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Made by R. Journet & Co in London, England. Robert Journet was a cutting-edge manufacturer of ball bearing "jiggle puzzle" games; a company with a history that started during the art nouveau era all the way up until the 1970s (more info at JigglePuzzle.com). The sheer originality of these great games spawned many copycat varieties from other makers - most of us can remember growing up playing some form or another of these skillful ball games.
The objective of The Queen Mary is to get all three ball bearings into the buoy positions, then manoeuvre the ship through the obstacles and into the dock. This particular no.108 "The Queen Mary" game is a rare older production model and was made in the 1930s or 1940s, most likely pre-WW2.
A beautiful piece, great for playing but even better on display. Made of wood, cardboard, paper and a glass cover (not plastic). Measures 5" x 4" x ¾".
Condition: All original parts, very good vintage condition. Slight wear & tear to red paper edging shows some wear as photos will attest. Played very little; inside is like new with very vibrant colours. All three steel pegs are still secured to the ship, which is uncommon.