Don Seely, an artist and long-time customer of ours, sent us these photos of a one-off art project he did. The end product is just too attractive to not highlight here.
According to Don: “The goal was to make a precision version of the well-known, but poorly made stocking-stuffer Fifteen puzzle.” Typically made from wood, his version is made of brass, stainless steel, and polished stone.
The Fifteen Puzzle was originally created in 1879 by a New York postmaster named Noyes Chapman. It really took off with a bang in 1880, making a craze that was unmatched until the Rubik’s Cube in 1980. Like many popular crazes, it had largely faded within six months. However, the so-called sliding puzzle and its original, the Fifteen Puzzle, remain popular to this day. Other, more complicated versions have also been invented, but the classic 4×4 grid with fifteen pieces is the original.