The whole set, including a 20-sided dice, joker cards featuring Boris and Ken, and a 'box made in Derby' can be yours for £15 plus postage/packaging.

The premise sounds more than a little bonkers, and borne of the frustration the Smoke team suffer in piecing together their periodical.

You play the part of an editor of a small literary magazine, and must make your way around Soho collecting copy from a bunch of 'recalcitrant writers', all holed up, Jeffrey Bernard-style, in local pubs.

Cup and Ball, Small: The small cup and ball toy is also solid wood turning 6" in length, with the cup designed in line with the handle. It is available in either natural wood or with a painted (yellow cup and red ball).

Each toy is individually packaged in a poly bag by Historical Folk Toys.

Every day until Christmas the Londonist team will be pointing you in the direction of a Christmas present that (with a bit of luck) you won’t already have on your list.

Climb up onto our collective lap and we’ll see what we can move from our sack to your stockings…

This game is played by two persons with small rackets, called battledores, made of parchment or rows of gut stretched across wooden frames, and shuttlecocks, made of a base of some light material, like cork, with trimmed feathers fixed round the top.

The object of the players is to bat the shuttlecock from one to the other as many times as possible without allowing it to fall to the ground.

Each toy is packaged in a poly bag with a history and instruction sheet.

Cup and Ball, Large: The large cup and ball toy is a solid wood turning 10 5/8" in length, with the cup designed in line with the handle. Each toy is individually packaged in a poly bag with a history and instruction sheet.

Games with a shuttlecock are believed to have originated in ancient Greece about 2000 years ago.