Today we have been up onto the Chatsworth estate’s in Derbyshire to recover a 7ft Billiard dining table in an holiday Farm let near Shottle .
The table Cloth had been ripped around Christmas in two places , the actual order was for a Pool table re-cover , it was not until they sent me a photo that I pointed out it was a Billiard table .
and when I arrived I found out it was a an old Burroughs and watts Billiard diner , but the top boards where missing , the lifters where still in position , but a couple of them had springs broken on them so it was played in it’s low position .
The table before the re-cover
It was a very well made table having large bolts in the cushions rather than the wood screws of it’s main rival manufacturer Riley
The old lifting mechanism , this uses a spring to flip the odd shaped metal object into a V slot on the side of the main body , a very odd design , one that Burroughs and watts came up with to try and steal some of the Billiard dining sales away from Rileys , there are not many of these type of B&Watts tables a round , I spoke to another fitter today and he had only worked on one , this was the first of this type B&Watts I had worked on . Both of us have been in the trade a long time so they must be rare !
a centre anti bow bar is fitted , this is to make sure the slate will not dip in the centre , I have come across this on many one piece slated tables , the centre wood is forced upwards when the nut on the threaded bar at each end is tightened . I prefer my adjustable muntins !
The finished table , the Red cover looks nice too !
a new set of pool balls triangle and brush , re-tipped the 5 cues and left them some chalk