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Find the Age of an Antique Pool Table

Find the Age of an Antique Pool Table

I'm trying to find out the age of an antique pool table.

There are no tags on this pool table.

Your help would be appreciated.



This is what the legs look like:


Find the Age of an Antique Pool Table

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  1. William Fordbilliardsforum on 1/31/2020 2:04:45 PM

    The pool table in your photos is from between 1916 and 1919. It is a Brunswick Chateau pool table.


    From the Brunswick Balke Collender literature of the day:

    Brunswick Chateau Pool Table

    • Color Options: No. 6 Medium Golden Oak, No. 2 Stock Mahogany
    • Size Options:
      • 8 Home options (44" x 88" Playfield), Weight (lbs):1380
      • 9 Pro options (50" x 100" Playfield) - Weight (lbs):1538
      • 10 Foot options (56" x 112" Playfield) - Weight (lbs):1825

    From the 1916 Brunswick Balke Collender "Billiard Book" catalog:

    The Chateau design will at once appeal to those roomkeepers who appreciate the advantages of having furniture built with flat surfaces which are proof against dust accumulations. The Chateau is protected by design patent and is strictly up-to-date. Furnished in carom and with pockets. Manufactured under various patents granted from 1900 to 1916.

    Is also available as a combination table.

    • Wood and Finish: Furnished in quarter-sawed oak and Mahogany. The oak is finished in our No. 6 medium or golden color, The mahogany is finished in our regular No. 2 stock mahogany color with white holly inlay with black border. The finish is what is known as rubbed and polished finish. After being given the ordinary cabinet finish it is hand rubbed to a dull lustre, which can be more easily kept clean than any other furniture finish.
    • Construction: This table has what is known in our factory as the jumbo framework, which means that it is unusually heavy and has enormous carrying weight. The top of the side and end sections are 8 /12" across, gradually tapering to 1 3/4" at the bottom, with the sides and ends 16" high. Both sides veneered. It is also provided with double cross stretchers, reinforced at end with blocks 8 1/4" long by 1 3/4" thick by 14" wide stretched to side frame. Both of the side stretchers are secured by 6" bolts to the reinforcing bocks, making an extraordinary strong bridge work. The sides are attached to the head blocks formed by the corner legs and secured thereto by 3/4" hardwood dowels reinforced by one 8" frame bolt countersunk in 2 1/4" blocks glued to the side fences. The table is built in sections and can be taken apart for K. D. shipment. Legs are 8 1/2" square, tongued and grooved compound construction, reinforced by corner blocks, double cross veneered inside and out and rigidly built into end framework of body. The wood construction is all of the very best quality, cabinet made, and put together in a most thorough manner. All joints made close and secure and all mitres absolutely accurate. Joints are tongued and grooved, strongly doweled and glued firmly together. All corners and edges made perfectly smooth and true.
    • Cushion Rails: 1 3/4" thick x 3 3/8". Rail with facing complete 2 1/4" x 4 1/8". Compound construction built up of various kinds of hard woods of different grain to insure strength and prevent the wood being affected by climatic conditions. Invisible cushion bolts covered by what is known as blind cushion rails built up in 5-ply thicknesses placed in an alternate run of grain, with fancy figured veneer on the exterior. Cap rails 7/8" thick x 2 7/8" hardwood covered with rosewood 1 1/4" thick. Solid rosewood corners. Ivory diamond sights. Inlaid with metal fancy name plate. 8 rail bolts on sides and 4 on each end of 4 1/2 x 9' table.
    • Slate Bed: Good quality Vermont, 3 pieces to the set. The joints are made with brass dowels and sockets with no screw holes in playing surface. Thickness of slate 1". Wood reinforcing frame 1 1/8" thick. Wood trim for pocket openings.
    • Cushions: The cushions furnished with this table, unless otherwise specified, are our celebrated Match Game perfect angle Monarch. These cushions are made in our own rubber plant at Muskegon, Michigan from a secret formula which the chemists of rival concerns have never been able to master. Our guarantee as to their accuracy of angle, speed and durability is evidenced by the name plate countersunk in the top of the cushion rail.
    • Pockets: The pocket irons are the No. 6 style. Black leather reinforced at point of contact for extra durability. Best quality red trimming leather and green fringe. No. 10 best quality green worsted or Longfellow leather pockets, as may be preferred.

    Another example of the Brunswick Chateau pool table with different wood type and stain:


  2. William FordWilliam Ford on 1/31/2020 4:11:34 PM

    Thank you very much for the information greatly appreciated only difference is ours was return not drop pockets

  3. William Fordbilliardsforum on 1/31/2020 4:19:24 PM

    Yes, there was likely different versions available, and not all would have been photographed for catalogs and brochures back in those days.

    Glad to have helped.

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Find the Age of an Antique Pool Table

  • Title: Find the Age of an Antique Pool Table
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  • Published: 1/29/2020 11:08:26 AM
  • Last Updated: 1/31/2020 2:09:48 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)