Game chip (fish)
Object Place: United States
Medium or Technique
Horn, ivory, bone, shell; mother-of-pearl
Richard and Mary B. Saltonstall Gallery (Gallery 121B)
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.
Gift of Richard Edwards