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19th c. Hand Carved Lingum Vitae Bowling Ball c.1800s

$225

ABOUT

An original hand carved Victorian bowling ball made of extremely hard Lingum Vitae wood.

  • CREATOR Unknown.
  • DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1800s.
  • MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Lignum Vitae.
  • CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • DIMENSIONS Diameter: 7 in.

HISTORY

Lignum vitae is a wood known in parts of Europe known as Pockholz or pokhout. The trees are indigenous to the Caribbean and the northern coast of South America (e.g: Venezuela) and have been an important export crop to Europe since the beginning of the 16th century. The wood was once very important for applications requiring a material with its extraordinary combination of strength, toughness and density. It is also the national tree of the Bahamas, and the Jamaican national flower

 

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