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OLD FRENCH PINS
Bowling as we know it has roots that stretch back centuries to mainland Europe. Learn more about this item.
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UNTOUCHED PIN
Not only is this pin intricately crafted, it looks almost brand new, with no visible sign of damage. It is unlikely that a bowling pin would go unused (you can never have too many), meaning this pin p ...
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THE EVOLVING BOWLING BALL
Bowling balls without finger holes are intended to be held in the palm, meaning they are usually much lighter than a typical tenpin ball. Such balls might be used in some of the more common pin bowlin ...
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FRENCH PINS
France suffered no shortage of bowling games. Given the wide variety of antique bowling pins Lin Kessler collected in the country, it seems that bowling was pervasive as a pastime, but highly variable ...
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RUDIMENTARY FRENCH PINS
Sometimes making bowling pins was an artistic act, requiring several steps and an elaborate exterior polish at the end. Other times, the exercise was purely utilitarian — getting pins onto the lane so ...
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A BALL FOR THE PALM
Not all bowling balls have finger holes. Balls without them were made to be easily held in the bowler’s palm. Players of pétanque, a French version of outdoor target bowling, might have used balls lik ...
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ASSORTMENT OF PINS
Pins for the different forms of early bowling came in a variety of shapes and sizes. The thin pin in the middle bears a striking resemblance to the skittles pins seen in 17th-century Dutch artist Jan ...
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NINETEENTH-CENTURY BOWLING
Though one is much smaller than a modern ball, these wooden balls were designed to be gripped with the fingers.
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ALL SHAPES AND SIZES
Looking at this display of early bowling pins from the Lin Kessler collection, it is tough to imagine how we got to the well-known shape of today’s modern pins. These pins were likely used in many typ ...
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REMOTE ACCESS
The giant collection of early bowling items Lin Kessler donated to the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame is comprised of over 100 balls and pins of different shapes, sizes, colors and orig ...
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