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John Jaques & Son

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John Jaques & Son (established in 1795) published a large range of popular parlour games, many of which have become classics.

Jaques’ Games

John Jaques & Son (established in 1795) published a large range of popular parlour games, many of which have become classics.

Jaques’ Games

XIXth Century

The XIXth Century published by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.

XIXth Century

French for Fun

French for Fun instructive card game published by John Jaques & Son Ltd., c.1930s

French for Fun

Counties of Britain

Counties of Britain by John Jaques & Son Ltd. c.1930.

Counties of Britain

Countries of Empire

“Countries of Empire” published by John Jaques & Son Ltd, c.1930s.

Countries of Empire

National Gallery (Dutch School)

National Gallery (Dutch School) published by J. Jaques & Son, c.1895.

National Gallery (Dutch School)

On Guard

On Guard military card game published by J. Jaques & Son, c.1880.

On Guard

Shearing the Sheep

Shearing the Sheep published by J. Jaques & Son, c.1875.

Shearing the Sheep

Oppo

Oppo, a game of opposites, published by J. Jaques & Son, Ltd, c.1920s.

Oppo

The White Cat

The White Cat, a game of cats, kittens & mice, published by Jaques & Son, c.1860s.

The White Cat

Safety First

Safety First card game embodying the Kerb Drill, published by John Jaques & Son Ltd, 1940s.

Safety First

Anno Domini

Anno Domini biblical card game depicting New Testament history, published by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.

Anno Domini

Skits

Skits, an instructive card game which sharpens the wits, c.1900.

Skits

Anno Mundi

Anno Mundi: an early Jaques game described as ‘scripture recreation for the young’ with events in the Bible, c.1875.

Anno Mundi

Weights and Measures

“Weights and Measures” card game by John Jaques & Son, Ltd., c.1910, a reminder of some of our more archaic units of measurement.

Weights and Measures

Hide & Seek with the Kings & Queens of England

Hide & Seek with the Kings & Queens of England by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.

Hide & Seek with the Kings & Queens of England

On Spec

“On Spec” is a round game based on selling stocks and shares, published by John Jaques & Son, c.1920.

On Spec

Counties of England 4th Series

Jaques' Counties of England card game, 4th Series (Southern Counties), c.1910.

Counties of England 4th Series

Lend Me Five Shillings

Lend Me Five Shillings; or, Her Majesty's Privy Purse by John Jaques & Son, c.1875

Lend Me Five Shillings

Sovereigns of England

Sovereigns of England published by Jaques & Son, c.1875. .

Sovereigns of England

The Wedding

The Wedding game published by Jaques & Son, c.1875.

The Wedding

Sam

SAM by J. Jaques & Son Ltd.

Sam

The Streets of London

“The Streets of London” published by John Jaques & Son, London, c.1880

The Streets of London

Candid Confessions

“Candid Confessions” published by Jaques & Son, Ltd, c.1905.

Candid Confessions

Spelka

Spelka, a word game published by John Jaques & Son Ltd, c.1908.

Spelka

Salute!

Salute! The Four Services promotion game by John Jaques & Son Ltd, London, c.1940.

Salute!

Characters from Charles Dickens

“Characters from Charles Dickens” card game published by Jaques & Son, c.1880.

Characters from Charles Dickens

The Great Galumphus

The “Great Galumphus” card game from the 1920s shows various comic animals with their names printed alongside, designed by Miss Jessie Veal.

The Great Galumphus

Snap

Snap, the Old Original Game, has captured the imaginations of children for over a century!

Snap

Quits

Jaques' Quits card game, c.1880-85, with portraits of monarchs inside suit symbols in red, blue and yellow, designed to assist in the education of school children in British history.

Quits

Kingdoms of Europe

A collecting game published in two series: the first series featuring Western Europe and the second series Eastern/Southern Europe.

Kingdoms of Europe

London Post

Jaques' The London Post Card Game, c.1895.

London Post

Jaques Advertising Leaflet

Jaques Advertising Leaflet showing Lawn tennis, Table Billiards, Staunton Chess, Croquet, etc.

Jaques Advertising Leaflet

National Gallery (British School)

Jaques' The National Gallery Card Game, c.1895.

National Gallery (British School)

Entente Cordiale

Jaques' The Entente Cordiale Card Game, c.1905.

Entente Cordiale

Counties of England

Jaques’ Counties of England card game.

Counties of England

Jaques’ Games

John Jaques & Son (established in 1795) published a large range of popular parlour games, many of which have become classics.

Jaques’ Games

Jaques’ Illustrated Proverbs

Jaques’ Illustrated Proverbs, c.1870. The complete proverb is printed along the top of each card in the set.

Jaques’ Illustrated Proverbs

Jaques’ Happy Families

In 1851 the games manufacturer John Jaques of London (founded in 1795) commissioned a set of drawings from John Tenniel, later Sir John, the chief cartoonist of Punch, for their new game of Happy Families.

Jaques’ Happy Families