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Spelling alphabet.

Great Britain, mid-19th century.
Physical Description:
1 alphabet set (198 pieces) : bone ; in box 14 x 21 x 3 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PE1155 .S74 1850a Flat A
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Related Content:
View catalog record for a smaller spelling alphabet
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
The box is made from mahogany, with ebony edging, brass hinges and clasps.
The manufacturer is unidentified.
For a similar (but smaller) set of alphabet tiles in the collections of the Yale Center for British Art, see the link provided herewith.
Set of alphabet tiles, made of bone, letters incised and inked in black, with upper case and lower case letterforms on opposite sides of each tile. The tiles each measure 17 x 13 x 3 mm. The 198 tiles comprise: six complete alphabets; six extra sets of vowels; six extra tiles of the letter "Y"; and six blank tiles. The tiles are set into into 33 compartments of a wooden box, each compartment containing six tiles. The 33 compartments are divided among three rows. Above each row is an engraved strip of bone indicating where the letters should be stored.
Subject Terms:
Educational games -- Specimens.
Reading -- Aids and devices -- Specimens.
Reading games -- Specimens.
Spelling games -- Specimens.
Bone (material)
Boxes (Containers)
Games -- Great Britain.
Recreations -- Great Britain.

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