RILEY ARISTOCRAT MATCH PLAY SPEC TABLE ( with steel cushions ) NOW SOLD within 24 hours of advert .



within 24 hours of posting this advert the table sold .

These Riley steel cushioned match tables sell very quick and at reasonable prices compared to new price .


original advert



We have a client near Birmingham , who wishes to sell their very nice renovated Riley Aristocrat
Full match spec including very expensive slate pad heaters and all accessories .
The table will work out at about £4000 with fitting to ground floor only  , re-using original bed cloth back on .
HUGE saving on new price for one of these now at around £15000 .
there will be a miles charge of 50p per mile EXTRA , and if a two day job extra for 2nd day and BB if required due to distance ,
it all depends how close you live to Birmingham and Nottingham .
you will be saving around £9000 from buying a new table from Riley’s

as you can see from this photo of the Riley Aristocrat Match table when it was set up , the cushions are Match play  steel cushions

the legs and arches are Silver match colour from those classic lines of the Aristocrat when it was used to TV tournaments .

Table when it was finished for our client , the cloth is in pretty good order , but if you wished to have a new cloth fitted we could price that up too ( as an EXTRA )
an illness to a family member has forced the sale , and this is a very reluctant sale , our client got rid of a Star table for this one , like myself he rates the Riley  Aristocrat as the better table .
A superb table that in this condition and price does not come onto the market often as a package that includes fitting at this price .

I only get these tables come up now and again for sale as Private direct sales  , this was the last one I did .
from North wales to Nottingham and it cost a fair bit more than the silver legged one .

I have put an all in price which is a rough figure it all depends how far away you live and we must stress only Ground floor fitting will be accommodated no stair work .
If you are in the market for a full size riley steel cushioned match play aristocrat then save a huge amount of money and buy this one .
You will not regret it .
Our client has had very expensive heat pads as used by professional fitted to this table , we will take these off for transport , but must stress you must have a fully qualified electrician to fit them to the table we suggest using the same firm that supplies them .
We cannot fit any electrical item as we are not insured , you need to be a part P electrician qualified to fit electrical items like these .

Please no offers on this table , our client is selling at a very competitive price for these much sought after  MATCH SPEC  tables .
an iron is included in the price and  these alone are an expensive item .

if you are interested in purchasing the table at this great offer price , contact Geoff or Carol by email if possible to

please note the table is a Private sale direct from our selling client , we charge a £35 admin fee to arrange to sale to both parties , the buyer and the seller .
this to cover our time and effort in the advert and the passing on of details to and from seller to buyer , and the odd phone call arranging delivery and so forth .

Serpentine 7ft Snooker diner for sale with raise and fall swivel up beam system so dual height .

We have a client who has a very nice serpentine snooker diner for sale approx. 7ft playing surface .
larger area for dining off .
The Table is based on ground floor in Calverton just North of Nottingham .

As you can see less than 100 hours of use and in excellent condition

4 sections of polished wood tops complete the diner and are in excellent condition
and for the £400 asking price some one is  going to get a Bargain .
The table is a dual height , having two hinged beams at each aide , lift up side of table and push beam up on hinge and repeat on other side to raise , , the reverse to lower .
a simple no sticking method of operation but it is a two man job to perform , unlike the click clack system of the riley diners , which do tend to stick now and again  .
the riley diner click clack is the most used and this beam hinge system is a close second .
the only benefit of the riley is the one man operation and the adjustable leveling on the bracket to level .
this table will have to be leveled at the base of each leg on this serpentine table .

Buyer to arrange pick up dismantle .

GCL billiards could quote for this dismantle deliver and set up .


email for more details and quote for relocating .

Sir William Bentley flip over 7ft Billiard / 8ft Diner with chairs for sale … just £1750

For sale direct from Private seller at Just £1750 all inclusive of chairs .

We have a client based near Dartford Kent , and he has decided to sell his very nice Sir William Bentley Billiard Flip over diner
GCL Billiards had one of these almost identical only a few months ago advertised and it sold within days of it going live .
This one is a bit more nicer having some marquetry inlay around the outside edge but apart from that very much the same table .
All the chairs are included in the price too which makes this sale a better priced option .

as you can see cloth is Red and there are two sets of balls , pool and snooker plus two triangles and a Brush
The legs although you cannot see them in this photo are Tulip carved design , matching the front chair legs .
the table flips over to reveal an underslung Billiard / snooker /pool table .
this design saves you where to put the table tops if you have a riley one you would have to store the removable dining leaves x 4 or 5 somewhere .

the swivel over dining top has a beautiful flamed Mahogany with marquetry inlay around the outside edge
I would recommend a protective table heat cover to be placed on this then a table cloth over that , when using it as a dining table .

Two carver chairs and 8 normal chairs are included in this sale , which makes it a Bargain for someone .
Sir William Bentley flip over dining  tables are very expensive to buy , our client is taking a big loss in this sale .
So come on be the first to grab a bargain if this table is to your liking and  décor .
I am away on Holiday for a week from Saturday but the first Email I get will be first in line for this table when I resume work back on the 1st if June
so if you do inquire next week do not be alarmed that I have not answered your email just wait until around June 1st for a reply .

Score board and cue rack with cues also is included .

