10 silhouette pieces
Trick – (unknown difficulty)
Year Made: 1989
Limited Edition #58/86
Current Price on Stave Site: Not listed as available
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This is a remarkable LE Trick for a few reasons. First of all, this has been one that is under the radar for us. We have never seen this one before, or heard of it, so pretty unusual. What really makes this one interesting is it was owned by to Mary Ann Madden (Google her, she created word puzzles for the New Yorker). What is more fascinating is that it was a gift from Stephen Sondheim to her. As they say in the collector world it has some strong “provenance”.
The puzzle itself, while not on par with the very hard 5 bolt tricks of today, was not super easy. It made us think. I won’t give anymore detail than that, but was a good one. In terms of the “name” pieces, I am informed that Ms. Madden had 5 cats, and these were their names.
It’s in very condition. It may be handpainted, not sure, but overall in great shape. It was missing 4 pieces that I had restored by what many consider the top restorer in the wood puzzle world. You can almost not make them out (see pics). The box has a little wear on the corners, some of the blue tape is slightly peeling and there is a small watermark on the top of the lid. The label also has some sort of staining which caused some of the words to fade (again, see pics).