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TitleBilliard Balls
Object NameBilliard Balls
Manufactured ByAlbany Billiard Ball Company
DescriptionSixteen Cellulose Nitrate billiard balls in billiard ball packaging. It is doubtful that the box and all the balls are original to each other." John Wesley Hyatt (1837-1920) was the inventor of the celluloid-composite billiard ball, patented in 1865 as a substitute for traditional ivory billiard balls. The Albany Billiard Ball Company was founded by Hyatt to produce the Hyatt "composition" ball, with a celluloid base, which was widely used at the turn of the 20th century but never entirely successful. It was eventually replaced by balls made out of synthetic resins. Before 1906 Hyatt’s company also made balls for Brunswick, which eventually became the leader in the production of synthetic balls.
Dimensions9 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. (24.8 x 24.8 x 6.4 cm)
Date Manufactured1870-1910
MaterialCellulose Nitrate
Number of Objects17
Accession Number2003.601
DonorGift of National Plastics Center.
Broad SubjectToys and Games
SubjectsGames/game pieces
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