Brass quoits

A dictionary offers only minimal help in understanding what Joyce may have meant in Calypso by referring to "the loose brass quoits" of the Blooms' bed. His usage appears to be metaphorical, evoking some feature of the bedposts by comparing them to the iron rings of a horseshoes-like game played throughout the British Isles, often in pub settings.

JH 2020

Ball finial on the post of a Victorian brass bed. Source unknown.

Quoits lodged in clay near the stake. Source: www.mashamsportsassociation.co.uk.

Brass bed finial washer. Source: www.houseofantiquehardware.com.

Brass bed post cap, 1.5" diameter. Source: www.goodsandchattels.com.