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Posted 4 years ago


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Long gone Col. friend gave me these ivory dice with neat carrier. he got them off of a German soldier. Kept them for decades & still use them with my backgammon board.


  1. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    Love the ? pokerwork engraving on the backgammon board box top! Whats the age ? 18th C. ? Local Carib?
  2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Merci! Actually, I made the board except the hinges. The leather scene is from an 18th cent. print of the roadsted in St. Eustatius where I lived at the time. This is salvaged after hurricane Hugo (back when) hit. It was a really nice board before that. The reverse says "PROFESSIONAL TOURIST" (a palm tree) & "ASSOCIATION" which i formed in Jamaica in the 80's. The latch is a brass copy of the Luger shoulder stock latch. Also has hidden features I don't need anymore.
  3. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    A bloody nice object...what a history!
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Can I ask a question? "Roadsted" refers to the harbour? The 'sted' can mean place in Norwegian. Is it a safe place, a deep harbour? The Quill looks amazing!
  5. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    Nice work!
  6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    vetra--, you did your homework I see. As you know, the island is dutch. Believe in Eng. it would be roadstead. Actually the bottom there in "Statia" is sand & drops off rather quickly so not very good for anchours. The early dutch built dikes away from the shore, filled in & built their warehouses etc.. That way the ships could come up to the quays to load & unload. Said to be the richest spot on the planet in the 18th cent.. Surrendered 22 times without firing a shot so for centuries inhabitants thought their flag was all white.
    Yes, the Quill is an interesting place. A beautiful classical volcanic cone shape.
  7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Kevin, acey deucey is for people who rely on luck, not strategy.
  8. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    NOTE: I made the "stones" from limbs from the same red cedar tree. Strange how the wood in 1 branch was red with white streak & the red branch had a streak of white. Nature!
  9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Thanks Sean, but you should have seen it before it was found in a puddle of water after hurricane Hugo. It also has secret compartments to hold 60 $100 bills & mechanism for a single shot .22 under the latch. Never got around to installing barrel & chamber though. 1 ebony strip is the trigger spring. May just finish that. I've lived thru a lot of dangerous times in places.
  10. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    BELLIN, they are just dice & only dangerous to you pocketbook.
  11. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    Lucas, I hope you don't take offense at this; but with your intriguing past and hinted knowledge of dangerous parts and times, there is more than just a hint of Ernest Hemingway about even look a bit like him. He has always fascinated me (I think his writing is so-so), have you ever thought of writing your autobiography. I feel it would make excellent reading! :)
  12. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    That's funny Steve, especially as a girl once called me "the Hemingway of Alabama".
    Actually, I was making notes for years until it struck me that I was traveling around with "evidence" that could be turned around to hurt me. A writer contacted me & we made a deal so I gave him my notes. The question was if to go fact or fiction & I agreed to go factual as it would draw more money. Of course I couldn't give him a solid address & after an escapade his address etc. was lost so guess only a few will know my history when I kick-off. Tell people if anybody bothers to put up a marker, to have it read, "Others dreamed, he did it".
  13. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    You've probably done stuff I haven't even dreamed of. lol
  14. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    As the saying goes "You people wouldn't believe the things I've seen...........all these things lost like tears in the rain.....

  15. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    Write the book....FACTUAL!
  16. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Steve, you're an artist & so am I. I paint in shades of grey.
    need another ghost writer!
  17. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    Chiaroscuro rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  18. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Not familiar with chiarosure rules. I go by the established international rules. Steve, I walking wounded right now & have to crash! Demande.
  19. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Love #18 Hems.

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