Although likely derived from a 1300s French mallet game, croquet became an immensely popular outdoor English social pastime in the Victorian era. Like most Victorian traditions, playing croquet spread to America in the mid-1800’s. Since playing the game outdoors was dependent on the weather, a smaller tabletop version was developed for days with inclement weather. The tabletop model guaranteed one could always enjoy a rousing game of croquet.
Yellow Garage dealer Critter Run Antiques presents a Boxwood No. A Table Croquet set in its original wooden case. The design and construction of the box and the lead weights on the wire gates likely date the set to the late Victorian era when croquet was still a popular pastime. The set appears to be complete with all its pieces. It has age and use appropriate wear but is in very good presentation condition as evidenced by the pictures. All the pieces fit into the wood box which measures 14 3\4 “ long X 6” deep X 3” high. The box has a rich age enhanced patina and is fastened with period hook and eye closures. This lovely tabletop croquet set in its original wooden box will certainly interest any serious collector of early table games.
Antique Boxwood No. A Table Croquet Set with Original Wood Box