An early rare family of skittle characters, complete with their bowling ball and drawstring bag. They’re woodwool-stuffed, and stand 13 cms (5″) high on their card-lined bases. Made of brushed cotton, the seven Skittles have shoebutton eyes and felt ears. All but two of them still have an embroidered nose and mouth.
One of the blue skittles has lost his tail, otherwise they’re in good original condition, though they’re all mostly faded and show overall ‘fur’ loss. Also, some of the Skittles have patches of discolouration. Their ball is stuffed with woodwool, and likewise showing surface wear.
Nevertheless, the Skittles are very engaging characters, with a great sense of humour.
Bowling is one of the most popular sports in the world. A British anthropologist discovered in the 1930s a collection of objects in a child’s grave in Egypt, that appeared to him to be used for a crude form of bowling. This would date the sport to 3200 BC.
However, a German historian asserted that bowling began in his country about 300 AD. There’s substantial evidence that a form of bowling was in vogue in England in 1366, when King Edward III allegedly outlawed it, to keep his troops focused on archery practice!
Almost certainly during the reign of Henry VIII, bowling was a popular pastime. For more fascinating information about the history of the game visit www.bowlingmuseum.com
Meanwhile, the Skittle Family hope you’ll be bowled over by them!