I just bought a old pool table on Craigslist and I'm trying to find some info on the make and background on it.
I don't have much to go off of, there's no listed name or make. The guy I bought it from had a company tell him its probably a Brunswick between 1895 - 1905.
Its an 8' 4-piece (2") slate pool table. The legs are not original and the guy had thought there's a decorative small skirt piece missing around the edge. The numbers 5203 are marked on the inside of the table.
There is a name plate that reads "Q Master Detroit" on the rail.
Any help is greatly appreciated!
Charles Schulenburg Billiard Table
An antique C. Schulenburg pool table found on craigslist in January 2018. This Charles Schulenburg pool table features detailed marquetry detail in the apron on all 4 sides. The stain colors and wood types used serve to showcase it wonderfully. Some pieces are missing (some detail below the apron, and the original legs), but the main frame and apron seem to be in great shape.
That is a great looking pool table. Love the room it is sitting in as well.
The name plate most certainly doesn't match the era of the pool table. It is off by about 50 years I would say. The "B" on the left is a Brunswick Billiards logo. They introduced this logo in the late 1950s or early 1960s. I don't know what "Q-Masters" is, but a guess would be that it was a large pool hall who had made orders of Brunswick pool tables large enough to allow them to request custom name plates. Again, I think this plate didn't originally belong to this table though.
I've looked through the Brunswick archives and couldn't find this particular marquetry pattern.
And a few questions:
Does it really have 2-inch thick slate (4 pieces)? Or was that a typo?
Can you make out the full word in the black stencils? "Rear" or "Head" perhaps?
It would be helpful to have a picture or two of the rails if you have them handy.
Brunswick round-head rail bolts would have been 14 threads per inch. That could be one indicator toward the brand name.
By the way, you can get the tool you need for those round-head rail bolts from amazon.com.
I suggest you email Ken Hash of Classic Billiards in Maryland and show him this post with all of the photos. If there is a guy who can help you ID this antique pool table, he is that guy. They specialize in antique Brunswick stuff, do tons of restoration work etc. He is always happy to help and provide free advice where he can. Probably one of the top pool table restoration shops in the country and they have a huge stock of the antique stuff at any given time. Good chance you can get some of the missing pieces from them.
If that turns out to be a dead end, you can try Blatt Billiards out of NYC. Good chance they'll be able to ID it, and also a good chance they'll have one or more of the missing original parts you might need as well. They used to buy out all of the pool tables and some fixtures from the failing pool rooms of days past when they would go out of business. They too are easily the most prominent pool table restoration companies in North America e.g. all of the celebrities shop there, etc.
I was able to dig up some more info on Q-Masters and though I am sure it's 100% unrelated to the pool table you have with the Q-Master name plate, it might help you track down some additional info.
I'd guess it's an in-house nameplate created by Q-Master. Q-Master was a billiard supply company on McNicoles (Six Mile Rd) in Detroit and operated during the 1960s - 1970s and perhaps beyond.
I believe Q-Master was owned by Bob Mullen who was also the chief editor for the then National Billiard News, a monthly newspaper-like publication to which I was a subscriber for a number of years. I purchased my first pool table from Mr. Mullen, a used GCI for $500 in early 1978.
Unreal! Great find. The marquetry matches 100% I would say. I wonder if the original legs are there, and just covered up with the newer wood?
I don't like the stain they used on this one. It hides the marquetry detail. Yours shows the inlay much better.
I've heard that guy who runs that website you found - Billiard Restoration Service - has a bunch of experience in restoring Charles Shulenburg pool tables.
He would probably be an invaluable resource if you are planning to restore the table yourself.
What an amazing find - both the table itself and the match you just found on the manufacturer.
They were really one of the better pool table makers of that era. So many came and went in a short time e.g. 1-5 years, but the C. Schulenburg Billiard Table Mfg co remained in business for over 50 years. They were a very early pool table company. They started up in something like 1852 (I have heard, anecdotally, as early as 1847) and stayed in business until about 1910.
I've reached out to David Bond who runs the "Chicago Billiard Museum" (his website - chicagobilliardmuseum.org - is currently offline for reorganization I believe). He mentioned he has a "file" on Charles Schulenburg - not sure what info he would have. I will let you know if I hear anything back.
I just emailed you a file with everything I have in my file on the Charles Schulenburg Billiard co (including the stuff you found and shared). Hopefully you will find something of interest.
I assume the item you would want is some brochure, advertisement, or catalog showing this particular table. I looked, but didn't find anything (though I did find a few others from C. Schulenburg Billiard Mfg).
Derrick got back to me regarding the pool table. When I asked where I could find some more info on Charles Schulenburg he pointed me in the direction of the Chicago Billiard Museum. Obviously with the recent news I'm not sure what's going to be happening with that site. When I asked him about value he said if I had all the pieces and it was professionally restored the table would go for $15,000 or less in a retail setting.