Also known as Pick up Sticks. Various commercial version have also been produced such as "Jackstraws". RC Bell - Board and Table Games has a small section on Spellicans. He says the game appears to have originated in China. Best sets are made of ivory and higher scoring pieces are carefully fretted into shapes such as a spear, saw, snake on a staff, a bird on a branch, a trefoil, mitre, trident, horse's head, fork, a bucket yoke etc.