Bakelite bagatelle

Christmas is nearly upon us. It’s the season for games to appear and in our household we are not short of them. One of them is the game bagatelle – the sort of basic pinball where you push a ball up a slot onto a sloping table which is well equipped with pots to catch the ball (to score points) and nails for it to bounce off. The aim, of course, is to get a high score.

Our bagatelle board would once have been equipped with a spring loaded pusher, but we bought it at a jumble sale and so we just use a stick to push the balls (which are ball bearings. The board is made of a green coloured Bakelite.

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Some of the printed score labels have worn away so we have had to use stick on paper labels. This is what a one ball sized pot should look like.

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That little cup scores you 60 points.

This board was made by a company called Napro Productions

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The best date I can find for these games is mid-20th century. Does anybody know better?

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