Game chip (fish)


Object Place: United States

Dimensions

6.67 cm (2 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1972.451

Medium or Technique

Horn/ivory or bone/shell

On View

Richard and Mary B. Saltonstall Gallery (Gallery 121B)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Unclassified

Mother-of-pearl or ivory counters, often called fish, were used to keep score in many card games. According to Hoyle, loo was “played with the assistance of counters,” often stored in a small box. The 1814 inventory of this room lists “1 Loo box.” These counters, probably imported from England, have a history of ownership in the Derby family.

Credit Line

Gift of Richard Edwards