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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





Dancing Master

Dancing Master



The Musician





The Hairdresser




The Milliner




The Shoe Cleaner 

Shoe Cleaner


The Pieces - Useful Occupations

The Blacksmith



The Shoe Maker

Shoe Maker


The Farmer



The Butcher



The Tailor



The Washing Woman

washing woman


The Box For The Game


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.