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These bowling pins would have been known as "Nine Pins". A common way of playing Nine Pins would have been to put eight pins in a circle around the slightly fancier pin (with a line etched around the head in this example). Each player rolls twice per turn, acquiring points as long as the center pin stands. It should be the last to fall. Should it fall too soon, a player loses their points and starts again.


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Bowling pins

process/materials   wood
item type   Personal Items/Toy
accession #   #1999.13.512

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