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Handcrafted Wood Vintage Marble Game Elizabethtown PA Strategy Puzzle

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An unknown but talented woodworker turned this wood block into a handsome game. The playing surface has 13 marble-sized receptacles. A rotating "propeller" on one side opens for marble storage. The instruction sheet attached to the bottom is entitled "Strategy".

The game is 5 3/8" by 5 1/2", or nearly square. It is 1" thick and solid, other than the 2 horizontal marble tunnels. Corners are comfortably rounded, and edges are beveled. The finish is medium brown, with red, green and black accents on top.

When I found this game, it had no marbles. I am including the 6 pictured here, so it's ready to play and display. One of the green marbles is a slightly different color.

The instructions were obviously typed. The paper is yellowed, with creases and small tears. That typewriter keyboard still had the "cent" sign, and the letter "l" was used for the number "1". I betcha the exclamation point was done by typing a period, and backspacing to add an apostrophe over it. Here is the text:

Start game by placing your 3 marbles on one color on the base line at bottom of field and other 3 marbles of other color on opposite base line.
Take turns with your opponent moving each marble one space at a time. Do not jump!
Object of game is to place in some manner your 3 marbles in a straight line through the center of the field. Be sure to try to block your opponent as you pursue your objective.
Solution: Send 25c and self-addressed envelope to ANUCAP, Inc. ... Elizabethtown, Pa. 17022"

Zip codes arrived in 1963. My guess is that the game was created between the late 1960s and the 1980s. I had no luck researching ANUCAP.

This listing includes the 1-piece game and 6 marbles.
Weight before packaging: 12 oz.

Shipping estimate is based on sending from Virginia to the west coast. Closer zones are usually less, and we send a quick refund when postage overpayment exceeds $1.00. Convo with questions; send your zip code.

Stored in a non-smoking home. A cat lives here. Thanks for looking, and Shop Etsy!

Handcrafted Wood Vintage Marble Game Elizabethtown PA Strategy Puzzle


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  • Materials: wood, paper
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