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Victorian English Wooden Board Game ~ Shove Ha'penny

  • $ 34500

Antique British wooden and brass board game. Known as Shove Ha'penny this antique game has its origins in the 15th century played in taverns using a groat (Edward IV) being known as shoffe grote. Slype Groat and Slide-thrift and these were all played in a similar fashion to Shove Ha'penny but with different coins of the period during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This board dates to the late 19th or early 20th century and appears to be made from mahogany.

In the game, players take turns to push coins up a board with horizontal lines across it. The areas between each pair of horizontal lines are called a "beds" and the objective is to push the coins so that they land squarely in the beds without touching the horizontal lines. To win, a player needs to get a coin in each bed 3 times which is no easy task for the beds furthest away from the front of the board. If a player manages to score three coins in one bed in a single turn, he is said to have scored a "sergeant" and if all five coins should score in a single turn, it is a "sergeant major" or a "gold watch".

The hinged brass lifts are clearly seen demonstrating how they can be raised out of the slot to determine whether a coin lies fully in a bed or not.

This would make a great birthday gift, man cave gift, housewarming gift or a great addition to any primitive or antique pub game collection.


Shove halfpenny board measures 23“ long by 14.5" wide by 3.5" tall and weighs 12lb 7oz.


In good condition working considering age and use (please see all pictures as they form part of the condition description).


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