The game is played by dealing out the lottery cards and lottery counter cards equally to each player. They in turn then draw a ‘Klasse’ token that indicates to the other players the lottery cards that have to be forfeited; although based on chance, in this version the object is to acquire as many cards as possible and knock out the other players; or if this is not possible, then by a pre-agreed number of cards or ‘points’, the winner of the game is declared. The scenes of everyday life together with proverbs and sayings indicate this particular version was for children or family entertainment rather than any serious betting. A Dutch lottery is something of an oxymoron, and despite quite a bit of moralising during the period of its production there still seems to have been strong attachment to this type of game during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. As this copy was produced for a local Dutch speaking market it is consequentially both slightly naive in nature and also of a rough and ready quality. Together, these attributes may account for the scarcity of examples in this form.
180 cards including, 60 lottery counter cards [48 × 30 mm.] each with a proverb or saying; 60 printed lottery numbers [66 x 50 mm.] each with a scene depicting everyday life and 60 ‘Klasse’ tokens [50 × 30 mm.] in various monetary denominations; lightly dust-soiled and some occasional marks; housed in a contemporary? wooden box, though not originally issued as such.
Author [LOTTERY GAME].
Date [n.d., c. 1840].