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Used in playing the game of Pallone Col Bracciale. The top and base impressed with numerous marks resembling a shuttlecock and with the words ‘Cariolo Giuseppi in Sacill’ to the top
Late 17th – Early 18th century
Size: 22cm high, 20cm dia. – 8½ ins high, 8 ins dia.
The game was particularly popular from the mid 16th century when its first official regulations were invented by Antonio Scaino from Salō, to around 1910 when Italian professional players of pallone con bracciale were the richest top paid sportsmen in the world.
Four versions of the game are now played across Europe, the USA and Argentina with a smaller modern hard rubber ball and a lighter Bracciale.