Card Game - Counties - John Jacques & Son Ltd.

Card Game - Counties - John Jacques & Son Ltd.

Product no.: 3766

Jacques, John & Son Ltd.: The Counties of England, A new Round Game; Series 3

John Jacques & Son Ltd. London c1940

35 wood engraved colour-printed playing cards with 12 lead cards; 8,5 x 6,5 cm. some wear and tear, and some light soiling; o/w exc. cond.

A very popular geographical card game from c1940, played in a similar way as ‘Happy Families’ where the players have to collect as many complete sets as possible. Each set is made up of a lead card giving the name of a county and up to six other cards of places within that particular county, each with relevant facts. 

This set consists of 35 town cards and 12 county cards. The verso is grey which is typical for the 3rd series which covers mainly the Eastern counties.

Jacques introduced this game in 1866 and it continued to be published well into the 20th century.


Historical context note

Rewards: see rules 
There are two sets of rules; the basic Happy Families and a second which requires counters to be paid as forfeits and rewards. 
Forfeits: see rules 
No. of Players: any above 3 
Equipment required: 61 cards plus a key card and a set of rules


the pack consists of sixty-one cards, containing thirteen county cards, numbered from one to thirteen, and forty-eight Picture cards, illustrating their towns. Each picture card bears the number of the county to which it belongs. 
Any number above three can play. The cards to be shuffled and dealt round. The player next to the dealer (or the winner of a previous round) begins the game by asking for a card of any county of which he holds either a town or the county card. If he gets it, he continues asking for what he wants till he is refused. Then the privelege of asking devolves upon the player who refused him; he in his turn asks for any card he requires to complete his set, until he is refused, and so the game goes on. 
When a player has the County card in his hand he knows how many towns he requires to make up a set. Every set made up is proclaimed and laid down on the table. 
The player who has made up most sets is winner when the cards are all played out, and has the privilege of the first question at the next round. 
Any player withholding a card asked for, forfeits a set. Disputes to be settled by reference to the key.

1. One player to be chosen as President. 
2. The president to retain the county cards, and deal the picture cards round. 
3. Six counters to be given to each player and some put in the pool. 
4. The president to ask each player in turn for a card of the town belonging to the country which he mentions. 
5. If a card of another county is offered, the person forfeits one to the pool; but if the right one is offered, he takes one from the pool. 
6. Any person relating a fact or describing scenery, manufactures, etc. connected with his card, receives an additional counter from the pool. 
7. The sets being all made up, he who has the most counters wins.

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Set of three card games, The Counties of England, published in England by John Jaques & Son about 1870  

[ref: 3766] £75 

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