Rome Coliseum

Catalog Code: 
2- 2235
Description: 

Easily our largest hand cut puzzle, an unknown maker cut this puzzle in the Trenton, NJ area, probably in early 1934, the dates of the Trenton Times newspapers in which it was packed and sealed for 60 years. It, includes 50 figure pieces but no color line cutting. The maker devised an ingenious way to make the puzzle truly interlocking (i.e.can be pulled across table) by using a special saw to cut the puzzle into manageable sections which interlock with each other by large multi-piece "knobs". Most puzzles above 1000 pieces, and any puzzle as large or larger than this one, are cut into sections by crooked lines but do not interlock between sections because the "throat" of the scroll saw is not deep enough to allow the wood to be turned for cutting knobs.  Because of its huge size, this puzzle was very difficult to photograph.  It's box was an old, sturdy laundry box with a hand written label on the outside giving only title and number of pieces.  I displayed this puzzle in "Show & Tell" at the 15th Virtual Puzzle Parley July 2021.  We have identified a jigsaw puzzle maker in Trenton, NJ in the 1930's but the cutting style is very different from that employed in "Rome Coliseum".  

General Information
Date: 
1934
Width: 
60"
Height: 
36"
Container: 
box
Material: 
plywood
Pieces Information
Pieces: 
3,725
Colorline: 
no
Figures: 
50
Interlock: 
yes
Styles: 
Sale Status: 
Not for Sale