The Game of
Developed in the 14th century from a lawn game
similar to Croquet, the first mentioning of Billiards was found in the 1470
inventory of Louis IX, King of France.
Over time, Billiards evolved to an indoors game and
became popular among European nobility and commoners alike. The body of Mary,
Queen of Scots was even wrapped in the cover of her beloved Billiard table in
1586. By mid 1600, table versions similar to today’s tables first appeared. By
the 1850’s the game had spread across all the continents.
The word Billiard is believed to have derived from
either the French term Billart or Billette (meaning stick) or Bille (for
The two main varieties of Billiard are Carom (or
Carambolage) and Pool Billiard. While a Carom table has no pockets, a Pool table
has 6 pockets or ‘pools’.
Eight-Ball, also called ‘Stripes and Solids’, a
variety of Pool Billiard, was invented in early 1900 and is today the world’s
most popular cue sport.
THE LIMITED EDITION
These Eight-Ball pipes have been specifically created
and manufactured to celebrate the tradition of Gentlemen’s Gamesmanship.
The Eight-Ball pipe is a very elegant group 4 size;
specially turned for this edition, the bowls are a non-standard shape with their
spherical head being reminiscent of the curves of a Billiard ball. The black
finishes imitate the black Eight-Ball, the last ball to be potted to finish the
game. Each pipe is fitted with an elongated Sterling Silver Army mount and is
engraved ‘Eight Ball’.
The mouthpieces, manufactured from solid Cumberland
rods, are hand-shaped like modern Billiard cues and are evocative of the wood
the cues are made from. The long pipe tamper, also shaped from matching
Cumberland material, are miniature versions of Billiard cue rests, its foot and
iconic cross being made from finest Sterling Silver.
The highly collectable Eight-Ball pipes and tampers
are presented in a prestigious leather-bound book. Its front gives the birds-eye
perspective of a green-clothed Pool table. Each set is accompanied by its
numbered and hand-signed limited edition certificate.
This edition series is strictly limited to only 100
pipes in Black Briar and 100 pipes in Shell Briar finish.
World-wide launch September 2009
Subject ‘Eight-Ball’ Gentlemen’s
Pipe shape New shape specially
hand-turned for this edition
Finishes One smooth and one
sandblast finish: Black Briar and Shell Briar
Cumberland mouthpiece Traditional
army mouthpiece individually cut, shaped, finished and fitted from Cumberland
rod. The marbled Cumberland evokes similarity to both the wood grain of Billiard
cues / sticks and their shape
Size Gr. 4 - medium to large size
Sterling Silver Army Mount Sterling
Silver – 92.5% pure Silver Engraved with “Eight Ball”. ‘Army’ or ‘military’
mount gives the pipe stem increased robustness and always was a favourite with
the officers of the military forces; here elongated version for more elegant
Tamper A miniature version of a
Billiard cue rest Both the cross and the knob/foot are made from precious
Book case Prestigious leather-bound
presentation inspired by surface of Pool table
Limited Edition Exclusive &
collectable - only 100 pieces worldwide in Black Briar and in Shell Briar
Certificate Individually numbered
Copyright © 2009 by TECON GmbH
with friendly support of Alfred Dunhill LTD. London