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History or Details About the A. Skidmore & Son Manufacturer?

History or Details About the A. Skidmore & Son Manufacturer?

I have a 9-foot A. Skidmore & Sons pool table with slate bed and rail return.

The patent pending says 1918.

I’d like to know more about the pool table and would appreciate it if you could steer me in the right direction.

History or Details About the A. Skidmore & Son Manufacturer?

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  1. user1605996683billiardsforum on 11/22/2020 2:52:14 PM

    I don't know A. Skidmore & Son as pool table makers. I'm not sure if they were manufacturers. It is possible that they were just dealers of pool tables and likely provided ongoing maintenance work on those same pool tables.


    It was common practice for pool table maintenance companies to replace original name plates with those of their own name. The A. Skidmore & Son name plate shape matches that of Brunswick for this reason.


    Other than this, I have nothing else in the archives.

    It'd be cool to see clear photos of your pool table though.

  2. user1605996683user1605996683 on 11/23/2020 4:28:24 AM

    Thanks for the info, that's probably why queries of A. Skidmore & Sons pool tables draws a blank. I'll gets some pics together especially since I'll be selling the table.

    A gentleman who worked for me about 30 years ago told me about the pool table. His dad bought it new and had willed it to him. It had been sitting in his basement for years used essentially as a work table. He had plywood across the top so that that surface didn't get damaged but the rest of the table was pretty well trashed. The pool table was made out of hardwood but had some kind of mahogany veneer put over the hardwood. I bought it from him because as I said the playing surface was amazing and it had, and to this day still has, the original cushions which are very lively.

    Because of all the damage I ended up having to peel off all of the mahogany veneer, I sanded the hardwood down, stained it and, rebuilt the entire rail system because it was all broken. So yeah the table is not original per se. The only reason the name plate is nailed on is because that's how I put it back on the table after I got the veneer off.



  3. user1605996683billiardsforum on 11/23/2020 5:23:28 AM

    The style of that patent listing is indicative of those on pool tables from Brunswick Balke-Collender Co.

    Would need to see clear photos of the whole table in order to id the model and year though.

  4. user1605996683user1605996683 on 2/19/2021 10:54:06 AM

    Sorry I had not gotten back to you a lot sooner. The chaos of trying to get our house ready to sell in CT at the same time is buying a retirement home in NH has taxed the wife and I to the Max.

    I finally have pictures of my pool table.

    I realized that the placard on the pool table was really a company that distributed bowling alleys and they must have slapped their own label on a Brunswick pool table as a package deal for outfitting various alleys.

    I would be interested in knowing if you can give me a ballpark range for the value of the pool table. Some of the people that have been looking at our home have inquired about the pool table being part of the sales package.

  5. user1605996683billiardsforum on 2/19/2021 3:06:52 PM

    Need to see photos of the Brunswick pool table first. From there we'll:

    • assess it's condition
    • identify the model and year if possible

    Once we have those we can work on figuring out how much it's worth.

  6. user1605996683user1605996683 on 2/24/2021 12:27:50 PM

    The mahogany veneer was peeled off 25 years ago and the mixed hardwoods underneath were simply sanded and refinished.






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History or Details About the A. Skidmore & Son Manufacturer?

  • Title: History or Details About the A. Skidmore & Son Manufacturer?
  • Author: (J. Simonelli)
  • Published: 11/21/2020 2:11:25 PM
  • Last Updated: 11/22/2020 2:34:39 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)