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By the J. S. Pressman Company, New York, N. Y. No. 2721, which was apparently the first US company to produce this game. According to Wikipedia (that unimpeachable source) the game was invented in Germany in 1892 and called Stern-Halma. The Pressman Company first called its game “Hop Ching Checkers”, changing it to “Chinese Checkers” in 1928. My uncle, born in 1926, youngest of 7, says he remembers playing with this game as quite a young child, so I've always thought that it must be from the late 20s early 30s. However another Etsy member, whose father made the marbles at the Alley Agate Co. in St Marys WV and Pennsboro WV, says that this board was sold around 1941-42. He also indicates that the marbles, except the odd ones, look to be the original ones. Whenever it was sold it was clearly before anyone thought it was better to call it "Chinese Checkers" which is really only marginally less offensive.

And speaking of politically incorrect, look at the cover of this box! The game board itself is cardboard. There is what appears to be a model number on the front, No. 2721; and if it wasn’t, it should have been called the “Dragon Model” judging by the lovely dragon curling around the star. The board measures 12.5 inches square, the box is 12.5 x 14 inches to provide room for a little tray for the marbles. Most of the marbles look original, 3 or 4 look like replacements, and there are 4 extras. When I first looked at the game I thought there were not enough marbles, but the instructions, still clearly visible on the underside of the lid, says each player has 6 marbles. The box has tape holding each corner and holding a crack on one side. The box lid has a strip of clear package sealing tape across the middle (left to right) that must have been put on for moving at some time in its past. There is a piece of paper tape on the inside of the top holding one corner together, and holding together a tear on one side of the top. Clearly it's not pristine clean, but it's still remarkably bright, clear, and un-faded; there is rubbing and a long scratch on the top, but gosh, it’s almost 90 years old, I hope to have only a few scratches when I’m that age. The game board itself is in excellent condition, no childish scribbles or stains. It's pressed down in the center, but the the cardboard is thick enough to still hold the marbles where they belong.

CHINESE Checkers Vintage HOP CHING Game in Box with Original Marbles from Alley Agate Co.

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