Solitaire Games

Solitaire Games

Solitaire is a game most of us have played at some time and it still remains a popular favourite - here we have versions of this game made with beautiful wooden boards and eye-catching pieces.

Solitaire isn't a game at all really - it's a puzzle which has baffled the best of minds for centuries. It was first invented by a French nobleman in the Bastille to while away the hours.

French Solitaire

The French have a different layout of Solitaire board to the English style with four extra holes making a more circular pattern. If you've mastered the cross-style board, why not give a French Solitaire game a try...

 

Standard Solitaire

We try to find Solitaire boards that are a bit special or unusual.

 
 

Luxury Solitaire

Some deluxe Solitaire boards that are extremely high quality.

 

French Round Solitaire Game, 27cm

Round 27cm French 27cm Solitaire with colourful boxwod balls

Beautiful French 27cm Round Solitaire Marbles game with coloured and natural boxwood marbles

French Round Solitaire Game, 30cm

Round 30cm French Solitaire with boxwood balls

French 30cm Round Solitaire Marbles game with natural boxwood marbles. Set includes 37 wooden marbles. Diameter: 30cm (12").

French Octagonal Solitaire Game

Octagonal 22cm French Solitaire with boxwood balls

French Octagonal Solitaire game with beautifully grained boxwood marbles. Set includes 37 wooden marbles.

Jaques Mahogany Solitaire Game

Jaques Master 9 inch Mahogany Solitaire

Beautiful Mahogany Solitaire game by Jaques with 33 individually drop-coloured marbles. Available in 3 sizes: 9, 12 & 15 inches

Solitaire Box with marbles

Solitaire Box with marbles

A lovely small solitaire game box featuring a removable lid and dark green marbles. Would make a lovely gift for any solitaire enthusiast.

Resin Solitaire Board

Resin Solitaire Board

A beautiful, good size Solitaire board made from Resin and attractively decorated. Would make a lovely gift for any solitaire enthusiast.

Wooden Solitaire Board With Marbles

Nauticalia Wooden Solitaire Board With Marbles

A hand-carved polished hardwood board with pearlescent marbles. This is a nice sized, beautiful looking wooden solitaire board with attractive marbles

House of Marbles Standard Solitaire

House of Marbles Standard Solitaire

A beautiful Solitaire game including a set of glass marbles and a round wooden board of high quality. A great puzzle for all ages to enjoy

House of Marbles Deluxe Solitaire

House of Marbles Deluxe Solitaire

A lovely, coffee table sized Solitaire puzzle from House of Marbles. A 30cm Sheesham wood board with a beautiful set of handmade glass marbles

Very Large Wooden Circular Solitaire

Philos Large Wooden Solitaire

A very large, wooden, circular Solitaire board with large wooden pegs. The board measure 38cm in diameter.

Duke of York Luxury Solitaire - hand-made marbles

House of Marbles Duke of York Solitaire (17 inch - hand-made marbles)

Luxury Wooden Duke of York Solitaire game with exquisitely coloured hand-made marbles. The board is made from American Black Walnut.

History of Solitaire

The popular modern game of Solitaire is played on a Fox and Geese board. The game was supposedly invented by a French count who was incarcerated in prison (there are references in French sources back to 1697) and is really a puzzle more than a game.

Solitaire was brought to England in the eighteenth century. You start with all the pegs (or balls) in the holes except the middle hole. Then each turn you hop one peg over another orthogonally but not diagonally. The piece hopped over is taken and removed from the board. The objective is to be left with a single peg in the middle.

Similar games to Solitaire are found in Southern Asia but these are not of the Tafl group being descended from a separate source. Two examples are Cows and Leopards from Ceylon and Tigers and Goats, the National Game of Nepal.

 

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