Old Maid

“Old Maid”

“Old Maid” is a Victorian family card game probably deriving from an old gambling game in which the loser pays for the drinks. It is known in Germany as Schwarzer Peter, in Sweden as Svarte Petter, in Denmark as Sorteper, in Hungary as Fekete Péter, in Finland as Musta Pekka (all meaning "Black Peter"). Chad Valley’s “Old Maid” game was published in the 1950s. All the cards are presented in a colourful style depicting various crafts, trades and professions. The object of the game is to form matching pairs of cards but to try to avoid being the player left holding the “Old Maid” card, who is the loser. In this edition the “Old Maid” is depicted as a grey-haired lady sitting knitting accompanied by her white cat. See the Rules

“Old Maid” card game manufactured by Chad Valley Co Ltd, mid-1950s

Above: “Old Maid” card game manufactured by Chad Valley Co Ltd, mid-1950s.

Chad Valley received a Royal Warrant in 1938. For the next fourteen years all Chad Valley Toys were marked “Toymakers to H. M. The Queen”. It was later amended to read “Toymakers to H. M. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother” when Princess Elizabeth became Queen in 1952. See the Boxes

Last Updated December 26, 2021 at 09:48pm


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