Collector's Antique and Vintage Puzzles
For Sale or Exchange

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  2016

Beautifully carved mid-Victorian Chinese Puzzles.

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IMPERIAL SCALES

Beautifully carved Ninteenth Century Chinese tanglement puzzle.


Remove the ring without untying the knots. A classical topological disentanglement puzzle.


see Hoffmann 2/10 for solution

CA-010 £150

CHINESE LADDER

Beautifully carved and largely forgotten 19th Century puzzle.


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

for solution see Hoffmann 2/17

CA-011 £90

 

CHINESE RINGS PUZZLE or BAGNEUDIER PUZZLE.

The classic traditional version of the original binary puzzle. For every ring added the number of moves in the solution is doubled. With 9 rings this beautiful 19th century version takes 512 moves.

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. (see below)


CA-031 £75

TANGRAM PUZZLE

Wonderfully carved 19th Century Chinese puzzle.

The classical 7 piece dissection. The inverse of a Jigsaw. A jigsaw uses hundreds of pieces to make one picture, whereas with the you must use just 7 pieces to make hundreds of pictures.

see Hoffmann 3/1

CA-041 £300
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BRAIDING PUZZLES

 

BRAIDING PUZZLES

TOPOLOGY/ KNOT THEORY / BRAIDING
A New educarional mathematical use for a 19th Century children's Toy.

Using this puzzle, one can separate 9 rods into two groups joined by 3,4,5,6,7,8, or 9 separate cords. Then, by treating each group as one, moving a group between the cords you can produce different braids. These can be very interesting and challenging puzzles of great mathematical interest.

see Wolfram maath. and Math awareness

   
       
       

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.

       

 

CHINESE RINGS
Rare version with round carved handle.

see Hoffmann 10/5

CA-021

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