Lawn bowl, used by Major Benjamin Wardill
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Dark brown lignum vitae (heavy, dense wood) lawn bowl with scrimshaw design on ivory discs. The disc inside the inner grip rings features a number 3 with black circular borders. The maker's mark T.TAYLOR and GLASGOW are stamped, respectively, above and below this disc and inside of the inner circle (although faded); the bias of the bowl, number 3, is also stamped below the disc; there are two barely visible stamps of the VBA also incised within this circle although only the year 1908 can be made out below one. The larger disc inside the inner rings of the outer grip rings features the initial W (standing for the owner Major Ben Wardill), surrounded by a decorative black rim and showing the grain of the ivory. Another VBA stamp is visible at the edge of this disc, below which a year has also been impressed, possibly 1920. The number 614 has also been stamped directly below the disc. The central strip of the bowl reveals the original lighter-coloured wood grain beneath the polish which seems to have rubbed away through use. Used circa 1900.
0 - Whole: H: 115 W: 124 D: 124mm (H: 4 1/2 W: 4 7/8 D: 4 7/8")
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