Okay, had to snap photos quick, so they’re not great–hubs has an early morning tomorrow so I needed to turn my light off. I can send better ones tomorrow.


#8

this is too cool. TIL.


#9

In Germany it is called “Mühle” and we are still playing this. It is included in almost all “Spielesammlung” (Collection of games). For an example see https://www.amazon.de/Schmidt-Spiele-49147-Spielesammlung-Möglichkeit/dp/B0007Z2OQ6/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=toys&ie=UTF8&qid=1536566177&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=spielesammlung&psc=1 .

It is easy to learn and really fun. Most of the time you can find it on the backside of a chessboard. If you find one you should try it out. Our Kids like it too. Actually this would be a nice glowforge project. :smiley:


#10

It looks like a rough game seeing as you need spear bearers to make sure the other guy doesn’t cheat. :smile:


#11

Looks like nine men’s morris to me. I think you could also play one of the variations of Geese and Fox too.


#12

The museum confirmed that it was indeed Morris. Thanks everyone!


#13

Here is another.
How weird is that, coming on the heels of your question.


#14

Coincidence… or is it something more?

This message definitely not brought to you by Illuminati, inc.


#15

Turns out this was thoroughly covered…


#16

Had to laugh – was just gifted a Spielesammlung by a friend in the local German community…
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:de: :wink:


#17

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