Disentanglement Puzzle, Wishbone Puzzle

Disentanglement Puzzle, Wishbone Puzzle

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The disentanglement puzzle consists of two bent metal pieces with circular heads. These are fitted together but come apart. A.C. Gilbert sold this as the wishbone puzzle. That name is used here, although there is no mark definitely associating the puzzle with A.C. Gilbert.
A.C. Gilbert Company, Book of Instructions for Use with Gilbert Puzzle Parties...., New Haven: A.C. Gilbert Company, 1920, p. 8. A copy of this booklet is online at gamearchives.org, accessed July 26, 2017.
Jerry Slocum and Jack Botermans, Puzzles Old & New: How to Make and Solve Them, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1986, esp. pp. 96-97.
Currently not on view
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metal (overall material)
overall: 1 cm x 11 cm x 2.5 cm; 13/32 in x 4 11/32 in x 31/32 in
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Gift of Edith R. Meggers
Mathematical Recreations
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National Museum of American History
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