A Good Pair of Antique 19th Century Hobnail Studded Wooden Balls
'Pétanque à Clous' for the game 'Jeu provençal' or 'Boules Lyonnaises'
With copper buttons stamped 'CD'
Iron Studded Hardwood
French, Circa 1890's
9.5 cm diameter
A good antique pair of large-size nail-studded pétanque balls (pétanque à clous) for the game 'Jeu provençal' or 'Boules Lyonnaises', dating to the late 19th Century. The game 'Jeu provençal' is the earlier version of modern 'Pétanque' which was codified in 1907/1910
The wooden core studded with iron hobnails, each with a copper button stamped with the original owner's initials 'CD', to help them identify their balls in play. Large, heavy and distinctive pieces, filled with character.
The pair in very good, characterful condition. The iron rusted, the copper buttons oxidised to green.
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