We have just completed the install of the Stevens Billiard table with Burroughs and watts steel block cushions fitted to it , into an attic in a new build house near Barnsley .
Our client supplied the labour of 5 people to reduce cost’s plus myself to lift the slates up two flights of stairs to the top attic room .
As you can see this was not an easy job , but with the 6 of us we made light work of it and all 5 slates where up onto the table within 40 minutes , one of the 6 was a female who I was informed could out lift most men , of which she proved most capable of doing.
the following photo’s give you some idea what is involved when putting a table in an attic or upstairs room . the Welsh slates weigh in the region of 4 cwt each . nearly a fifth of a ton ! plus the weight of 6 of us , the stairs have to be very well made to carry that much .
The cloth now on and this table had an upgrade we think around 1910 and Burroughs and watts steel cushions where then fitted in place of the original Stevens cushions .
The Stevens table is circa 188o/ 1890. and would have had top plate billiard cushions fitted , the Burroughs and watts steel cushions where first invented around 1895 , and they offered the steels for upgrade to any table , this is why the cushion bolt holes are slotted to fit most manufacturers slate bolt holes.