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Antique Dice




Treasure Hunt 03/22/18


03/28/18



Dear Donna,

 I have a small collection of tiny dice. I think the green ones are plastic and the off-white ones could be ivory? Not sure but hoping you can help.

Jenny from New Boston
 
Dear Jenny,
I have to tell you, the history of dice goes so far back. I learned the earlier ones were made from sheep knucklebones, but they used all kinds of materials up into present time to make dice.
Most likely the whitest ones you have are not ivory but bone. The other sets, I agree, should be plastic. Your dice look like they are 5mm (3/16”) and they too were used to play board games and such. I would suggest that you research your dice and find out the history of them; I thought it was very interesting. Bone, ivory, horn, glass, plastic — they all have a story to tell. 
As for value on the ones you have, I would say they are in the range of $30 for the lot of them. So you are collecting a tiny treasure. 
Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668). 





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