$29.00

Quick Facts:

  • This board is 9 ½” in diameter (about the size of a dinner plate) with 5/8” diameter, target sized marbles
  • The board is handmade in the U.S.A. from solid ambrosia maple
  • This is the French solitaire variation of the game, dating back to 1687
  • Your game will come with the board, 37 marbles, a bag to store them in, and the rules
  • It’s a simple game. It’s not an easy game. There’s over a million ways to do this puzzle wrong.

This is my ambrosia maple version of marble solitaire. Sometimes called French solitaire, European solitaire, or Continental solitaire, this is a 36 marble solitaire (as opposed to the 32 marble English solitaire sometimes sold in the U.S. as Hi-Q).

This version of the game can be traced back to the court of King Louis XIV in 1687 and an engraving by Claude Auguste Berey of Anne de Rohan-Chabot, Princess of Soubise who is shown posing with the game.  The French literary magazine Mercure galant contains a description of the board in their August 1687 edition, which is the first known reference to the game in print.

The rules are simple. Remove the first marble, and then jump one marble over another into an empty space until you have worked your way down to one marble. Many will attest that while the rules are simple, the game is not easy.

The included marbles will be a wide assortment of styles and colors. While the board will be solid wormy/ambrosia maple wood, the picture is just one of the many I have produced. The board in the picture will not be the exact board that you receive; the wonders of nature will produce different patterns in the grain as well as slight variations in color. The board is 9 1/2" in diameter. This game uses 5/8" diameter target marbles.

Warning. Choking hazard. Not intended for children under 5 years.

Current Stock:
Width:
13.00 (in)
Height:
11.00 (in)
Depth:
3.00 (in)
Shipping Cost:
Calculated at Checkout

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Round Marble Solitaire - Ambrosia/Wormy Maple

stonesfan on Jun 12th 2020

Lightning fast and safe receipt for these well made and reasonably priced hand made solitaire games.

Large Round Marble Solitaire - Ambrosia/Wormy Maple

elzatrip on May 12th 2020

The item arrived just as pictured and very quickly! It’s great! Thanks so much

Large Round Marble Solitaire - Ambrosia/Wormy Maple

Chloe on May 8th 2020

Beautiful set. I haven't won the game yet, but I've enjoyed trying.

Large Round Marble Solitaire - Ambrosia/Wormy Maple

Karen on May 7th 2020

I love this beautiful small set made just for me. The wood is the perfect background for the quirky colored marbles. My only question -- is it possible to get down to only 1 marble? I think this layout has 4 extra spots. Doesn't matter. I Love it!