Vintage Blue & White Porcelain Carpet Ball 3 inches in diameter highly polished, porcelain. Beautiful objet for any decor. Wonderful collectible to display in a bowl or a basket. In excellent vintage condition.
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DIMENSIONS: 3" Diameter
ORIGIN: Mayfair, England
CIRCA: 19th Century
FACTS & HISTORY: Carpet balls or carpet bowls originated in Scotland in the late 1700s. The balls or bowls were kept near the front door of most Scottish mansions in the 19th century and used to play the parlor game, Parlour Bowl.
The balls themselves are made of stoneware or ceramic mostly decorated in a beautiful patterns.A variety of colors were used for a set of patterned balls plus the added cue ball is usually white or self-colored. They can range in size from 2.5 to 3.5 inches. The speculation is that children used the smaller balls.
Many of the balls were made in England's Staffordshire region along with so many other fine ceramics. Even so it has been documented that 1796 was the founding date of Thomas Taylor Bowls Ltd. of Glasgow, Scotland where many of the balls were first made.
Carpet bowling was an indoor cousin to the outdoor game of bowls in Great Britain. Basically the idea of the game is taking the cue ball and trying to knock your fellow player's balls out of play. Usually there are six players with two balls each on two teams.Though the game is considered pretty much a 19th Century phenomena it is having a resurgence of popularity in Canada and Great Britain.