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  PAINT-DECORATED, 19TH CENTURY, GAME WHEEL IN SCARLET RED, CHROME YELLOW, AND BLACK, WITH EXCEPTIONAL GRAPHICS AND SURFACE, circa 1880
Dimensions (inches): 20" diameter x 4.75" deep
Description:
American game wheel, made of wood, two-sided, with a fancy chrome spinner and long, metal pins. The polychrome-paint is simply a 10-out-of-10 in terms of color, graphics, and surface, the latter worthy of the emphasis of overstating. On the obverse, there is a red background, with trios of yellow numerals that would correspond to dice, and a yellow, pinstriped border. This surrounds a black ring, decorated with gleaming suns and scrollwork, bordered in yellow striping, with more in all three colors continuing into the center.

The outer edge is painted dark green. On the reverse is a red, outer ring, with spaces numbered 50 in yellow or 100 in black on white/pink. This is followed by open, black spaces, then by another red wreath with the numbers 1-8 painted in gold and green. Yellow striping separates all of the elements and more striping in black, red, and yellow follows in the center.

The small size is another terrific feature of this striking piece of 19th century folk art. One of the best painted game wheels I have ever encountered.

Condition: Minor scrapes and losses. Overall excellent.
   
Primary Color: red, yellow, black
Earliest Date: 1870
Latest Date: 1890
For Sale Status: Available
Price $9,500
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