Snooker / Billiard Balls
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Thurston's took control of the Belgium firm of Van Laere there were still partially turned ivory balls in the factory together with a French lathe for turning them (a similar lathe, found in Ashcroft’s is in the collection). The manager of Van Laere passed on the information that to produce the best Billiard Balls (European Billiards in his case), the balls should be turn significantly oversize 62.5mm and left for a period of 6/12 months. Then they would be turned again and left and eventually they would be turned to the finished size with the whole process taking a number of years.