Game accessories; Lead dice
Time period: Generic.
Materials: Pewter, lead free.
Product Dimensions: 1.3 cm square.
Dice, due to their portability, and their unpredictability when rolled, became the essential tool of the medieval gambler. Numerous dice games, from the simple and silly to quite complex games of strategy are known from the medieval period.
It should be noted that while modern dice have the six opposite the one, the three opposite the four and the five opposite the two, only some medieval dice also had this pattern. Many medieval dice were apparently random in the pattern of the faces and the six-sided dice provided are also randomly marked. That is some will follow the modern pattern but others will not.
The size of dice also varied from the quite large to tiny as did the materials from which they were made including wood, clay, bone, ivory, and in rare cases metals such as silver. Loaded dice and shaved dice have also been found and even dice with more than 6 sides.
These dice are made from lead free pewter similar in weight and size to lead dice made from hammered musket balls during the Civil War.
Suggested age: All