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1880 Brunswick Exposition Novelty Pool Table for Sale

1880 Brunswick Exposition Novelty Pool Table for Sale

Extremely rare antique billiard pool table -1880 Exposition Novelty by Brunswick Balke Collender

The antique Brunswick Balke Collender pool table has been owned by my family for 80 years. The table is in absolutely “Mint Condition” completely original apart from new leather pockets, new rails installed and new Simonis felt in 1980. Table includes original cue rack w/ approx. 10 cues, wall ball rack, pool brush, triangle ball rack, and wired scoring disks.

Contact Steve at (303) 349-1436 if interested. Details below the photos.





Per Brunswick and antique pool table historians, only a few hundred of these were ever made. Notable owners include President Theodore Roosevelt, Andrew Carnegie (Steel Tycoon), J. Paul Getty (Oil), J.P. Morgan (Banking), Samuel Colt (Firearms), and Richard Mellon (Banking), etc..

The top of the line table Brunswick ever produced and "all handmade". The table commissioned strictly on, and only on, a special order basis.

Technical Information from Brunswick Archives:

1880 J. M. Brunswick and Balke Co. - "Hand inlaid" with California Laurel, Burl Ash, French Walnut, Bird's Eye Maple, Mahogany, Rosewood and Tulip Woods (years of manufacture, 1870 to 1880).

The Exposition Novelty: Private residence table is a marvel of artistic excellence. Of all the various designs produced by Brunswick or rivals, either in this or other countries, none even remotely approached the Exposition Novelty in beauty or finish.

It is of superb make, expense and elaborate inlay, finest Vermont slate bed, elegantly carved legs, gilded with fine gold, furnished with the unequaled Monarch Cushions, and especially manufactured for gentlemen's private residences. It is a perfect work of mechanical skill and has taken the Gold Medal at San Francisco and Cincinnati, and wherever exhibited.

Note: Without footnote - the above technical information is quoted from Brunswick archives.

1880 Brunswick Exposition Novelty Pool Table for Sale

Replies & Comments

  1. user1541255421billiardsforum on 11/4/2018 6:43:00 PM


    That is one incredible antique pool table.

    Honestly, it is literally the best antique Brunswick Balke-Collender pool table I have ever seen that is in it's original un-restored state.

    Are the 10 pool cues you mentioned also from that same period, or are they newer? Would love to see a couple photos of those as well.

    Good luck with the sale.

  2. user1541255421user1541255421 on 11/5/2018 1:41:21 PM

    I will get some pictures posted.

    The pool table is being moved into my warehouse in about an hour.

    Are you interested in the pool table or just the cues?

  3. user1541255421billiardsforum on 11/6/2018 2:41:43 AM

    I love the antique pool table but it's way out of my league in terms of cost at this point in time.

    If your cues are of a similar vintage and condition, you could probably generate some decent interest on those as well.

  4. user1541255421user1607305550 on 2/3/2022 6:08:17 PM

    I am wondering if your Exposition Novelty pool table sold and, if so, the price range it sold for.

    It really is beautiful. The design is similar to that of my W. H. Griffith flowers pool table circa 1880.


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1880 Brunswick Exposition Novelty Pool Table for Sale

  • Title: 1880 Brunswick Exposition Novelty Pool Table for Sale
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  • Published: 11/3/2018 7:30:22 AM
  • Last Updated: 11/6/2018 2:46:31 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)