England: nineteenth century. Fifty-two bone alphabet tiles, each tile measuring ½ of an inch wide and ¾ of an inch high, letters engraved and painted in black. Housed in a polished hardwood box with sliding lid, lined in green baize; bottom of box covered in green baize. Lightest wear.
Two complete sets of carved bone alphabets, a popular educational toy of the Victorian era, housed in a portable hardwood box. Each tile features an uppercase letter on one side and the corresponding lowercase letter on the other. Very young children could identify individual letters and match uppercase letters to their lowercase counterparts; as the children grew into readers, they could arrange the tiles to spell simple words. Two very handsome bone alphabets, rarely found complete and in such fine condition.