The interesting 12 by 12 square game board was used in playing Canadian checkers (or Canadian draughts) which dates the board to the 1800s. It is one of the largest draughts games, played on a 12×12 checkered board with 30 game pieces per player. The game was invented by the French settlers of Quebec, and was named Grand jeu de dames. It is unknown when the game was first played in Canada, but boards with 12×12 squares were on sale in London in 1805.
This game board is guaranteed to be over 100 years old, and has seen its share of life, resulting in small dings and scratches to the surface on both sides. The only real condition issue is that the trim piece between the checkerboard and the bottom game piece section is missing. The other trim pieces all the way around the game board are in good shape. The game board is quite large and very heavy. It measures almost 29 inches long by 17.5 inches wide. There is an old iron eye-hook at the center top for hanging. Literally a museum-quality piece and the ultimate in folk art genius and mastery.
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