Jigsaw Puzzles Gifts
The enduring popularity of jigsaw isn’t difficult to understand. Calming, therapeutic and fascinating, the puzzles remain popular more than 250 years after they were first invented. We are pleased to be able to bring you a delightful collection of jigsaw puzzles from the outstanding House of Puzzles range featuring appealing images and 1000 pieces. That’s plenty to keep anyone occupied! Don’t miss out on our fabulous jigsaw puzzle gifts.
The History of Jigsaw Puzzles
The jigsaw puzzle was invented by John Spilsbury, an English map maker and engraver. Around 1760, he created an educational device by attaching a picture of England to a thin sheet of mahogany and then cutting out each of the counties using a fret saw. Others copied his concept and puzzles started to appear with various geographical and historical themes. They were educational in nature and aimed at children.
By the 19th century, puzzles had become popular amongst wealthy children whose families could afford to buy them. Puzzles were fashioned from expensive woods and were labour intensive to produce. The industrial age saw new techniques developed which meant that puzzles could be produced from thinner sheets of wood. Improved printing processes and the invention of the treadle operated jigsaw which gave the puzzles their name led to a greater range of images and themes. Adults then started to enjoy jigsaws.
The jigsaws were still expensive and the subject matter aimed at the upper classes but innovations introduced by Raphael Tuck and his sons in Germany were soon to make the games more commercial. The Germans produced varied and colourful images, they introduced more intricate cutting techniques, started to use plywood and thick card and produced attractive packaging including the image of the puzzle. Tucks ideas were picked up in America and puzzles became all the rage. Demand increased and new production methods were created to cut several puzzles simultaneously.
In the 1920’s a new technique was developed to die cut cardboard, this dramatically reduced the cost of the puzzles making them affordable for all.