Gaming Counters

Sharon Lathan

Sharon Lathan is the best-selling author of The Darcy Saga, a ten-volume sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

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Great info! I love it when you tie it into your book excerpts! My S.L. folder is growing into an encyclopedia of regency info. Grin.

Brenda Webb

Thank you for sharing this Sharon. Who knew that the ‘fish’ were markers? I have to agree with Stephanie that the game of “Go Fish” makes one think of the possibility of it deriving from the fish markers. Something to ponder.

Steve Diatz

I actually have about 75 of those mother of pearl counters: rounds, squares, diamonds, rectangles, ovals and ‘fish’ shapes, assorted. Bought them 27 years ago on Portobello Road market….the whole lot for 10 pounds. Keep them in a nice inlaid small wood box. Even though I have been involved in many instances of (re-created) Georgian gaming (at balls, soirees, living history events, etc), I rarely trot these out, since they are very delicate and just haven’t found a situation that called for such a nice bit of gaming accoutrements, save for just display purposes.

Jennifer Redlarczyk

Some of these counters are really beautiful! Love it! ~jen red~

Stephanie L

For once in my life, that comment about fish won and lost makes perfect sense. I always slide over it because my brain always goes to the childhood game of “Go Fish” and assuming its a card game because of that. You are just a wealth of knowledge my dear. =D Always improving my mind and understanding.

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