Billiard Balls

Description
This is a set of three Bakelite billiard balls, in its original wooden box. The balls were made by the Hyatt-Burroughs Billiard Ball Co. of Newark, N.J. The date of manufacture is unknown. The label on the box states that "Bakelite Billiard balls are of the same resilience as the best ivory balls. 2-3/8 inch balls weigh exactly seven ounces, are of exact diameter, are perfectly and permanently round and balanced, unaffected by climactic conditions, and are practically indestructible."
Object Name
billiard balls
Billiard and Cue Balls
date made
after 1907
after 1910
invented hyatt billiard ball
Hyatt, John Wesley
patentee of bakelite
Baekeland, L. H.
maker
Hyatt-Burroughs Billiard Ball Company
Physical Description
plastic, resin, bakelite (balls material)
wood (container material)
cardboard (container material)
Measurements
box: 79 mm x 89 mm x 214 mm; 3 1/8 in x 3 1/2 in x 8 7/16 in
Place Made
United States: New Jersey, Newark
ID Number
1981.0976.01
catalog number
1981.0976.01
accession number
1981.0976
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Exhibition
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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