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|Creator||Holmes, Caswell (estate) (Mr.)|
|Published||Vancouver : Museum of Vancouver|
|Contributor||Museum of Vancouver|
Dice, which come in many shapes and sizes, are used as gaming devices throughout the world and have been for thousands of years. Fortunes, lives, and kingdoms have been won or lost, depending on the throw of the dice. The ancient Greeks used knucklebones as dice; the Romans had both oblong and cubic ones. Roman historian Tacitus (c. A.D.55-115) reported that the Germanic tribes were so addicted to casting lots that they would gamble away their liberty when they had lost everything else. In the 12th century, one observer noted that "clergymen and bishops
are fond of dice playing."
These tiny bone dice were made during the early years of the 20th century.
<div class="field-item field-item-0">a)purple exterior;b)purple exterior;picture of ship with smokestacks and vestigal masts, 3 flags;marked -schiffsbankasten, shipbuilding patented...- in 4 languages, german, french, english, spanish;c)base of ship, tapered at ends with shallow slots;d)prow piece;e)triangular;f-q)rectangular blocks;r)rudder;s-u)rectangular, one curved edge;v)rectangle, 4 projections;w,x)same as v) but also one shallow hole;y,z)square blocks;aa,bb)rectangular, curved upper surface, single projection;cc-ee)same as aa,bb) but smaller;ff,gg)stocky columns, single projection;hh)right-angled block;ii)tall column;jj,kk)stocky columns, single projection;ll)short mast with metal spreader, liner rigging;mm)same as ll) but with paper german flag on pin at top;nn)paper flag, american, on pin</div><div class="field-item field-item-1">A,B)DICE</div>