up folks, what we at Cybergrot.com don’t know could be fitted easily on the
back of a postage stamp… So now, using
the vast knowledge at our disposal we are presenting you with a conundrum (Kindly note that we are using
this word with its 18th century meaning, rather than its late Tudor
item a fake, or is it a work of art in its own right or both?
at the evidence
1) It is
lovely, well made, and heavy
appears to be made of slate (we actually think it is)
3) The incised
pictures – nautical in theme - are exquisitely done
4) It is
signed John Adams
images purport to be late 18th/early 19th century
6) The slate
appears to be aged
have every reason to believe that John Adams is still alive.
So is this
a fake designed to deceive? Or is it a
beautifully made thing in the style of the olden days….? We leave this decision up to you but our
feeling is that as the maker has signed it with his own name it is the latter.
the Latin inscription reads e pluribus
unum.. from many, one… (or somesuch) which of course is not only the motto
of the USA but also the purpose of the old fashioned solitaire game… which –
for those of you who are profoundly ignorant has nothing whatsoever to do with
cards or computers.
board comes with no marbles (don’t we all?) however we have a set of Old
English Spirals for sale elsewhere on this site – together they would make a
truly wonderful present.