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The Quoit Master's Collection of Metal Quoits

Troy Frey, aka The Quoit Master by some of his fellow pitchers, has been collecting sets of metal quoits since 1995.  He has been able to obtain some interesting and unusual quoits quoits for his small but very heavy(!) collection.

This is an overview of the quoit sets in my collection.  I have photographed one quoit from each 4-quoit set, to best illustrate differences in size and appearance. The exception is the Baseball Quoit in the lower right corner - I only have this single quoit from that set.  In the photo, the quoits are arranged from heaviest to lightest in weight, from top left to bottom right. Notice that inside and outside diameters of each quoit are not always proportional to its weight.  Thickness, shape, amount of concavity on bottom, and the type of metal all contribute to the quoit's final dimensions. For  example, the red quoit at bottom left and the little white quoit next to it are both made of iron and  both weigh 2 1/2 pounds, but they are very much different in size because the white one is much taller in height than the red one.   And, the big silver quoit to the right of them only weights 1 pound, because it is made of aluminum!  

The Baseball Quoit from 1924 is a real oddity - It not only has the center hole for a ringer, but also has 4 indentations on the outside edge that can also ring the pin like a Horseshoe, numbered 1, 2, 3, and 4.  A close-up of this quoit is at the bottom of this page.  I do not know how this  version of quoits was actually played - perhaps the center hole counts 5 points in that game?   

 

      
These two photos show top and bottom views of a pair of 4 pound quoits I obtained from the Flury Foundry in Lancaster, PA, still connected to the "gate" from their casting.  The vertical shaft at the far right is where the molten brass was poured into the casting - the quoits are oriented face-down when they are cast, in order to make a better path for the brass to flow completely into.


BRONZE, Set of 4, Unpainted "A" and "B", Recessed lettering

4 Pound rated weight; 4 lbs - 8 oz. actual weight

6 1/2" diameter,  3" hole,  7/8" height

4 pound Bronze quoits are the heaviest set of quoits I own, being actually 4 1/2 pounds in weight. These were bought new off-the-shelf at the Ephrata East End Mart, and are my current set of pitching quoits.  Bronze quoits are similar in price or slightly higher than brass quoits, costing around $70 per set of 4.  

 

 

 

 

IRON, Set of 4, Painted gold "A" and black "B", Raised lettering

Raised USQA lettering on top of each quoit

4 Pound rated weight; 4 lbs - 1 oz. actual weight

6 3/8" diameter,  2 7/8" hole,  1" height

Note the Raised "USQA" and "A" and "B" lettering on top of quoit.  These are the Official USQA quoits specially made for the first annual USQA World Quoit Championship in 2003.  They were cast in Iron by a foundry in Boyertown, PA by special order, and these are one of only 50 sets made for the event.  These quoits remain unused and hopefully will become a rare collector's item some day!


 

 

 

POLISHED BRASS(!), Set of 4, "A" and "B" Recessed lettering

4 Pound rated weight; 4 lbs - 1 oz. actual weight, each

 

6 3/8" diameter,  2 15/16" hole,  7/8" height

 

Wow!  These very shiny, highly-polished brass quoits were made specifically as collector's items and were sold by the Ephrata East End Mart in 2003.  They only ordered 4 sets polished like this, and had them available for sale in their store during most of the year.  These quoits are strictly for display and will never be pitched!  

 

 

 


 

BRONZE, Set of 4, Unpainted "A" and "B", Recessed lettering

3 Pound rated weight; 3 lbs - 4 oz. actual weight, each

 6 5/16" diameter,  2 7/8" hole,  7/8" height

At the time I purchased these in 2002, Bronze quoits were not very common and were still a special order item from the East End Mart.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRASS, Set of 4, Unpainted "A" and "B", Recessed lettering

3 Pound rated weight; 3 lbs - 1 oz. actual weight, each

5 7/8" diameter,  2 11/16" hole,  1" height

(Note dings from hitting the pins and each other over years of use)

Brass quoits do not rust, but the soft metal does dent easily.  These had been my primary throwing quoits until I purchased the bronze quoits above. The denting of the surface has been enough that I have had to re-carve the letters into the top of each quoit multiple times so they can still be read.  

 

 

 

 

STEEL, Set of 4, Unpainted "A" and "B", Recessed lettering

Flush-Raised number 3 weight marking on top of quoit

3 Pound rated weight ; 2 lbs - 15 oz. actual weight, each

6 5/16" diameter,  2 7/8" hole,  7/8" height

Steel is still the most popular Quoit by far, inexpensive and durable.  This set of quoits has now been spray-painted with official John Deere Yellow and John Deere Green paint, as seen in the photos on the home page of this web site.  Before being painted, these bare steel quoits would rust over time and would need cleaned with a wire-wheel to stay new-looking.

