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Nailed Boules & Antique Bocce


The pictures below are of "nailed boules". Herbert Wegner's web site displays a beautiful collection of them as well as details on how these individual nails of brass and copper were used to create great art. Click the image below to visit:
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/herbert.wegner/ - but please check out these photos first...
There are some "must see" pages with spectacular images on Wagner's site. The excellent, well-crafted website gives details of the history of this fascinating part of bocce's past. "Different nails" outlines the various nailing techniques. "BOULES" displays images of 80 magnificent nailed boules. "Old pictures+cards" highlights postcard/picture reproductions that positively enthrall. {Click the image below to visit...}

NAILED BOULES

NAILED BOULES

NAILED BOULES

NAILED BOULES

NAILED BOULES

NAILED BOULES

NAILED BOULES
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NAILED BOULES

NAILED BOULES

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Unidentified Bocce Balls


These photos were submitted by Chris Payer who asks for help re: info about them. "I am hoping you can help me with some history on a set of vintage bocce balls. They are made from a nice reddish-patina Quebracho wood and are branded in black with the words 'Italy' or 'US'."


"The style of the 'US' branding looks like it could be 19th century Civil War era. The set totals 19 balls (two sets of eight, with one smaller ball and 3 extras that look drilled and then filled). The wood shows wonderful patina. But I am not certain of age."


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My thoughts are that it could be from a sports competition representing the United States team; or used by United States Military soldiers; or perhaps as part of the 1896 first Bocce Olympiad in Athens, Greece, or perhaps used in one year of the Bocce World Championships that began in 1947; or the fabled George Washington Mt Vernon set?"


"Also note the emblem above the word Quebracho on the Q ball picture (it looks a bit like a griffin or eagle)?

I would be grateful for any information you may have on age, use, history or any other person/organization that may be able to help me in my inquiry. Note: The balls are branded with 'US' and then they say in small letters 'Made in Italy'. They are not also branded with 'Italy' in the same size as 'US'."




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