Stocking Stuffer: Vintage Board Game of Scrabble from Restoration Hardware

December 16th, 2010 by Purnima

For the Board game lover, there is a vintage version of the classic American word game that was invented in the 30s by Alfred M. Butts – Scrabble, though it only entered mainstream America in the late forties by entrepreneur James Brunot.

When Butts invented the board game, it featured letter tiles and a scoring system. It went through a series of monikers, the first being Lexico, then Criss Cross Words. Only later in 1948, did it get its now popular name – Scrabble. They say Brunot was responsible for it.  Right from the 50s until today, Scrabble remains a vastly popular game all around the world; 100 million games have been reportedly sold and the numbers only go up as we speak. So trust us, you just can’t go wrong when it comes to stuffing a Scrabble aficionado’s stocking with this handsome piece this holiday season.

This one is no ordinary plastic or acrylic Scrabble that is sold in every run-of-the-mill store. It is a truly vintage version that resembles that from Butts’ and Brunot’s era. It would almost make you relive the vintage moments when it was played in the 40s.

The vintage version features a game cabinet that is made of solid hardwood with die cast metal accents. The cabinet features a pull out drawer for storage with a organizer tray that is neatly divided into compartments to store your Scrabble accessories. The letter tiles are embossed and crafted in wood. The game board has a raised grid and can rotate. There are 100 embossed wooden letter tiles that can be stored in the included fabric Scrabble tile pouch, when not in use. You can display the letters using the four metal tile racks and keep score using the fabric covered score book with a matching pencil. To add a final finishing touch to the vintage board game, there is an hour glass timer encased in metal. This classic square piece measures 17” and is 4-1/2 inches high. It is priced at $159. You can order your set from The Restoration Hardware website. They also have rush delivery for the holiday season.

Clearly, one of the best versions we’ve seen in a long time and a very well designed product – totally worth every cent. Overall, an extremely classy and tasteful design compared to the overly extravagant ones we’ve seen and oozes vintage charm from every nook. It definitely gets a baller Thumbs Up from us!

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