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Made in Greenock

Postcard of Mahogany games table.
© National Museums Scotland

Mahogany games table

This mahogany games table was made in Greenock around 1817 by J. H. Buchanan. It contains a compendium of games with boards, counters and dice, a dressing mirror, a writing slope and a print viewing apparatus.

Through the print viewing apparatus, a paper roll of engraved perspective views can be inspected. These views have mainly classical themes, such as 'Rome in its original glory'.

This table is also known as a 'Polyterpic' table. 'Polyterpic' means 'multiple enjoyment'.

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Online ID: 000-100-045-696-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KNJ 6
Date: Around 1817
c. 1817
Material: Wood, mahogany
Dimensions: 760 mm H x 970 mm L x 480 mm W
What: Table / compendium, game
Who: J.H. Buchanan, Greenock (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Renfrewshire, Greenock
Description: Polyterpic table of mahogany containing a compendium of games, by J.H. Buchanan, Greenock, c. 1817
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