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English, circa 1900-1910
Box size: Length 18.5” (47cm) Width 7.5” (19cm) Depth 3.25” (8cm)
Stock No. 9842
In an interview with ‘The Echo' in 1901, John Jaques 111 claimed that a James Devonshire applied for a patent for the game of ‘table tennis’ in October 1885, although the application was abandoned in 1887. Thereafter, it is possible that Jaques bought the idea from Devonshire, as they registered their own version in 1891. The game used either a cork or rubber ball until 1900, when the perfect ball made of celluloid was invented. from thereon it gained huge popularity. It was the noise of the celluloid ball on the vellum drum bats that created the ‘ping-pong’ sound. Called ‘Gossima’ the game eventually became known as ‘Ping Pong’. In association with Hamleys, Parker bros. of Salem, Mass USA were to register the trademark No. 36854 in 1901.