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Peacock's Jigsaw Puzzle

Peacock's Improved Jigsaw - Double Dissected, Geography and History c. 1860

This is a large hand coloured double-sided jigsaw with a guidance sheet and the original wooden box. Jigsaws were also known as dissected maps or dissected puzzles. They were created in the mid 1700s as a geographical learning activity which helped children to remember where each country was in relation to the others.

Each piece has been cleaned and the jigsaw has been assembled in a wooden frame and covered for protection.

One side of the puzzle is devoted to Historical knowledge and the other side to Geography. Europe is covered up to the date of Sebastopol in 1856. Educational games were very popular and commanded a ready market much as they do now. Publishers saw them as an extremely profitable business opportunity.

For more information see The English Jigsaw Puzzle 1760-1890 with a descriptive check-list of puzzles in the museums of Great Britain and the author's collection by Linda Hannas, London; 1972 ISBN 0 8534 0189 6

history jigsaw


Scenes from History side of the jigsaw


Map of Europe

The Geography side, showing a map of Europe


Peacocks jigsaw box

The jigsaw box


Detail of box lid

The box lid in detail.


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