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Antique Pool Table

Antique Pool Table

I have a couple of questions concerning an A. L. Sterling pool table that I recently purchased.

My first question is: What is the make and a possible year of manufacture? When I bought the table I was told that it was purchased from the Reading Railroad quite a few years back and has sat in the basement for several decades until I purchased it. The plate on the foot rail says A.L. Sterling Cushion company. It is an auto return pool table with tubes. I am looking for an approximate date (decade) when the pool table was manufactured. Any help would be appreciated.

My second question is about the gully boots. It currently has leather gully boots installed, however the leather is old and starting to crumble, eventually I plan to replace these, My question is this: I am working on a limited budget and was wondering if I could either:

  1. temporarily replace the leather gully boots with deep rubber/high sided gully boots or
  2. disable the auto return function by buying leather pockets?

I would prefer to go the the gully boot solution. Any insight would be great.

Below are a couple of pictures of the table:

Antique Pool Table

Replies & Comments

  1. addottaLBiesecker on 12/18/2015 10:12:27 AM

    I can tell you all I found was this information.



    Six Firemen Overcome by Fumes and Smoke When Blaze Damages Franklin Avenue Shop.

    Intense smoke, and gas fumes handicapped central city firemen last night when a blaze broke out in the basement at 109 Franklin avenue, occupied by A. L. Sterling, manufacturer of billiard and pool tables. A half dozen - firemen were overcome by the smoke and gas Joseph Listanski, driver of the assistant chiefs car, being hardest hit. Gas fumes flooded the cellar when the heat burned away the connections of two meters in the basement. Assistant Chief Charles Harman was in charge of the companies, and effective work on the part of the Bremen confined the flames to the basement. Clouds of smoke, however, rolled through the three floors of the building. Investigation established the fact that the fire had started in rubbish stored in barrels in the cellar, which was used by Sterling for storage purposes. The three story brick structure is owned by Nathan Green. Carelessness in smoking was officially given as the cause of the blaze.

    If you read, in 1928, the business caught fire in the basement. That'll give you somewhere to start anyway.


  2. addottauser1540132991 on 10/21/2018 7:43:12 AM

    We have the same pool table in Wilkes-barre. Do you have the specialty tool needed to remove the bumpers?

  3. addottabilliardsforum on 10/23/2018 6:16:59 PM

    Would love to see some photos of your A. L. Sterling pool table.

    As for the specialty tool you would need - Does your pool table have the round-headed rail bolts with the two circular holes? If so, call Ken Hash at Classic Billiards. He sells the attachment for under $20.


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Antique Pool Table

  • Title: Antique Pool Table
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  • Published: 10/16/2007 9:16:47 PM
  • Last Updated: 10/23/2018 6:14:50 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)