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Game chip (fish)

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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,...

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Credit Line

Gift of Richard Edwards

Object Place

United States

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Medium or Technique

Horn, ivory, bone, shell; mother-of-pearl