I am in my seventies and was brought up with a Bagatelle, probably a Jaques, made I think from mahogany. I have just bought a Jaques 'grand' Bagatelle for my grandsons' Christmas present. I see that it was made in China. The wood is of course not mahogany and the surround appears to be bent plywood. The varnish finish is coarse and the gold numbering transfers faint, in several places applied crooked. The spring loaded knob is far too strong with a short length of travel - a combination that makes it difficult for the player to use any skill. The cue type pusher that I remember of old would be much better. The cardboard box is handsome but unfortunately the word 'supplied' is spelled wrong, giving a very negative first impression.
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