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Race Horse

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And they’re off! A playful piece of Queen Mary history. One of the wooden horses used in the first-class lounge for afternoon horse racing. If you had to choose a number, I suppose No. 1 is the best!

Gambling of all types was a popular pursuit in the smoking rooms of the grand liners.  After all what better way to pass the time than drinks and games with friends.  One of the most popular types of betting was the “daily run” game of wagering on the number of miles the ship would cover in 24 hours.  Another favorite pastime was horse racing which was very popular with passengers and crew, and the chief smoking room steward held the pot for a 10% fee, making his job very coveted indeed.  The way it worked was that dice were rolled for each “horse,” and they advanced across the room.  Spectators would place their bets, and good fun was had by all.

Not only is this a part of the fun and games had on your favorite liner, it is decorative and quite the conversation piece.  Original paint with some peeling and easy to display or mount.  Measures about 24″ x 8″.