Devil Amongst The Tailors Game



A simple Edwardian version of the classic skittle game 'Devil among the Tailors'. It is nicely made out of wood with weighted metal bottoms to the skittles. This distinctive game appeared in the 1700's and was cleverly miniaturised so that no throwing strip was required at all - the pins stand on a table and are knocked down by a ball which is swung around a pole. In 1783, some theatre-goers and tailors rioted at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket over a play that the tailors thought insulting. The Dragoons were called in to stop the riot which they did in such an enthusiastic way that their method was compared to the wooden ball ploughing through Table skittles by the local press. After this incident Bar Skittles was often referred to as 'Devil amongst the Tailors'.

Height 36cm / 14.25''
Diameter 13cm / 5''
DateEdwardian Codeas288a1014 Price SOLD £45.00 StatusSold SellerWoodys Antiques Telephone07771 613 766Non UK callers :+44 7771 613 766


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