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Thomas Taylor

Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection

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Thomas Taylor

Bowls made at the the Richmond Street works of the the firm of Thomas Taylor, bowling green bowls manufacturer, illustrated in a 1937 trade catalogue. The bowls were made of lignum-vitae, a special wood obtainable only from the West Indies.

The company was the first to offer standard bias on bowls by creating the world's first bowl shaping machine. In the same year that the shaping machine was invented and patented - 1871 - Thomas Taylor Bowls also constructed the first bowls testing table, using a slate base similar to a billiards table and covering it in felt and canvas.

In 1928 the newly formed International Bowling Board adopted the Scottish Bowling Association's rules of the game and the Thomas Taylor standard bowl as the minimum bias bowl for all international matches.

Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 338.76887631 TAY

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Archives

Keywords:
bias, bowl shaping machines, bowling, bowling green bowls manufacturers, bowls, bowls testing tables, International Bowling Board, lawn bowls, lignum-vitae, Scottish Bowling Association, Thomas Taylor (Bowls) Ltd, trade catalogues, wood turning



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