Title: Wooden Cube Puzzle
Seller ID: 000015
This is a wooden cube puzzle from about 1910-1920. It is presented in a good solid wooden box that has one of the six puzzle illustrations on it. The box measures 24 x 33.5 cm. Each puzzle cube measures 4.2 cm. and there are 35 cubes in total. The cubes can be turned to form one of six full colour pictures, each one depicting a scene of life during the first war. The scenes are as follows: 1) A picture of a British bi-plane fighter shooting down a German bi-plane. I think that they are a Vickers Gunbus and a Fokker respectively. The Fokker is descending to earth in flames and the Gunbus gunner is firing his gun. This is the picture on the front of the box (see attached photo). 2) A camp of Boy Brigade youths, with some sat around a camp fire in the fore ground and their tents in the background. 3) A scene of young children playing 'war' in the street. This looks to me like a French scene - the childrens clothing looks French and one of the children is holding up a makeshift French flag. Some others are holding up a white surrender flag. There are some children dressed as medical people, with red crosses on their clothes. There is even a dog with a red cross band on him. 4) The next seen seems to be in the Alps and is a soldiers camp. There are two young children talking to the soldiers. The uniforms do not look British - again maybe French? 5) This scene is in a farm yard, with a mother and her child feeding the geese and hens and the father in the background tending to his horse and cart. 6) The last scene is a battle at sea with a submarine being attacked by a naval ship. The ship has a red flag with a small union jack in the corner - I think that this was the Canadian ensign of the time, but I'm not sure. Illustrations 1-5 each have seperate pictures, the full size of the puzzle, and illustration 1 is on the cover of the box. They are illustrated by someone with the initials of JLF or JLP, I am not sure which and I do not know the illustrator. This is a wonderful example of that era, with pictures of both a personal and historical nature. Condition: The hinges on the wooden box are fine but the clasp is broken. There is a crack of about 8 cm on the front of the box. The picture on the front of the box has a tear to the top right corner and some scuffs. The five loose drawings are all in very good condition. The pictures on all of the cubes are intact although there is some foxing on them.
PUZZLE, WOODEN AIRPLANES, WORLD WAR ONE