Lawn Bowling Trophy Methil, Scotland: 1905
Ebonized wood with silver plates
Displayed on a gilt bronze stand (optional)
5 inches diameter, ball
9 inches high, 4.75 inches diameter, stand
12.5 inches high, ball and stand, overall
Ball only: $400
Stand only: $250
Ball and stand together, special price, $550
Lawn bowling trophy with incised decoration and round inset silver engraved plates at either end. The larger silver plate on the bottom reads “Methil Bowling Club 1905. Presented by Wm. Mitchell Esq. President. Won by Robert Porteous.” The smaller plate on the top is engraved with the number “2” (either referring to the number of the ball in a set, or an award for 2nd place). Above and below the “2,” the ball itself is inscribed “R.G. Lawrie, Glasgow, Number 3 Bias, Scottish Bowling Association.” A 1906 record online at the Fife Cultural Trust lists a Robert Porteous in Methil, whose profession was bootmaker. The Methil Bowling Club is still in existence.
The ball is shown displayed on a continental 19th century gilt bronze remnant element (possibly from a lighting fixture), of Louis XVI style, in the form of bows holding festooned draped fabric swags, ending in tassels. Here it is alternatively used as a stand; the ball may be purchased with or without the stand, at prices shown above.
Condition: Ball generally very good with the usual light wear, abrasions, small cracks and chips. Bronze stand very good with light wear.
“Porteous, Robert (Bootmaker – Methil).” Fife Cultural Trust. 2017. https://www.onfife.com/porteous-robert-bootmaker-methil-1 (23 August 2017).