Game, 'Squails'; John Jacques & Son Ltd. (estab. 19th Century); Pre-1862; XEC.79...


Game, 'Squails'

About this object

This game set consists of 24 squails or tiddlywink pieces, one swoggle and one procese. It belonged to the Lush family who lived in Ewelme Cottage in Howick, Auckland. This game was sent to the Lush family by Anne Lush who lived in England and was the sister of Reverend Vicesimus Lush. On the base of the box is written ‘with Aunt Anne’s love to all her nephews & nieces, 1862.’ At that time, there were six Lush children – three girls and three boys.

Simple games, like this game set, were an important part of Victorian life in an era where there was no television, computers or radio. Games were a vital source of entertainment and provided hours of enjoyment. There is a reference to the Lush family playing this game in the journal of Vicesimus Lush dated 28 January 1868.

For more information about the Lush family and Ewelme Cottage, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.


John Jacques & Son Ltd. (estab. 19th Century)

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Medium and Materials

Wood, pine, paper, lead, and velvet


3.9 x 22.1 x 11.6cm

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Collection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

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