Title: Acey Deucey Board Game
Accession #: NHHC 1984-123-B
Circa: Early 20th Century
Size: 21 x 26
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command
One canvas Acey-Ducey backgammmon style board game. Colorful hand-painted in green with a compass rose in the center. The spaces of the board are alternating red and yellow inside a black square. Enlisted and Officer insignia marks and ratings designate the points of the spaces on the board. The vertical center divide of the board is designated with a mermaid and a seahorse in yellow and black with dice. Cursive Acey Ducey mark the horizontal divide of the center. "USN" in yellow and anchors mark the outer edges of the board.
During the first quarter of the twentieth century, Acey-Ducey was a popular pastime of U.S. sailors. Similar to backgammon, the dice and board needed to play the game could be easily packed and stored while aboard ship. The real spelling of the game is Acey-Deucey. Acey and Deucey were the nicknames of the first and second class petty officers.