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Antique Wendt Billiard Table


Antique Wendt Billiard Table

Does anyone recognize this antique 9' table? There is no manufacturer's label and I have scoured the internet unable to find one like it. I am a total newbie considering buying this from a neighbor - asking price is $1600. He says it plays well and is structurally sound. Cushions and felt were redone a few years ago. The table is now broken down and the 3 pieces of 1" slate look to me to be intact. I would have a local billiards shop do the move and setup for me.

Thank you kindly for any info about this table you might be able to glean from the pic!

Aaron

Antique Wendt Billiard Table

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  1. afieldguest on 12/6/2011 9:01:11 AM

    I wish I knew what kind it was. There were only a few manufacturers that made tables of this stature back in the day. What I do know is that most antique Brunswick tables that are 9' will have a rail bolt that fastens through the side of the rail instead of underneath. The way the pockets are fastened may be an indication as well. Mordern pockets bolt down from underneath as well. The slate of an antique brunswick will typically be 1 1/2" or more vs. 1" and will have a wood backing attached to it. The rail blinds are also very thick, 2" in some cases, and the amount of area a tech has to staple the cloth to the rail is less than 1".
    Hope this helps.

  2. afieldafield on 12/6/2011 9:26:11 AM

    Thank you! Since my original post I have researched the table extensively (many thanks to all the experts whom I've pestered by e-mail!) and discovered that it was made by Wendt Billiard Mfg. Co. (Milwaukee, WI). I understand Wendt was known for the "arts and crafts" style, of which this table is a beautiful example. It was originally a carom table, converted to pool many years ago.

  3. afieldcato on 12/27/2011 4:19:43 PM

    AFIELD I wanted to PM you but being a new member I can't. I just purchased a Wendt Billiard Mfg. Co pool table and I can't find much info about the company. What did you find in your research and did you find any info on the internet?

    Thanks

  4. afieldafield on 12/27/2011 8:39:26 PM

    I was able to find surprisingly little information about Wendt. They were a competitor of Brunswick around the turn of the 20th century until the early 1940's or so, when they were absorbed by the A.E. Schmidt Billiard Co. (St. Louis), which is still in business. You can purchase an old Wendt catalog and a couple of reproduction brass Wendt nameplates at www.classicbilliards.net. If you're really obsessive (like me), there is a website (can't remember the address but can probably find it again if you're interested and can't find it yourself) with some old (1920's) copies of Billiard Magazine scanned to pdf's and available for free download, and in those pages you can find an advertisement for Wendt tables.

    Hope this helps. Would love to see your table if you have pics you can upload!

    Here's that Wendt ad from Billiards Magazine, 1922.

    Aaron

  5. afieldcato on 12/28/2011 6:23:36 AM

    Thank you, much appreciated.

  6. afielddahshore on 10/8/2016 11:45:37 AM

    Nice- I have had one for 40 years but can not find model /there are some # on the bottom of the rails / would appreciate any link info you may have.

  7. afieldafield on 10/8/2016 1:17:58 PM

    I got nowhere with the numbers on the rails - best thing to do is post pics and send them around to the experts. If it's a Wendt, send pics to A. E. Schmidt and they might ID it for you.

  8. afielddahshore on 10/8/2016 5:18:24 PM

    A. E. Schmidt - didn't have any idea. The most I know is of the name Wendt? Not sure of the year. I think it is "arts and craft style", yes that is it. Looks like a Klinge pool table but isn't?

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  9. afieldNashville Billiard & Patio on 10/17/2016 3:15:07 PM

    Hey guys, I found some great articles about antique pool tables. They show a picture of the table and give the actual description from the original catalog. Maybe you can check their site and I hope you can find what you're looking for. Quite interesting - Nashville Billiard has some of these for sale.

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Antique Wendt Billiard Table

  • Title: Antique Wendt Billiard Table
  • Author: (Aaron Field)
  • Published: 10/25/2011 9:53:14 AM