Hayward & Havenstrite's Parlor Game of Base Ball

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Hayward & Havenstrite's Parlor Game of Base Ball

kris1919
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December 27th, 2017, 10:05 pm #1

Happy holidays, guys!  I am very fortunate to add this to my 19th Century game collection. This is a giant, as you can see from the ball placed in the photo for scale. The lid is flat and fits into a wood frame, which also houses the intricate game board. Very unique.

I was able to find images of the patent application (link below) which shows the patent application date of June 24, 1885 and granted date of July 13, 1886. Thankfully, it also includes detailed descriptions of how to play the game! 

http://patentimages.storage.googleapis. ... 345430.pdf
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December 28th, 2017, 7:45 am #2

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December 28th, 2017, 7:48 am #3

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December 28th, 2017, 7:49 am #4

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December 29th, 2017, 4:30 pm #5

Hiya Kris -- wowsers!  Beauty pick-up!  That kinda puts our entire 
"twelve months of Christmas" haul to shame all by itself.  

For those on board here unfamiliar with the game, it dates very reliably 
to 1886, less dependably on the patent date (which for many games 
differs considerably from actual date of production or marketing) than 
from this advertisement, from the 3 January 1886 edition of the Brooklyn 
Daily Eagle:  


As noted therein, the American News Co was the publisher, and from what 
we've been told (surely it must have been HOF Senior Curator Tom Shieber 
who provided us this additional tidbit), Ennis Brothers were the printers.  

The game is extremely rare -- we've seen it offered for sale or at auction 
on-line three-four times over the years, but in fact always this very exact same 
example (as positively identified by the distinguishing little scuffs and scratches).  
Which leads us to think that this may be the Only Known Example, possibly 
even the solitary surviving example.  That's our story and we're stickin' with it, 
until we see a different example exhumed somewhere.  Congrats again, Kris 
-- the rarity and uniqueness of an item adds an extra layer of excitement to 
an already immensely cool thing!  

We'd love to know where you got it and how much you had to fork over to 
obtain it, but that's absolutely, understandably, and entirely your business 
(and none whatsoever of ours) if you prefer not to divulge those details.  
We can't say this game is high on our "Want List," but that's only because 
it's far beyond our hobby budget -- it is, however, right near the top of our 
"Pipe-Dream List," because not only is it cool, clever, and influential, but 
there's also a family name involved (actual relative? Dunno... ).    

Gameplay is essentially by the same method seen in Portable Baseball (shown 
in our "Twelve Months" thread) and many other games that followed Parlor Game 
of Base Ball over the years, all based on the original Hayward & Havenstrite template.  
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December 30th, 2017, 12:23 am #6

Hi fellas,

It was absolutely not my intention to try to one up the Twelve Days of Christmas!  That was cool stuff and I enjoyed it treemendously (bad pun intended).

Thank you so much for providing this additional knowledge and the kind words!  I had not found that Brooklyn Daily Eagle ad yet and I love it.  Yes, it does appear that Ennis Brothers was the printer.  Some of the letters of that credit on the board are scuffed off, but that fits.  

I'm sorry, but I am not going to disclose information about my purchase.  I can say that this is the same game you've seen previously and the only known example.  I bought it through a private transaction.

Thanks again and Happy New Year!
Kris
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