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Lot of 9 Victorian Scottish Ceramic Carpet Balls

Lot 0094 Details

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Europe, Scotland, ca. 1860 CE. This ensemble of nine ceramic balls decorated in various attractive patterns intrigued me from moment one. After a bit of research, it became clear that these were used in a 19th century Victorian parlor game called Carpet Ball, an indoor ball game played on carpet, hence its name. According to Paul Baumann, author of "Collecting Antique Marbles" (2004), antique carpet balls were once kept near the front doors of impressive Scottish mansions. Any respectable family would keep two boxes in their foyers, one for the outdoor game of croquet and the other for the indoor counterpart called Carpet Ball. As you can see, they were decorated in a variety of colors and patterns; however, one which was typically white or self-colored stood out as the cue ball. In this group, the mottled grey ball stands apart and was probably painted to appear like a natural stone and be used as the cue ball. A fascinating collectible from an antique Victorian parlor game! Size: largest measures 3.5" in diameter (8.9 cm)

Provenance: Ex-Historia-Antiques, James Caswell, Santa Monica, Ca.

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Minor scratches and abrasions. Overall very good.
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Lot of 9 Victorian Scottish Ceramic Carpet Balls

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Jun 02, 2016
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0094: Lot of 9 Victorian Scottish Ceramic Carpet Balls

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$500
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$200
Exceptional Antiquities | Ethnographic Art
Thu, Jun 02, 2016 11:00 AM
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Lot 0094 Details

Description
...
Europe, Scotland, ca. 1860 CE. This ensemble of nine ceramic balls decorated in various attractive patterns intrigued me from moment one. After a bit of research, it became clear that these were used in a 19th century Victorian parlor game called Carpet Ball, an indoor ball game played on carpet, hence its name. According to Paul Baumann, author of "Collecting Antique Marbles" (2004), antique carpet balls were once kept near the front doors of impressive Scottish mansions. Any respectable family would keep two boxes in their foyers, one for the outdoor game of croquet and the other for the indoor counterpart called Carpet Ball. As you can see, they were decorated in a variety of colors and patterns; however, one which was typically white or self-colored stood out as the cue ball. In this group, the mottled grey ball stands apart and was probably painted to appear like a natural stone and be used as the cue ball. A fascinating collectible from an antique Victorian parlor game! Size: largest measures 3.5" in diameter (8.9 cm)

Provenance: Ex-Historia-Antiques, James Caswell, Santa Monica, Ca.

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#113676
Condition
...
Minor scratches and abrasions. Overall very good.

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