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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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DETAILS OF ANTIQUITY
The composition, size and weight of today’s bowling pins are decided and regulated by bowling’s governing bodies. Pins of the past, however, came in variable shapes and sizes and sported detailed craf ...
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KESSLER PINS
Lin Kessler, a native of Dijon, France, spent more than 50 years collecting early bowling equipment. Some of the earliest, most rudimentary bowling pins are little more than driftwood. Others are more ...
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TARGET BOWLING
Modern American bowling is a form of “pin bowling,” meaning the objective is to knock down a certain number of pins. Other forms are known as “target bowling,” the goal of which is to get the ball as ...
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EUROPEAN MYSTERY
For half a century, Lin Kessler traveled Europe amassing a collection of antique bowling pins and balls. He encountered pieces from a variety of bowling games, the details of which are often mysteriou ...
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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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