Antique Italian bingo-type game set, likely late 19th or early 20th century, comprised of cardboard game board with 90 gold-numbered spaces on red ground with embossed gold paper frame, 90 hand-numbered wooden game tokens, and 15 sets of 87 total individual cards, housed in 8 colored cardstock sleeves, the cards hand-numbered and with hand-colored empty spaces. Some light age-appropriate wear and soiling, minor abrasions to board surface and corners, overall very good. Board measures approx. 13-1/2 by 13-1/2 inches, most cards 2-5/8 by 4-3/4 inches. Wooden tokens and cards housed together in a paper-covered cardboard box, contents loose as issued. N.p., n.d.
Tombola is a traditional Italian board game very similar to bingo, first played in Naples in the 18th century. Traditionally, players would cover the numbers on their individual cards with beans, lentils, or pieces of orange or tangerine peel. The cards included here comprise 15 sets, labeled on the outsides of the sleeves and the backs of the cards: A (5 cards); I (5 cards); K (4 cards); and 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, 19 (2 sets), 20 (2 sets), 23, and 24 (6 cards each). Book ID: 48851