 



 

ALUMINUM, Set of 4, Unpainted "A" and "B", Recessed lettering

NO rated weight; 1 lb. - 2 oz. Actual Weight, Each

 6 1/4" diameter,  2 7/8" hole,  7/8"  height

These Quoits are NOT of regulation weight, and were specially-made for the owner of the East End Mart as a curiosity, who then sold them to me; only this one set was made.  I like to hand a set of heavy quoits to someone unsuspecting, so they can feel their weight, then hand them this set and watch them almost throw them over their heads as they tense-up their arm muscles thinking the quoits are as heavy as the first set!  

 

 

 

 

SOFT IRON, Set of 4, Unpainted,  "A" and "B" raised lettering

3 Pound rated weight, 3 lbs - 1 oz. actual weight, each

6 7/16" diameter,  3" hole,  15/16" height

Bought used by my Great Grandfather about 1930.  This was the first set of quoits I came into possession of, finding them stored away in my Great-Grandfather's garage shortly after I was introduced to the game of quoits by my next-door neighbor.  These are made of a distinctively different material than any of the other quoits I own, and have a very dull sound to them when struck together.

 

 

 

 

 

IRON, set of 4, painted, silver "A" and Red "B", Flush-raised lettering 

3 1/2 Pounds rated weight, 3 lbs - 12 oz. actual weight, each

6 " diameter,  2 5/8" hole,  7/8" height

These quoits have the 3 1/2 pound markings on the top of each quoit

Commercially manufactured, age unknown

Bought at Antique Barn in Mount Joy, PA, 1997

 

 

 

 

 


IRON, set of 4, painted, silver "A" and Red "B", Flush-raised lettering 

3 Pounds rated, 3 lbs - 3 oz. actual weight, each

5 3/4" diameter,  2 1/2" hole,  1" height

Rather than having a smooth, concave underside, these quoits have two stepped surfaces on the underside,  making the quoit higher near the center and lower towards the outside.  There is a very small, 1/8" high number "3" in raised lettering on the bottom of these quoits denoting the weight.  

 

 

 


 

BRASS, Set of 4, Unpainted "0" and "1" quoits

3 Pound rated weight; 3 lbs - 1 oz. actual weight, each

6 1/8" diameter,  2 7/8" hole,  3/4" height

These unusual brass quoits use the number "0" and "1" for identification rather than the standard "A" and "B" markings.   These quoits are fairly flat and have a thin squared-off edge on the outside diameter.  

 

 

 

 

IRON, set of 4, painted red I and Black II marked on UNDERSIDE

3 Pound rated weight; 3 lbs - 2 oz. actual weight, each

6" diameter,  2 5/8" hole,  7/8" height

Another unusual set of quoits have the markings "l" and "ll" on the underside for identification, and are still showing some signs of red and black paint to tell them apart.  These quoits are very rounded on their topsides.  The hash lines underneath do not seem to be the optimal way to mark the quoits, since you would need to pull them out of the clay to see who's quoits are who's.  Red and black paint on these was a necessity on these quoits for identification while still lying in the clay!

 

 

 

 

IRON, painted, Yellow "A" and Black "B"  raised lettering  

3 Pounds rated weight, 2 lbs - 12 oz. actual weight, each

5 3/4" diameter,  2 1/2" hole,  7/8" height

Number "3" etched in bottom of quoits to denote weight. age Unknown

Bought at Antique Barn in Mount Joy, PA, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

IRON, painted, Black "A" and Red "B" flush-raised lettering

2 1/2 Pounds rated, 2 lbs - 8 oz. actual weight, each

5 3/4" diameter,  2 1/2" hole,  7/8" height

Notice the "A" is actually cast upside down so it's top faces outward. Age Unknown

Bought at Flea Market in Landisville, PA in 1996

 

 

 

 

 

 

IRON, painted, Red "A" and Silver "B", flush-raised lettering

2 1/2 Pounds rated, 2 lbs - 8 oz. actual weight, each

 5 1/8" diameter,  2" hole,  7/8" height

These are the smallest set of quoits I have in my collection, but I have seen even smaller quoits than these!  The hole in this quoit is not much bigger than the pin, so it would be extremely hard to toss ringers using these!   

 

 

 

 

 

 

IRON,  Single Quoit, Unpainted "A" and "B" raised lettering

"Porters Baseball Lawn Quoit Game, Pat Apld for 1924 Aurora Ill."

1 Pound rated, 1 Pound actual weight

5 1/4" diameter,  1 1/2" hole,  1/4" height

This is a very unusual and interesting quoit that I have no information on and have never seen anywhere else.  It has 4 indentations on its edge that fit around a pin like a mini-horseshoe, numbered 1, 2, 3, and 4.  Would those be the number of runs to score, and if so, what would the center hole score?  If anyone has seen a quoit like this or know how it is played, please let us know!