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Cast iron six-pronged jack, 1.75cm x 1.75cm - from 18MO609.

Site: 18MO609 Jackson Homestead

Context: African-American farmstead of Malinda Jackson, (destroyed by fire), c. 1860 to c. 1915

Site Date Range: c. 1800 - 1915

Materials: Cast iron

Dimensions: 1.75cm x 1.75cm

Description: Cast iron six-pronged jack

History: The game of jacks, known around the globe by many different names,  is one of the world’s  oldest and most widespread games. This pasttime is played by tossing a ball into the air and scooping up pieces before the ball bounces.  Almost any type of small object—beans, stones, or bones --can serve as the “jacks”.