ANTIQUE, VICTORIAN HALMA BOARD GAME BY F.H AYRES
This is a superb example of the war game, HALMA by F H Ayres. Both the board and the set are by the same makers (often boards and sets get split up).
The large, decorative folding playing board is covered in a beautiful cobalt blue coloured embossed buckram with the Registered name of 'Halma' in gilt to the front. This and the paper playing board inside when unfolded is mounded on a very thick, heavy board which has allowed it stand the test of time.
The accompanying large, turned and coloured playing pieces are present in the original mahogany slide-top box with the Decorative label of Gladiadors on the lid. It is a complex kind of Chess.
Halma is a war-type strategy board game invented in the 1880s by an American plastic surgeon at Harvard Medical School, George Howard Monks. An English game called Hoppity was the inspiration.
Playing equipment consists of a checkered board, divided into 16 x 16 squares. Pieces are black and Cream for two-player games, and with red and green pieces for four players.
There are other similar Halma boxes and pieces in stock, but this is the only set with such large and decorative playing pieces, together with a large and beautiful board. Hence the premium price. But it is a set which will delight - just as handling and playing with a good chess set is satisfying.