Stamped underneath the slate we have:
J.M. BRUNSWICK & BALKE COLLENDER CO.
No. 211 Market St
ST. LOUIS. MO.
This would date it to the late 1800s (i.e. 1880s) and they are worth big money if well restored. But - proper restoration will cost you thousands.
I know what this pool table is. More on that below. First, lets talk value.
The economics of restoring an antique pool table of this style are typically as follows:
- High quality restoration from a specialist in these older J.M. Brunswick pool tables will run you anywhere from $3500 to $6000 and beyond. Yours needs a lot, so expect to be close to, or at, the upper end of that range. It takes a highly skilled expert many hours to do it properly.
- The market value of this pool table once it is restored: $15000 to $20000 give or take. There is one for sale right now, fully restored (not true to original though), and it is selling for $20,000. More on that later.
- The fully restored table will be a challenge to sell, however. It can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to find a qualified buyer at those prices.
It's a gorgeous antique pool table with marquetry inlays. This is so labor intensive it just isn't done anymore. They look stunning when restored.
There are a few other questions on this site of folks with similar antique J.M. Brunswick tables.
As for identification, You have a 1870-1880's J.M. Brunswick Eclipse pool table. Yours is missing some of the apron skirting as you'll see from the photos below.
Here is the 1875 catalog page showing the model. Note the six different types of exotic woods used in the marquetry and inlay:
Here is the one on eBay at the moment:
Antique J. M. Brunswick Balke 8' Pool Table Restored 1880's Eclipse
- Price: US $20,000
- Location: Quincy, IL
Restored 1880's J M Brunswick Balke Pool Table Nice 46" x 92" Pro 8' Model Birds-eye-Maple
I'm selling this nice restored table for a friend, he just completed the restoration and it is ready for sale. The Eclipse has Rosewood rails with new pearl sights. The pocket Irons are original and have been nickle plated and new leather uppers and new leather drop pocket baskets. The fringe is burgundy and green. The body of this table is Birds-eye-Maple with rosewood inlays. Outstanding finish work. It comes with 860 Simonis tournament green billiard cloth.
If you are interested in this table and want to ask questions, please email Bill Young
It might be possible to deliver and set up this table in your home, please let me know your location and I can get you a quote.
Extra nice antique pool table ready for delivery.
Good luck which ever route you decide to take. Let us know what you decide!
Beautiful pool table.