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Birmingham City Council

The Golden Bottom of Trade

"New play for societies to be set up"


This game dates from around 1850 and is in the Parker Collection of Children's Books and Games, which is kept in the

Arts, Languages and Literature Library. The game is made up of twelve hand coloured cardboard figures with stands which are diced for by the players. There are six figures representing useful trades and six figures which represent non-useful occupations. The rules are very complex and difficult to understand.

group of pieces


The Pieces - Not Useful Occupations

The Poet

Poet








 

 


 

Dancing Master

Dancing Master

 






 


The Musician

Musician

 




 


 


The Hairdresser



hairdresser

 






 



The Milliner

MIliner

 








 


The Shoe Cleaner 


Shoe Cleaner

 










The Pieces - Useful Occupations

The Blacksmith

Blacksmith


 







The Shoe Maker


Shoe Maker


 





The Farmer

Farmer


 






The Butcher

Butcher



 





The Tailor


Tailor






 


The Washing Woman

washing woman


 








The Box For The Game

Lid


The Rules of the Game

12 figures - representing 6 necessary and 6 unnecessary business, the first of which having white the other blue backsides - are sold by auction. Each puts his figures before him.

The beginner of the play, destined by the lot, puts one of his figures in the midst of the play-circle, throwing once the two dice: both the numbers thrown proceed placing themselves on both sides of the first: the colours of the dice point out by their backsides the requested figures.

Each person putting up unnecessary business, receives from the first as many marks as shows the number of the first's backside: the other, driving a unnecessary one ought again dicing with the first: dicing more, he gets as much more as cast this: if less, he has to pay as much to him.

He who casts most, remains in his place, the other two withdraw and this one appoints by a new throw of dice those two, who have to play in the same way as aforesaid and so on.

If two acting persons throw both the same number, they win the whole stake and the play is at an end.