Shut the Box Games

Shut the Box Games

Also known as Canoga or "Batten down the Hatches", this is the old gambling game for as many players as you like. Players throw the dice and choose to shut either the numbers thrown or the sum of the numbers thrown. Each player tries to close all the numbers and thus shut the box!

Desktop Shut the Box

Currently unavailable

The same style chest as Old Century Shut the Box but a smaller fun-sized version.

4 Player Shut The Box

20.49

An excellent 4 player version of the fantastic game. More players equals more fun!

Hand-made Shut the Box - Mahogany frame with Ash tabs

29.49

Hand-made in the UK, this Shut the Box has a mahogany frame with contrasting ash tabs.

Hand-made Shut the Box - Oak frame and tabs

29.99

Hand-made in the UK, this Shut the Box has an oak frame and tabs.

 

Jaques Shut The Box - 15 Numbers

Currently unavailable

Nicely made 15 number shut the box game from Jaques in a light coloured wooden tray.

Coffee Table Shut the Box

56.90

A huge version ideal for public events, parties or just for people who like their games big!

 
 
 

Coffee Table Old Century Shut the Box

Front Porch Classics Coffee Table Old Century Shut the Box

Coffee Table Old Century Shut the Box in a chest. A brilliant version ideal for pubs/public events, much larger than typically found in toy shops

Shut the Box - Desktop, Circa Edition

Front Porch Classics Shut the Box - Circa Desktop Edition

Desktop Shut the Box, Circa Edition. Excellent version with chunky wooden numbers in a chest with metal handle and clasp. A small & ecomomical option

Hand-made Shut the Box - Oak frame and tabs

Hand-made Shut the Box - Oak frame and tabs

This Shut the Box, hand-made in the UK, has an oak frame & tabs with a felt covered playing surface.

Hand-made Shut the Box - Mahogany frame with Ash tabs

Hand-made Shut the Box - Mahogany frame with Ash tabs

Hand-made in the UK, this beautifully crafted Shut the Box has a mahogany frame with contrasting ash tabs.

Jaques Shut The Box - with 15 Numbers

Jaques Shut The Box (15 Numbers, light wood)

Nicely made 15 number Shut the Box game from Jaques in a light coloured wooden tray. Can also play the 9 and 12 number versions of the game.

4 Player Shut The Box

4 Player Shut The Box

A 4 player version of the classic pub game Shut The Box. Roll the dice to knock down your row of numbers. Highly entertaining and now even more competitive.

Also called by a bewildering variety of alternative names such as "close the doors", it isn't known where this old game originated. Most theories point to a source in Northern France; some specify Normandy and the Channel Islands as the specific location and claim that it has been played there for at least two hundred years. There is only evidence for it within England from the middle of the twentieth century, it having reputedly been brought to the South of England from the Channel Islands in 1958 by a Mr. 'Chalky' Towbridge.. The game is apparently also popular in Zambia!

An old pub gambling favourite, Shut the Box uses two dice and a special wooden playing tray. In the most common version, the tray features the numbers 1 - 9 in a row, each of which has a hinged cover and a turn involves repeatedly throwing the dice and shutting or covering a number or pair of numbers each throw. The turn ends when no numbers can be covered upon the throw of the dice at which point the player's total is calculated. The ultimate aim is to completely cover all numbers or "shut the box" which results in the best possible score of zero.

For more information, see the Online Guide to Traditional Games page on Shut the Box

 

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