A pair of antique crown green bowls. These are made of "lignum vitae" ("wood of life") and the silver plaques are hallmarked 1903. The balls were a gift to Mr Robert Miller who won the 1903 bowling season at the Kilmalcolm Bowling Club. The balls were presented by Mr D Crawford and have hallmarks of the Scottish Bowling Association which was established in 1893. Bowls ( The Woods ) - historians believe that the game developed from the Egyptians. One of their pastimes was to play skittles with round stones. This has been determined based on artefacts found in tombs dating circa 5,000 B.C. The sport spread across the world and took on a variety of forms, Bocce (Italian), Bolla (Saxon), Bolle (Danish), Boules (French) and Ula Maika (Polynesian). Lawn bowls are not spherical; they are shaped on one side such that they follow a curved track to the jack. They carry a mark to indicate to which side the bias is applied. The bowls can be delivered on the "forehand" or the "backhand" depending on the player?s preference or where bowls that have already been played are located. They are an attractive decoration and could even be useful as doorstops. Measurements: Each bowl weight 3lbs ( approx 1.4kgs )
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