While visiting our daughter in North Carolina, we ran across someone who had a vintage 6-player croquet set for sale for just a few dollars. As the photos below show, it has been completely restored. All components (except the balls) were stripped down to bare wood or metal, sanded, primed, and then painted with four coats of enamel spray paint for color areas and three coats of polyurethane clear on the natural finish portions. The balls would have been too difficult to get to bare wood, so I sanded down to the point where the paint was stable and strongly adhered to the underlying wood. The two end pegs were fabricated from new wood because there was only one original and I wanted them to look alike (same size and color pattern as original).
The finished croquet set looks amazing. An Internet search on this particular set did not turn up an exact match for the paint scheme, and is seem like there was quite a wide variety of placements and numbers of color rings. The wheeled cart appears to be fairly rare on this set. There is not manufacturer name on it, but it looks like the South Bend variety sold in the 1960s and 1970s. I did all the work myself, and spent way too much time on it, especially since we ended up selling the set before playing even one game on it.
Melanie holds a yardstick next to the restored 6-player South Bend croquet set.
Left-front view of restored South Bend 6-player croquet set.
Rear view of South Bend 6-player croquet set before restoration.
Paint has been stripped from all wood and metal parts.
Right-rear view of restored South Bend 6-player croquet set.
Left-front view of South Bend 6-player croquet set before restoration.
Posted August 23, 2019