|The Spear Collection
||Family collection of Spears games. Viewable by appointment.
|The Ballam Collection
||A collection of over 1500 games, puzzles and educational toys,
mainly Victorian indoor games. Probably the largest such resource
in existence. The printed games from this collection are now at the Bodleian Library, Oxford and are being added to the catalogue there.
|Thurstons of Liverpool
||E.A. Clare, the owners of Thurstons have a private museum at
their premises featuring an amazing array of Billiards and Snooker
equipment going back centuries. Including a hexagonal Billiard
|The Opie Collection
||See the entry for the Bodleian
Library. The games were not included with the transfer of
|The Hannas Collection
||Linda Hannas amassed a huge collection of early games in addition
to her collection of jigsaw puzzles. On 26/27 July 1984 most were
sold at Sotheby's, Bloomfield Place, London. The sale catalogue
gives a brief description and a few small pictures. We hope to
list these in GARD as a future project.
|The Whitehouse Collection
||We have not discovered the present location of the late Col.
Whitehouse’s collection of Board and Table Games, but in his book
"Table Games of Georgian and Victorian Days", Peter Garnett Ltd
1951, later edition Priory Press 1971, information is given of
all the games of the period 1750-1850 he was able to locate.
|Rothschild Collection of French boardgames 1675-1820
||Kept at Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury. Several are illustrated
in the Introduction to Play the Game by Brian Love, 1978 and 1984
|The United States Playing Card Company Collection of English
Playing Cards and Card Games
||A very important collection many from the collection of George
Clulow, F.R.G.S., is listed in A History of Playing Cards by Catherine
Hargrave, 1930, Dover Edition 1966.
||See The United States Playing Card Company.
|The Seville Collection of Goose Games
||More than 300 examples, many important, all centered around
the Royal Game of Goose. The British section of this collection
with pictures has been entered into GARD; the whole collection
has been published privately on CD and most of the games can be
viewed, with many others, on the Gioco
Dell Oca website of Dr Luigi Ciompi.
If you know of other significant private collections of games that
we should include, please contact us to
let us know.