Most of us know about lawn bowling, croquet and billiards but carpet bowling is an almost forgotten Victorian fad.


This popular game originated in Scotland and later England and finally crossed the Atlantic to Canada. At the height of their popularity in the late 19th century this indoor parlor game was often sponsored by churches as a social activity.


These large pottery spheres were made of fired clay and decorated in various patterns. Few have survived the rough treatment, as they were wacked and cracked and occasionally chipped.


The Bath Museum is privileged to have three such balls in our possession in good condition.