(also called trucks
and lawn billiards
) is an English lawn game
played with balls
that remained popular through the Early modern period
to the early 20th century. It is a forerunner of croquet
and perhaps of cue sports
such as billiards.
Enquire Within Upon Everything, a "vast congregation of useful hints and receipts published in the Victorian era, describes the game thus:
The oldest name in English seems to be "trucks" or "truck" from the Italian trucco and Spanish troco meaning billiards. Troco was popular as a country house pastime in the 19th century. Under the name "lawn billiards", it appears as an alternative to croquet in a number of books of games and pastimes of the period. Troco was also played at pubs with large lawns, but apparently died out by the time of World War II.
- This article incorporates text from the 1894 edition of , a document in the public domain due to its age.
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