Where did Pitchnut Come From?

Good question. That's what I'd like to know. Here's what I do know. My grandfather, Louis Blain, who was born in Quebec and moved to E. Hartford, CT, had a pitchnut board. His cousin, Harvey Martineau, who lived in Hartford, also had one. The two boards were reunited after at least 20 years in September '06. When and where those boards were built is unkown.

The closest thing to a pitchnut board I have seen is "archarena," which was patented in the United States in 1893, in Peoria, Ill. It is the only board game that has posts in front of the pockets and posts in the center. I have been unable to find any rules for this game.

Archarena: Looks like pitchnut, doesn't it? Around the turn of the century, the Carrom company bought the Archarena Company. Apparently Carrom-Archarena stopped making. According to Wayne Kelly, Archarena may have been an attempt to combine crokinole, pichenotte, checkers, backgammon and other games onto one board.

American Carrom: The second cousin to pitchnut. A wooden game expert in Ithaca, NY thought that my grandfather's board was an attempt to make a hand-crafted combination board. Regardless, the game had evolved from