To restore or not restore an antique crokinole board
2006-12-09 19:23:44 GMT
I posted this question on BoardGameGeek.com today and someone there
suggested I join this grouop and post the question here as more of you
might be able to help me.
Here's my question:
Octavian's posting about his new crokinole board for Christmas got me
thinking about a present for my mother for Christmas. She owns an
antique crokinole board that belonged to her great-grandmother. It is
a Ross board with a metal medal in the center that dates it to 1880. I
have not seen it for several years, but I do believe it has all the
pieces and the original rule book in an original box. There is even a
tally of a game between my great-grandmother and my great-uncle
written on the back of the rules.
I found partial pictures of one like it on this website:
It is currently not in playable condition because the rubber bumpers
are all either hardened from age or completely disintegrated. I
believe all the screws that that held them are still there. Also the
finish on it has that crackled appearance so prized on antique
furniture, but perhaps not that great as a playing surface. Although,
when I flicked a couple of pieces across it when I saw the board last
time they moved pretty darned fast and straight.
I would love to refurbish this board as a present for my mom for
Christmas. I know the last time she played this game was with her
mother who died in the late 1940's and her brother who died this past
I know I can't refinish it in time for Christmas and I am uncertain if
I even should. But can I get replacement rubber bumpers anywhere?
Does anyone have any ideas about the value of such a thing and if
refinishing it would change that. I assume replacing the bumpers would
do little to harm it.
I would love to give her a little box of bumpers for the board that
would bring this game and the fond memories she has of playing with it
back to her.
Any help or advice would really be appreciated.