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Bread & Honey

This charming game, based on the nursery rhyme “Sing a Song for Sixpence”, was registered in c.1896 and is played with a pack of fifty-three cards, consisting of four Clowns, four Queens, four Kings, four Maids (top row) and thirty-seven Blackbirds. The designer is uncredited but the style of drawing suggests it may have been Richard Doyle (1824-1883) who designed other games for De la Rue. See the Rules here

“Bread & Honey” family card game manufactured by Thos De la Rue, c.1900

Above: “Bread & Honey” family card game manufactured by Thos De la Rue, c.1900. The game was later licensed to HP Gibson & Sons Ltd. Images courtesy Rex Pitts.

The clown card (number 1) actually reads "Sing a song for sixpence" and not "sing a song of sixpence" as we now know it.

Box from “Bread & Honey” family card game manufactured by Thos De la Rue, c.1900
Last Updated October 23, 2016 at 02:40pm

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