The game of Bell and Hammer is also called:|
- Glocke und Hammer
- Cloche et Marteau
- Le jeu du cheval blanc
- El juego del caballo blanco
- Klok en Hamer
Invented in Vienna, Austria, about 1809, the game of "Hammer und Glocke" or "Schimmel" came to have wide popularity throughout
the German speaking regions of Europe, and spreading to Holland, France, and England. Many version of the game were made by many
makers in those areas, with the last commercial production being by Otto Maier Verlag, Ravensburger, Germany, in 1974.
Bell and Hammer is still played today, with treasured antiques, family hand-me-downs, and sets hand-made by fans.
The core of the game are eight special dice, each with five blank faces, and with a fifth marked face. Six dice have the marked face
with pips to show the values one through six. One die has a symbol of a bell. One die has a symbol of a hammer.
Supporting these in play are five illustrated cards, which may resemble playing cards, or be large thick boards, depicting
a Bell, a Hammer, a Bell and a Hammer, an Inn, and a White Horse (The "Schimmel" of the common alternate name for the game).
The game set might also include game counters and possibly an auctioneers hammer.
Three sets of 8 old wooden dice and one incomplete set of 6 ivory dice.