Billiard Balls

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
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.
Hyatt-Burroughs Billiard Ball Company
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
Place Made
United States: New Jersey, Newark
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Sports & Leisure
Industry & Manufacturing
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Union Carbide Corporation

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