Vintage wood puzzle toys made in Germany 1940’s . The first jigsaw puzzle was produced around 1760 by John Spilsbury, a London engraver and mapmaker. Spilsbury mounted one of his maps on a sheet of hardwood and cut around the border. The Golden Age of jigsaw puzzles came in the 1920s and 1940s with companies producing a wide range of puzzles reflecting both the desire for sentimental scenes. These are very rare hard to find!
1800’s original dexterity game with black lady. The emphasis here is on steady hands, perseverance, and lots of patience rather than logical analysis. In his seminal book Puzzles Old and New published in 1893, Angelo John Lewis, writing under the pen name “Professor Louis Hoffmann” described the class of dexterity puzzles as those “which do not depend upon any secret, or intellectual process, but upon some knack, only to be obtained by repeated persistent effort of the ‘try and try again’ kind on the part of the operator.