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Skittle balls

Skittle balls

These two wooden skittle balls were used around 1870 in the skittle alley in Russell, in the Bay of Islands. The game was a forerunner to tenpin bowling. Nine skittles were used and balls were 20 centimetres in diameter. Players and spectators would bet on a game's outcome.

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Reference: HFC21

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David Grant, 'Gambling - Cards and games', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/39426/skittle-balls (accessed 25 January 2022)

Story by David Grant, published 5 Sep 2013