This beautiful old gambling game has survived for more that a century. The game measures 13 x 13 x 6.5 inches with the top on. This game has been lovingly and entirely restored. It features a spring driven wheel that rotates the horses on their track. The original box was reclaimed, clad in real black leather, and the top lined with an Italian hand-laid paper that shows vintage postcards.
It is trimmed with antiqued pewter-colored corner braces. It has an unique pewter horse-head emblem on the top.
All of the horses and riders are meticulously hand painted in great detail an are all complete. Included is an old cloth French flag which must be placed in its holder after the top of the box is removed.I included many pre-Euro French Francs with which to bet on your favorite horse. The bets are placed in a silver cup in the middle of the green felt infield. There are unusual pewter-colored gates and chains a each corner that are cast metal. There is a decorative cartouche on the front of the bottom box that forms the opening from which the operating lever comes out. Push the lever once or twice to the left and the eight horses spin around the track.
The horses finish in a random order due to an ingenious gear system. The horse that stops nearest to the "BUT" sign (French for finish) is the winner. All the parts are original except as noted. There is a new spring and new brass bearings which were especially made for this toy. The horses run smoothly and silently just like they did when the game was first made.
This outstanding antique gambling game would be a super addition to any collection of vintage toys or games. This Jeu de Course is perfect for a gentleman's game room, man-cave or den. It would also be the highlight of any collection of gaming collectibles.
If you are interested in the complex mechanical toys of Decamps or Jaquet-Droz you will love this machine. This toy is sturdy, but fragile and will be packed with the greatest of care. Just in time for the Kentucky Derby Party! The item "100 YEAR OLD Rare Table-Top Horse racing Gambling Game Antique Toy" is in sale since Friday, April 20, 2018.This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Vintage & Antique Toys\Other Vintage & Antique Toys". The seller is "alexonbay" and is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica.