Our jigsaw collection - part 3


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Fingle Bridge

About 200 pieces (approx. 17"x11") in orange slip case box.
Published from 1930 to 1933, initially with about 150 pieces and named 'Springtime in Devon - Fingle Bridge', this is the later enlarged and renamed edition.
The painting by Edith A.Andrews shows a view up the River Teign towards Fingle Bridge on Dartmoor.



Stratford‑upon‑Avon (Harvard House)

About 375 pieces (approx. 21 3⁄4"x15 3⁄4") in blue slipcase box, but with one nib missing.
Published from 1933 to 1938. This is the early small version with the puzzle later being increased to 400 pieces.
From a painting by Michael Reilly.

Prominent in the foreground is Harvard House of the title. It was the home of the maternal grandparents of John Harvard, founder of Harvard University. The house was built in 1596 for Thomas Rodgers and his wife Alice. Their daughter married Robert Harvard whose son, John, went to America in 1637. Possibly designed to appeal to a transatlantic audience, it is shown flying the American flag.



Bath

About 150 pieces (approx. 15 1⁄2"x12") in orange slipcase box.
Published from 1932 to 1936.
Painted by the artist Claude H.Buckle.

This is the early version published until about 1934, the puzzle later being increased to about 200 pieces and then renamed 'Beau Nash's Bath'. This image was used for a poster in the This England of ours series.



St. David's Cathedral

About 200 pieces (approx. 16 1⁄4"x11") in orange slipcase box.
Published from 1930 to 1934 initially with about 150 pieces, this is the later enlarged edition.
The painting is not signed, but is attributed to A.Van Anrooy R.I. on the guide picture on the box.

This picture was used on a poster promoting St David's, Pembrokeshire South Wales.



The Torbay Express

400 pieces (approx. 23"x12") in blue box with blue label, but with half a piece missing.
Published from 1930 to 1934. This is the later enlarged version.
From the painting by F.N.J.Moody, originally used for a poster.

Comparing this puzzle with the earlier 375 piece one reveals that for some reason the right hand side has been cropped, with most of the hillside greenery and the artist's signature being lost. This is all the more puzzling as the guide picture stuck on the box states Size of puzzle 29"x13" and shows slighly less cropping.



Stratford‑upon‑Avon (Harvard House)

About 400 pieces (approx. 22"x15 3⁄4") in blue slipcase box.
Published from 1933 to 1938, initially with 375 pieces.
From a painting by Michael Reilly.

Prominent in the foreground is Harvard House of the title. It was the home of the maternal grandparents of John Harvard, founder of Harvard University. The house was built in 1596 for Thomas Rodgers and his wife Alice. Their daughter married Robert Harvard whose son, John, went to America in 1637. Possibly designed to appeal to a transatlantic audience, it is shown flying the American flag. Also contains an original copy of the leaflet describing Harvard House.



Brazenose College Oxford

About 400 pieces (approx. 22 3⁄4"x15 1⁄2") in blue slipcase box.
Published from 1933 to 1939 being spelt variously with either s or z.
View inside Brasenose College quad in Oxford, painted by the artist Claude H.Buckle and dated 1932.

This is the only puzzle in the series to have a black border and was used for a poster advertising OXFORD in the This England of ours series.



Cornish Riviera

About 200 pieces (approx. 21"x9") in orange slipcase box.
Published from 1927 to 1936.
Featuring the engine 'Abbotsbury Castle' on its way to Penzance near Dawlish, it is by the artist James Thorpe.

First published as 'The Cornish Riviera Express' with about 150 pieces, this is the later enlarged and renamed version. Whilst still retaining the wavy edges it now contains about 200 pieces. Written on the box is B.J.Pacey Ward 3.34. Presumably this puzzle was bought as a present for B.J.Pacey to occupy them whilst in hospital sometime during 1934.



Bath

About 200 pieces (approx. 15 1⁄4"x11 3⁄4") in orange slipcase box.
Published from 1932 to 1936 initially with about 150 pieces, this is the later enlarged edition.
Painted by the artist Claude H.Buckle.

This puzzle was later renamed 'Beau Nash's Bath'.



Henley Bridge

About 200 pieces (approx. 17"x11") in orange slipcase box.
Published from 1933 to 1935 initially with about 150 pieces, this is the later enlarged edition.
Painting by Fred Taylor.

This picture was used for a poster and shows the 'Angel' and St. Mary's Church across the river. Close examination reveals a gentleman sitting astride the bridge parapet with one leg dangling over the water - a rather unsafe position.



Piccadilly Circus

About 200 pieces (approx. 10 3⁄4"x18") in orange slipcase box.
Published from 1933 to 1937.
An unusual night scene with Eros in silhouette, painted for use as a poster by the artist Charles Pears in 1932. The puzzle retains the tall portrait format of the original artwork.



Historic Totness

About 200 pieces (approx. 16 3⁄4"x11 1⁄2") in orange slipcase box.
Published from 1933 to 1939. This is the early version, the puzzle later being reduced to 150 pieces.
View up Fore Street and High Street featuring East Gate, by the artist Claude H.Buckle.

Known to have been later issued as an untitled 175 piece puzzle under the Chad Valley brand.



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