Jaques of London
Jaques of London, formerly known as John Jaques of London and Jaques and Son of London is a long-established family company that manufactures sports and game equipment
Dating itself from 1795 when Thomas Jaques, a farmer’s son of French Huguenot descent, set up as a "Manufacturer of Ivory, Hardwoods, Bone, and Tunbridge Ware”, the company gained a reputation for publishing games under his grandson John Jaques the younger, in particular:
- Chess - Jaques had exclusive manufacturing rights for a chess set designed by Nathaniel Cooke in 1849 and named the Staunton chess set after Howard Staunton. This set later became the official international standard.
- Tiddledy-Winks - the first publishers starting in 1888
- Snakes and Ladders - the first publishers starting in 1888
- Croquet - played an important role in popularising the game, producing editions of the rules in 1857, 1860, and 1864
- Table tennis - pioneered under the names Gossima and later Ping Pong
- Happy Families - popular card game, developed in 1851
- Ludo - patented in England 1897
- Shove ha'penny - is a pub game in the shuffleboard family, played predominantly in the United Kingdom.
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