Martin Brunner (1659-1725) was a Nuremberg medallist. For similar games counters see Spielwelten der Kunts -- Kuntskammerspiel, Kunsthistoriches Museum Wien, Exhibition Catalogue 1998, page 189, and Albert Pinto, Treen or Small Woodware Throughout the Ages, Batsford Ltd 1949, page 80. The technique employed to create these counters is comparable to the methods used in die-casting bronze medals. Firstly the turned wood was soften by steam, then scenes and subjects were impressed with metal dies. Brunner was among a group of prolific medallists who produced a number of struck medals of prominent city figures, nobility and European Royalty, together with satirical subjects, during the late 17th and early 18th century. Their work was promoted by a catalgoue of medals issued by the Nuremberg silversmith and coin dealer, Freiderick Kleinert in collaboration with Caspar Lauffer, the master of the Nuremberg mint.