"Great Match 1871" trunk
Painted pine; iron fittings
"THE BILLIARD ROOM / Of The / Garrick Club / 'THE GREAT MATCH 1871'" (painted on front side)
The trunk is painted with a fanciful depiction of what the Billiard Room would have looked like in 1871. Although it depicts a billiard room with two tables the minutes of the General Committee for 1 January 1881 confirm that it was only in that year that it was agreed to add a second table to the Billiard Room, ensuing in its enlargement by subsuming the adjacent Steward's bedroom. The scene must be treated as a fabrication.