A carefully crafted set of dominoes from France, made in the early-1800's - this set has been handmade and finished, as has the box. A labour of love, each domino has been made using black ebonised wood and slivers of bone, expertly hand cut and finished to the size of the adjoining wood and fixed with a single domed-head brass pin. The dots or 'pips' on the dominoes have been hand drilled and are very well placed. The black colouring from some of the dots has degraded but the numbers of dots are still very clear. The set has been well used and some of the dominoes have little chips along the edges of the bone, or a small corner missing; this, to us is the mark of a true antique - something that has been made with care and has been used exactly as intended. A beautiful, quite rare, very individual little set.
The box is hand made from a lightweight wood that has the remains of a slight reddish colour, applied many years ago; this box, made-to-measure for this unusual size, was most probably made by somebody other than the craftsman who made dominoes - it could almost be a joint Father and Son effort. The box has dove-tail joints and has been hand decorated by a child - no doubt the owner at one point: Edouard Dombey. One one side of the box, he has written 'Dominos' and on the other he has tried to simulate the dove-tail joint marks. This is a very unusual set and would make a unique addition as a gift for a collector.
Each little domino measures 1 - 5/16" or 3.5cm by 5/8" or 1.5cm and the depth is about 1/4" or just over 1/2cm. They all have the natural coloration of antique bone and would possibly brighten with cleaning; we have left them in completely original condition. The wooden box is 5.5" or 14cm wide by 1.75" (4.5cm) high and 2" or 5cm deep. The set weighs 150 grammes without any packaging.
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