Child's Spelling Alphabet

A late 18th/early 19th Century child's spelling alphabet, consisting of a mahogany box, with the words 'Spelling Alphabet' engraved on a bone plaque. The box contains 132 bone tablets, each letter of the alphabet engraved with an upper and lower case on either side. There are varying numbers of each letter, ranging from nine 'Os' to just one 'Z'. There are also seven punctuation tablets (comma, semi-colon etc) and nine numerals (with the exception of the number four, which is missing). The fact that the tablets are made of bone would suggest that perhaps the set was constructed by Napoleonic prisons of war, who frequently made use of this material to construct model ships and the like. This is the only example I have ever seen.

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