Collector's Antique and Vintage Puzzles
For Sale or Exchange

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Beautifully carved mid-Victorian Chinese Puzzles.

IMPERIAL SCALES
Remove the ring without untying the knots.


see Hoffmann 2/10

CA-010 £150

CHINESE LADDER
Remove the disks from the ladder without removing them from the string.

see Hoffmann 2/17

CA-011 £90

 

CHINESE RINGS
Rare version with round carved handle.

see Hoffmann 10/5

CA-021

sold

 

CHINESE RINGS
Traditional version of the classic binary puzzle.

see Hoffmann 10/5

CA-022 £300

NINE BARS and CORDS.
Originally just an amusement for children; but also a great tool for braiding puzzles.

CA-031 £75

TANGRAM PUZZLE
The classical 7 piece dissection.

see Hoffmann 3/1

CA-041 £300
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BRAIDING PUZZLES

Using this puzzle, one can separate it into two groups of rods joined by 3,4,5,6,7,8, or 9 separate cords. Then by moving a group between the cords one can produce intriging braids.

You may then use the result as a puzzle to unbraid the cords.

If a cord breaks you have an interesting puzzle to re-thread the bars

   
       
       

COMPENDIUMS OF CHINESE PUZZLES

These "Chinese Compendiums" or "Sunday Boxes" are becoming increasingly rare; however we are able to offer a few sets surplus to our needs. These sets often need some repairs to the boxes & paricularly to the cardboard fitments, and the puzzles need cleaning.

The work required is not difficult but is time consuming. If you want to undertake the restoration yourself, here is an opportunity to buy one of these very rare sets un-restored, at a much below market price. We can provide advice on how to make the repairs.