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Identify Old Pool Table with "JHL" Stamped Underneath

Identify Old Pool Table with "JHL" Stamped Underneath

Hi pool table experts,

I have what I believe to be an old pool table. I have attached some photos below.

  • It's dimensions are 5' x 2.5',
  • It has “slat” wood table top,
  • it has a slate play field, and
  • It is mounted on a cantilever so it can be lowered for secondary usage, e.g. a dining table.
  • The letters "JHL" are inscribed in the wood under the pool table

The only reference to a billiard table I can find online vaguely suggests that it may have been brought into Melbourne Australia from England by a ships captain. This was based on the JHL inscription in the wood under the table.

Any help finding the history and/or maker (or anything else) about this pool table would be much appreciated.





Identify Old Pool Table with "JHL" Stamped Underneath

Replies & Comments

  1. user1601092245Harvey Rutledge on 9/26/2020 1:09:32 PM

    I've never seen this pool table model.

    It is most likely of English manufacture.

  2. user1601092245billiardsforum on 9/29/2020 4:05:34 AM

    This is the first pool table I have ever come across that has those lifting mechanisms. I assume that each corner has one.

    It seems like it would be a nightmare to get it perfectly level every time you need to raise or lower it (assuming they are each controlled individually).

    Can you carefully inspect those mechanisms to see if there might be a patent number on them somewhere?

    I agree with @Harv that it has an English look to it.

  3. user1601092245user1601092245 on 9/29/2020 4:47:27 PM

    Thank you for looking at this.

    Regarding the lifting and lowering of the pool table;

    • Yes each corner has the same mechanism.
    • When you lift it from the lowered position it locks into place at the higher (playing) position, and then when you lift it again the cantilever (?) drops back down so that it can be lowered to the dining (?) position.
    • I get a friend to help me, one of us on each end, and it is easy to lower and raise.

    The pool table actually keeps its level throughout this lifting/lowering process.

    I will look for a trademark and get back to you over the weekend.

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Identify Old Pool Table with "JHL" Stamped Underneath

  • Title: Identify Old Pool Table with "JHL" Stamped Underneath
  • Author: (Jason Palmer)
  • Published: 9/25/2020 8:50:46 PM
  • Last Updated: 9/29/2020 3:56:10 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)