I have a 9' billiard table with the name of Rosatto Barry Street Co.
I believe the table is about 100 years old.
I was wondering if anyone out there knows anything about this brand of billiard table?
- guest on 12/29/2012 6:24:20 AM
I also have a Rosatto Barry Co. pool table. The manufacture date is indicated on a sticker located at the head of the pool table (opposite of the rack).
My Rosatto Barry Co. pool table was made in 1917. My father acquired it in the 60's from a fire company social room in Kutztown, PA. I have since reconditioned the bumpers and cloth.
Does yours have a ball return chute?
This is a true family heirloom for me. The only downside is the space it takes up and the weight when moving it.
- bbuss on 12/30/2012 5:00:08 PM
Since I made the post I did find out some info on Rosatto Barry Co. pool tables.
The company started in 1888, I believe, as Rosatto Barry Street Co. and later the name was changed to Rosatto Barry Co.
I believe my table was made between 1888 and 1906 because of the construction methods used.
There is no date on my name plate. My table is a 9" with drop pockets.
I don't think they had developed the rail system yet when this table was made.
Me and my son went to a pool hall just for fun and played a few games on a 9' Olhausen pool table and we both agree the old Rosatto Barry billiard table played better than the much newer table played.
- Noreen Rook on 11/13/2015 5:55:42 PM
I don't know anything about the pool tables, but my grandmother worked for the Rosatto Barry family. Her paperwork from the port at Washington Avenue in June 1900 lists her address as 222 South 8th Street.
Would she have lived above the factory? That address is now a parking garage.
- sdennisf on 3/10/2016 4:47:33 PM
The Company was in Philadelphia and went out of business in 1929.
- leniacono on 7/16/2016 11:50:26 AM
I am also doing some research on the Rosatto table as my Knights of Columbus in West Chester, PA has one.. The first record I have is from an 1882 Philadelphia City Directory "Rosatto Frank, billiards, 912 S 7th".
Two years earlier on the 1880 Census he was a tavern owner and his wife Rosa and her parents Stefano and Maria Cuneo and her 3 younger sisters were living with them at 900 Chestnut. In an illustrated 1904 City Directory ad he was at 22 S 8th and listed as the Largest Manufacturer of Billiard and Pool Tables, Bowling Alleys and Shuffle Boards in the State. Francesco Rosatto was born in October 1851 in Genoa to Giovanni and Maria (Petrilli) and migrated to Philadelphia with them in 1858.
- user1486256490 on 2/4/2017 8:01:31 PM
I have a pool cue rack from the Frank Rosatto co. 222 so eighth st. Philadelphia, Pa.
- user1489450389 on 3/13/2017 8:13:10 PM
Our house was built in 1913 by a "billiard champion" by the name of Mr. Hoffman.
We have a billiard room on our third floor that holds a beautiful 9' long, true billiard table (no pockets). The table has a metal plate on one end with the name "Frank Rosatto".
I also have a pool cue rack, complete with 12 cue's with the same "Frank Rosatto" name on it, only in bolder script then the one pictured above. There is even a wall hung ball rack of the same fine construction as the cue rack.
- billiardsforum on 3/13/2017 8:19:26 PM
That is an amazing story. PICTURES PLEASE! Especially of the Frank Rosatto carom table and the Frank Rosatto pool cues!
- user1489450389 on 3/13/2017 10:10:13 PM
I will get pictures shortly.
Do you know offhand if this pocketless carom table could be fitted with pockets to make it a more desirable and useable piece?
- billiardsforum on 3/13/2017 10:20:37 PM
Unless that specific table was designed to be a convertible pocket billiard table + carom table, then the answer is a no on that one as far as I know. Back in the day there were a few models (I think from Brunswick Balke-Collender) that were convertible... which came with two full sets of rails and cushions, and you could just un-bolt one set and swap them out with the other.
If the carom table wasn't specifically designed this way, the issue you run into is that you need cut-outs in the slate bed and surrounding wood framing components for pockets, which, it likely doesn't have. That's not to say a skilled pool table restoration specialist couldn't do it, but it would be quite involved and expensive.
Looking forward to photos!