An amazing vintage wooden jigsaw puzzle depicting a regatta. The original artwork is by John Hassall the English illustrator well known for his advertisements and poster designs. The puzzle is made from plywood finely cut into 1000 push fit pieces, that is hard enough but when you look at the skill of the cutter who has taken every opportunity to cut around each section of colour it turns it into a very complex challenge. It took me over a week to complete! The finished puzzle measures 25.5" x 16".The puzzle came to me in an old box which was not the original, I have attempted to research who the maker could be and suspect it might be by Holtzapffel given the quality of the cutting. They made other illustrations by Hassel into puzzles.
Obviously I have no way to verify this. Any information would be greatly appreciated. The puzzle is in good condition however one piece was replaced many years ago (see 4th photo) and I have had two pieces professionally replaced (see 5th & 6th photos).
I have housed the pieces in a sturdy box. The item "VINTAGE 1000pc wooden jigsaw Superb colour cut push fit puzzle Holtzapffel" is in sale since Thursday, August 16, 2018. This item is in the category "Toys & Games\Jigsaws & Puzzles\Vintage Puzzles". The seller is "redrobandrose" and is located in Norwich, Norfolk.This item can be shipped worldwide.