A rare puzzle map of Scotland
By PEACOCK, William & Co. , 1880

Peacock's New Double Dissection... Geography & History. Scotland.

British Isles Scotland
  • Author: PEACOCK, William & Co.
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: William Peacock & Co.
  • Publication date: 1880s
  • Physical description: Double-sided engraved jigsaw, hand coloured, one side a map of Scotland by Gall & Inglis, the other portraits of the monarchs of England from William I to Victoria, one piece with some loss, engraved key sheets; all housed within original wooden box with sliding lid, pictorial label on top.
  • Dimensions: 372 by 275mm. (14.75 by 10.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 13071


Peacock & Co was a well known manufacturer of dissected maps and puzzles, founded by Edward Peacock, a Baptist minister and carpenter. His “Peacock Puzzles” were inspired by the games and maps produced by his previous employer, Edward Wallis. He founded Peacock & Co in 1853, and was succeeded in 1861 by his son, William, who expanded it to become one of the world’s most prolific producers of wooden jigsaws.

The Peacocks used existing maps for their puzzles – the map of Scotland used here was produced by John Gall and Robert Inglis, a team of Scottish map publishers based in Edinburgh.

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