Dating billiard balls

17 Nov

Some of the more prevalent today and historically are (chronologically by apparent date of development): straight rail, cushion caroms, balkline, three-cushion billiards and artistic billiards.

There are many other carom billiards games, predominantly intermediary or offshoot games combining elements of those already listed, such as the champion's game, an intermediary game between straight rail and balkline, as well as games which are hybrids of carom billiards and pocket billiards, such as American four-ball billiards, and cowboy pool.

English billiards played on a snooker table was originally called the winning and losing carambole game, folding in the names of three predecessor games, the winning game, the losing game and the carambole game (an early form of straight rail), that combined to form it. It has been pegged variously as a shortening of the Spanish and Portuguese word carambola, or the French word carambole, which are used to describe the red object ball.

Some etymologists have suggested that carambola, in turn, was derived from a yellow-to-orange, tropical Asian fruit also known in Portuguese as a carambola (which was a corruption of the original name of the fruit, karambal in the Marathi language of India), Cloth has been used to cover billiards tables since the 15th century.

At the start of the game, all the numbered balls are racked together at the edge of the table and a player has to break it which is hit all the numbered ball with the cue ball with the hopes of pocketing one or more.A dramatic double pedestal lends a contemporary look to a traditional design.The slightly distressed finish, mother-of-pearl rail sights, and graceful sweeping lines of the aprons give this table an artistic style that is fashioned to last.The predecessor company of the most famous maker of billiard cloth, Iwan Simonis, was formed in 1453.Most cloth made for carom billiards tables is a type of baize that is dyed green, and is made from 100% worsted wool, which provides a very fast surface allowing the balls to travel with little resistance across the table .