Our primary full-size Table Skittles game is lovingly hand-made by a traditional craftsperson from solid Oak. Suitable for pubs, competitions and connoisseurs, the surface is green baize and on one side is set a cribbage board for keeping score. The skittles and ball are turned in beautiful Beech and Holly while the chain, handle and fittings are all made from solid brass.
By itself the board is a work of art but just as importantly, the table optionally features the much sought-after cord skittle return. That's right - just pull on the cord adjacent to the skittles and they are all pulled back to the vertical in exactly the right position. Resetting the skittles can be a drag so this time-saver is guaranteed to enhance your enjoyment of what is already a great game.
The fact that the skittles are secured with the cord also prevents them being removed which is useful where the game will be used in public areas.
The board is supplied with instructions and brass cribbage pegs for keeping score. It packs flat into a box and has a handle for ease of transport. No tropical hardwoods are used in the making of this board. Dimensions are 905 x 605 x 75mm (36 x 24 x 2 inches) with a pole that is 120cm (4ft) high.
Masters Games strives to find you the finest example of each game that is available and this product exemplifies this. No short cuts; just quality craftmanship - a game to be passed down the generations.Hand-made in Britain
Hand made Oak Table Skittles (without cord skittle return)
Hand made Oak Table Skittles with cord skittle return
Skittles or Nine Pins as played on an alley is still one of the most popular pub games and is the ancestor of a number of games including ten-pin bowling. However, it does take up a lot of space and so it's no surprise that miniaturised versions of the pastime eventually started to appear.
Just like alley skittles itself, different miniaturised versions of the game are particular to certain regions of Britain - Hood skittles is popular in and around Northamptonshire whereas Daddlums has only ever been found in Kent. But the most popular and well known table-top version of Skittles pictured above, was invented sometime in the 18th century. Known variously as Table Skittles, Bar Skittles and Pub Skittles it also goes by the name "Devil amongst the Tailors". The latter name came about in the year 1783 during which the Theatre Royal, Haymarket ran a play that, for some reason, offended the tailoring profession so much that a group of tailors and theatre-goers rioted at the theatre one day. This upset caused the Dragoons to be summoned to restore public order and, upon arrival, the Dragoons were reported to have ploughed through the rioting tailors like a wooden ball through table skittles. And the game has been known as "Devil amongst the Tailors" ever since.
To prepare each nine miniature pins are positioned on a small platform within the square game board. In the corner of the board, stands a pole with a ball suspended by a chain from its top. The ball is swung around the pole in such a way that upon its return, it ploughs through nine skittles on a platform. Aside from the equipment and the location on a table top, the rules are pretty much the same as skittles with the maximum theoretical score in one turn being 27 points. As with several pub games, scoring is often performed on a cribbage board.