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I'm wondering if someone might be able to help me out with an odd request. Living in Ireland, someone approached me to identify a game. They found games pieces in a very old wooden box (100 years or so old). There's three types of pieces, each made of a white stone (possibly marble):

  • Very thin circular white disks, maybe an inch and a half in diameter. Maybe 20 or 30 of these.
  • White fish pieces, maybe 5 to 10 of these.
  • What I think are river pieces (wavy lines), 5 to 10 of these too

There were no instructions for play or title or anything. I'm not sure if it was a published game or just a cobbled together family game that was ever in any way well known.

So the pieces are made of something that almost looks like marble,could be some form of white stone. I dont have a photo but will try to get one. The pieces dont look that old, but i think the box kept them in good condition

Does anyone have any idea as to what this could be?

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  • What were the pieces made of? Wood?
    – ryanyuyu
    Jul 14, 2021 at 20:59
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    Are you able to post pictures? Those are a lot of help in identifying games.
    – Joe W
    Jul 14, 2021 at 21:01
  • Is there a board or just pieces?
    – LeppyR64
    Jul 18, 2021 at 0:18
  • I remember my Grandparents having a game like this when I was young. The pieces were cardboard, not stone. It was a sort of fishing game of chance. You "fished" for a piece and got a fish, nothing or another turn. I don't remember any name for it.
    – Chenmunka
    Aug 9, 2021 at 8:32

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The material, age, lack of instructions, and the fact that some of them are shaped like fish, suggest that these are 19th-century gambling chips.

I am guessing based on the fact that some of them are in the form of fish, which was historically a common design for a gaming chip.

For example, see here for a reproduction of such chips.

Perhaps you could see if there is anything similar to your pieces on antiquegamblingchips.com?

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Brandubh could be a good possibility. It's a variant of Tafl games.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tafl_games

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