CAMMELL LAIRD PICTURE PUZZLES. FIND THE CAMEL. Series No. 4. “Cam-Bru-Mac” Reversible Puzzle. Provisionally Protected. 75 Pieces. ‘Casting a Large Ingot’ [Thom. Forman & Sons. Nottingham and London. n.d. but ca. 1920s]. [offered together with:] Series No. 6 “Cam-Bru-Mac” Reversible Puzzle. Provisionally Protected. 75 Pieces. ‘Rolling a Locomotive Tyre’ [Thom. Forman & Sons. Nottingham and London. n.d. but ca. 1920s.] [and offered together with:] Series No. 10... ‘12,000 Ton Armour Bending Press’. [Thom. Forman & Sons. Nottingham and London. n.d. but ca.
1920s?]. Offered together, three boxed reversible dissected wooden puzzles, each @ 125 x 175 x 4mm; each puzzle with chromolithograph sheet in landscape mounted on one side, and cut into 75 pieces; with image of camel in black on verso; puzzles a little dust-soiled; Series No. 4 and 6. contained in the original light blue paper card box with linen hinged lid, with mounted paper title printed in blue on upper lid, Series 10. in Navy blue hinged box lettered in gilt, all three with printed note adhered to inside lid, joints and extremities of boxes all a little rubbed and worn, most noticeably Series No. 4; most appealing examples. Three appeal and seemingly rare advertising solid wood reversible jigsaw puzzles, issued by the famous Birkenhead based shipbuilding company Cammell Laird & Co., Ltd. The company was formed in 1903 with the amalgamation of William and John Laird’s Birkenhead Iron Works and the Sheffield Steel firm of Charles Cammell & Co., Ltd. Known across the globe, the company built more than 1350 ships, playing a key role during both World Wars building both commercial and military vessels, being remembered in particular for the building of the Cunard White Star passenger liner Mauritania, and the first British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal - both in 1938.
Described as a "Cam-Bru-Mac" Reversible Puzzle, the present examples, all scarce, were part of a series of similar games, and show in turn ’Casting a Large Ingot’, a picture of "Rolling a Locomotive Tyre. Sheffield and Birkenhead", and a ‘12,000 Ton Armour Bending Press’. Each puzzle has on the reverse, the famous logo of the company, a large black Camel.