Snooker gained its own identity in 1884 when officer Sir Neville Chamberlain, while stationed in Ooty, devised a set of rules that combined pyramid and life pool.The word "snooker" was a long used military term used to describe inexperienced or first year personnel. Brunswick & Brothers Ivory Four Ball Billiard Set, With Original (Very Early) Labeled Box. Tables Supplied With Our Latest Style Patent Combination Cushions And Marble Or Slate Beds, At Short Notice. Changes Of Temperature And Sunlight Have No Effect On Them, It Is Never Necessary To Oil Or Wipe Them After Playing. This Set Of Zanzibar Ivory Billiard Balls Were Made From The Highest, Clear Grade, Of Zanzibar Ivory, And May Very Well Have Been Used For Play, In Special Three Cushion Billiards Tournaments. Various particular ball properties such as hardness, friction coefficient and resilience are important to accuracy.By the mid-19th century, elephants were being slaughtered for their ivory at an alarming rate, just to keep up with the demand for high-end billiard balls – no more than eight balls could be made from a single elephant's tusks..) Although not the first artificial substance to be used for the balls (e.g.Urban legend has it that celluloid billiard balls themselves would occasionally explode during rough play, but no reliable sources have been found that can substantiate this.
He wants for them and I figured I'd try to ID them before taking them. Here's the best description I can give without pix: It is a set of all 16 balls that are in a very old looking wooden box (no lid).A billiard ball is a small, hard ball used in cue sports, such as carom billiards, pool, and snooker.The number, type, diameter, color, and pattern of the balls differ depending upon the specific game being played. Size: 2 1/8" Being displayed in a period bentwood & rattan pool ball basket type carrier dating back to the horse & buggy days, these were used in early pool rooms, given to the player buy the time keeper to Carrie the balls to and from the pool table. This ivory 15 ball set has the numbers hand engraved on both sides of the balls inside a flower pedal design. Wave-O-Lene Clay Pool Balls By The Brunswick Balke Collender Co. There are three 2" perfect balls pictured on the right. Rare clay Burt beach ball double stripe pool ball set 1 - 15, Surface dyed colors - Hand scrimshaw numbers on both sides - surrounded by a flower scallop design separating the numbered area from the color. Antique Rare Ivory Burt Double Stripe Pool Ball Set - circa 1880s. The Rarest Of The Clay Ball Sets In The Dart Style.