This week’s article has nothing to do with curling in The Motor City. I would like to share the story of a couple of curling stones in my collection.
Weight 39 pounds, 10 inches in diameter and 8 inches tall. They are single soled with a flat running surface. The drawer-pull or looped handles are brass, as is the identification tag under the handle. The tags read:
“Presented to James Boyd Esq. Dunblane Feb 3rd 1845”.
Years ago I contacted the Dunblane CC in Scotland. They confirmed that James Boyd had been a member in the 1840’s and that he had served has their representative to the Royal Caledonian Curling Club. This year I contacted Bob Cowan (co-author of: The Curling History Blog – click here). He supplied the newspaper article shown below.
I found them in an old barn of an antique dealer south of Indianapolis. I paid $100 for the pair in about 1985. 1854 to 1985 – 131 years! I wondered where else they stopped along their journey.
Good curling, Angus