***********Note - The pool table has been sold. I will leave this page up for the heck of it.***************
I am selling a 110 year old 9 foot Brunswick Southern pool table (manufactured between 1892 and 1905) that has been in my family for the past 40 years. I have seen these tables going for up to $8,000 but I am just looking to get it out of my house at this time. I'm pretty sure that you could easy make a couple thousand dollars if you bought this table now and kept it until the economy turns around. I have been playing on this table since I was too small to see the top of it (my father had to build steps for me to get high enough to take a shot). We no longer have room for the table so sadly it has to go. The pool table was in a barber shop / cigar shop in West Virginia at the turn of the century and was purchased by a gentleman (his name long forgotten) when the shop closed. My father bought it from him in the very early 70's and spent many nights after work restoring the table. When we moved in the mid-80s he left the table with the house he sold. I retrieved the table in 2004 and it has been at my house since. I rarely play on the table but have taken great care of it. The table currently has a great heavy felt on it (maybe 35 games on it - always cleaned and covered after use). The balls are new with maybe 20 games on them. I am including a nice heavy vinyl cover, a second set of old balls, a cue ball, a trick cue ball (weighted so it won't roll straight), a wooden rack, two brushes, a pool stick rack and 3.5 sticks (one stick has been cut in half - this was my stick when I was very young). The pockets are leather but after all of these years they are a little dry. I talked to a table restorer (Tucker's in Charleston, SC) and he said the pockets would last another 100 years but it seems to me that some sort of conditioner should be put on them at some time. The rail sights are diamond shaped and are made from real ivory (old piano keys). The rail rubber was replaced in the 70s and is still in great shape. The dimensions of the table are 109 x 59 x 33.5
The only problems that I know of:
#1 - Two of the 18 iron bolts that hold the rails to the table are missing (has not been any problem in the 40 years I've been playing on it). You can see one of the missing bolts (holes) in the picture. The bolts are easy to come by so I am not sure why I never ordered a set off the web.
#2 - One of the pockets has a rounded edge on the iron bracket instead of a square edge. You will probably never noticed this and it does not affect playability.
#3 - One of the pockets has a ripped "net" (one strand of the leather is not connected). I never have tried to fix it. I'm pretty sure it has been like that my entire life and has not caused any problems. A small dab of glue would probably do just fine for the repair.
Of course, the table will only be sold as a local pickup item. When I brought it home in 2004 it fit nicely in the back of my small Isuzu pickup truck.
From the 1904 Brunswick Balke Collender Co. catalog:
The Southern is made in two sizes, 4x8 and 4 1/2x9 and furnished as carom and pool, or both combined. It is carried in stock in a golden oak finish. It is fitted with our celebrated monarch Quick cushions and supplied with a complete playing outfit of good quality. All combination tables have our patent adjustable carom plugs with iron fastenings. All tables are fitted with Vermont slate beds from our own quarries and the incomparable patent Monarch Cushions. Made in sections so that the framework forming the body of the table can be taken apart for shipment. The various parts are doweled and reinforced with massive iron bolts which obtain durability and rigidity.
Heavy vinyl cover:
One of the old piano keys sitting beside a diamond sight (I thought it would be a neat picture):
Missing bolt (there are two of these missing - they do not affect the table):
Note the right side is curved. You will not notice this:
Note the nice patina on the bottom of the legs (why did I not dust the legs before taking these pictures ):
The rails look great:
Balls are practically brand new:
Old balls and trick cue ball:
Stick holder just screws onto the wall:
Original catalog image:
Picking up the table in 2004 while on a trip back home to WV. Everything fit nicely into the back of my small pickup truck (including my luggage and a cooler full of beer):
The four main pieces:
30 minutes later and it is starting to look like something:
I hired some guys to put the felt on for me. I was a little confused on how to get the new felt on the rails:
When the table was originally purchased there had been a "slope" cut into the slate around the pockets. Some bondo or something was used to build the pockets back up (this repair has lasted 40 years so far):