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Original Revolutionary War Dice in Horn Cup, as in museum


Product Description

This is another unique piece being offered, it is a pair of bone dice with its horn cup, circa 1740 – 1780. The cup stands 3 ¼” high with a diameter of 2” on top and 1 ¾” on the base.

The onset of the Revolutionary War did nothing to slow down gamblers. The Continental and British armies tossed dice and cards into the knapsacks before they marched off to fight. For commanders on both sides, gambling was a constant problem. Washington’s headquarters repeatedly issued orders trying to stop the wagering.

A typical directive from 1776 shows: “All officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers are positively forbid playing at cards, or other games of chance. At this time of public distress, men may find enough to do, in the service of their God and their country, without abandoning themselves to vice and immorality.” Needless to say, the order’s effect was nil. Starving soldiers at Valley Forge rolled dice to win acorns to eat.

This set is in very nice condition for its age; the dice are well worn, which is typical to its extended use. In “The Revolutionary War Museum” in Yorktown, Virginia, there is a near identical example of this set (see pictures). It would make a great addition to any Revolutionary War or even Civil War collection.

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