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Fortune-telling wheel.
Great Britain, ca. 1850.
Physical Description:
1 wheel : folded and cut paper ; 22 cm in diameter opened, 9 cm in diameter closed
Rare Books and Manuscripts
BF1891 .Q6 1850 Flat
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Folded star-shaped paper wheel, cut by hand, which when opened reveals handwritten fortunes on each of the 16 points of the star (in pen and black ink). The circular center bears a small drawing of flowers. On green paper.
Subject Terms:
Amusements -- Great Britain.
Fortune-telling -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs.
Games -- Great Britain.
Recreations -- Great Britain.

  • The fortunes read: You will have 15 children to bless your old age
  • Your face is your fortune
  • Only seen to be admired
  • Loving none by none beloved
  • Dogs & cats will be your companions in your latter days
  • You will marry in haste & repent at leisure
  • An old man (or woman) will leave you a fortune of six pence & a brass farthing
  • You engage yourself easily but you are inconstant
  • Happiness awaits you
  • You will not be loved, you are not amiable enough
  • You will be happy in all your undertakings
  • Your temper prevents your having many friends
  • You will love & be loved
  • You are too conceited to be much liked
  • You need not despair, fortune is with you
  • You have apparently many friends; in reality none.

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