For Victorian antique billiard table fans, this table made by Brunswick & Balke in 1878 is coming up at auction by Bob Courtney Auctions on May 17th. This is the best looking table I have ever laid my eyes upon and it puts my circa 1999 elegant, but not Victorian antique, pool table to shame. If the Herter Brothers were to have produced a table, it would have looked like this. I can’t describe it better than Bob Courtney Auctions, so I will pass on their provenance and description information below. You can view more details and photos of the table here.
Phenomenal tournament pocket billiard table built for and awarded to the winner of the first Brunswick & Balke Co. sanctioned International Billiard Tournament, held in 1878 at Tammany Hall in Albany, New York. The finest billiard table cabinet artistry ever created, and built by the most prominent American pool table manufactures in the history of the game. This table was proudly owned for nearly all its life by the John Maas family of Albany, New York as he purchased the table from Cyrille Dion, the Canadian winner of the 1878 tournament. With a low serial number of 29, this was only the 29th one-of-a-kind table custom built by the Brunswick & Balke master craftsman. After a meticulous nine month museum quality restoration of the entire table, the table not only looks spectacular, it plays excellent pool. The entire table is veneered with deeply ebonized cherry.The rail tops are solid cherry with inlaid ivory diamonds. Details include carved urns and reeds with gold leafed background, hand painted Minton china plaques of Roman Gods,inlaid chariot scene, and incredible Herter-type inlaid freeze. This table is absolutely the finest billiard table in existence. Dimensions: 10ft L x 5 ft W Age: 1878 Material:Wood,Ivory,Tiles.