Billiard Balls

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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."
Currently not on view
Currently not on view
date made
after 1907
after 1910
invented hyatt billiard ball
Hyatt, John Wesley
patentee of bakelite
Baekeland, L. H.
Hyatt-Burroughs Billiard Ball Company
Place Made
United States: New Jersey, Newark
Physical Description
plastic, resin, bakelite (balls material)
wood (container material)
cardboard (container material)
box: 79 mm x 89 mm x 214 mm; 3 1/8 in x 3 1/2 in x 8 7/16 in
overall in cardboard box: 4 3/4 in x 10 7/8 in x 3 1/2 in; 12.065 cm x 27.6225 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Union Carbide Corporation
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Data Source
National Museum of American History