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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

50-piece Chad Valley Puzzle.

In focus today, 17 September 2019, is a small, early Chad Valley jigsaw comprising 50 pieces. It is cut from "selected" plywood and housed in a very crude cardboard box displaying the words, "Made at the Chad Valley Works Harborne England".

The simple, illustrative artwork shows a GWR Express with a 'King' class 4-6-0  locomotive at the head.  The location appears to be the red cliffs and sea wall around Dawlish. As to the origin of the jigsaw I refer to the excellent "Compendium of British Jigsaw Puzzles of the 20th Century" by Tom Tyler. Included in a long list of Chad Valley jigsaws, is a 1935 set of six, 50-piece puzzles under the heading Famous Trains. I suspect that my example is one of this set. The artist is not named.