You can now see the leg design of the table and a side chair
and if you look close the inlay marquetry around the outside edge of the table .

Now just as a warning , these tables are extremely heavy .
I can quote for a removal and set back up ,
I would on this table take the cushions off the bed cloth off and the slate out to reduce weight having learnt my lesson on one of these a few months ago
you may therefore decide you may go for a re-cloth at the same time .
If you wish us to relocate the table and re-cloth please get in touch also through the email system and I will price it up for you if you also send me your post code .
please note Ground floor only install on this table .
The price of the table and chairs is just for that , the removal and delivery is extra please ask for a quote for this or you can even use your own removals firm or billiards firm .
but a word of warning if you try and move it yourself , this table weighs more than one section of a full size snooker table .
and because of its large size is very awkward to lift onto a van and strap it to the inside .
The full dismantle way is the best way to move this .

Table and chairs with accessories is a private sale direct from the seller @ £1750

Price to move and relocate and put back together  ? …… codes required to give quote and we will only deliver to a ground floor location with just one step and good parking .

price to re-cloth depends on cloth type and colour and if custom colour . ?

this is one we did a few months back the same model but different leg design .
and sold for a very similar price without chairs .

It was dark blue and had turned legs rather than tulip design .

All inquiries to

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If you are successful in purchasing this table GCL Billiards will charge you just £35 for handling the sale and referring back and forth tel numbers and emails to and from the seller  .
I have had to do this because we are a business and after all I do find tables at prices that are way below what others may charge .
IF you use GCL Billiards to move the table I do not charge this fee .
It is the same with the seller who will also pay £35 admin fee for arranging the sale and the advert fee when sold .
these are the terms and conditions for using GCL Billiards , no sale no fee , and way far better value than using Ebay who would charge 10% of final value £175 plus a listing fee which would be on top of that .
We had too many people just using our service to sell or buy and we where not getting anything out of it …and after all we are a business much like a Estate agent for billiards and cue sports tables
My web pages are very well looked at when people are looking to buy or to sell  over 1.3 million hits in one year  , because the prices are realistic and attractive to buyers and the seller is getting good advice and the table is sold quicker this way .
You could hold out or overprice your table but in my experience price it right sell it quick is the way to go .
The only time I charge a full percentage commission is on very high end high priced tables .
You only have to look at the tables that have sold on GCL Billiards to see we are successful in our approach to buying and selling .
selling off site at just small fees is good for us as we have no overheads like warehouse rentals  , and less time picking up and delivering table direct from seller is much better than bringing to a warehouse then deliver from warehouse as we have to handle twice .

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Riley Aristocrat circa 1980s/90s £500 BARGAIN ! SOLD SOLD SOLD IN 24 HOURS




any more riley Aristocrats like this out there for sale within this price range ?
if so GCL Billiards can advertise and get these models RILEY ARISTOCRATS sold very quickly


PRIVATE SALE DIRECT FROM SITE  (Private house)  this is not GCL Billiards table
it belongs to the Private seller .
GCL billiards are just advertising the table for sale for our selling client .

Here we have a nice to play on Riley Aristocrat , complete with all accessories and lighting .
the only stipulation is , the table is UPSTAIRS  and you will require at least 4 strong men to get these 5 slates down .

as you can see the 5 slates will have to be taken down the stairs at the far end
all accessories you can see are with the table …there is no iron

another photo angle of the accessories that are with the table
Cues , long tackle , rests . table dust cover , triangle , balls , Scoreboard 4 hander , Brush . Table rest hooks .
and some very nice lighting .
A come and get me price of just £500 , buyer responsibility to remove  the table .
or to arrange the removal and pay for the removal of the table .

You will also have to remove the lighting , this will have to be done prior to the table taken down .
I am sure there are a few of you that know what a Riley aristocrat table is and the fact they are one of the best tables to play the modern ball slamming into pocket game .
where older billiard tables spit balls back off the pockets , these tables tend to play very well .
Not that you should slam every ball into a pocket .

if you wish to look at the this  table before buying it is based in Glossop , in between Manchester and Sheffield .
but because of covid 19 please observe any covid regulations when viewing .

all inquiries to Geoff or Carol at


Wanted old traditionally bar billiards table with clockwork mechanism
old run down one preferable as it is a for a complete renovation project .
as long as slate bed is ok no cracks ,  and cabinet and woodwork and legs are ok , then I am interested .

not bothered about cloth or rubber condition
A W. Jelks & Son Bar Billiard Table, coin operated
Something like this is what I require .


Contact Geoff at GCL billiards if you have one for sale like the above tables .

SUPERB CARVED ORNATE BILLIARD TABLE IN BURR WALNUT ….. not many made like this one ! £15000


BURROUGHS AND WATTS circa 1880/90 Billiard table in Burr Walnut

OK here is an opportunity for someone
an exceptional Billiard table set including Large Life pool scoreboard and ball storage box underslung under the scoreboard , rotating cue rack , gas style design lighting , framed rules and illustrations .
and all accessories as seen in the photos including cues , rests , balls and cover .
Finished in a superb figured bur walnut , and carved lions heads to knee panels  and Acanthus leaves carved into legs .
You do not often get a table like this being offered direct from the PRIVATE SELLER . this is not a trade  sale .
If this table where to be sold from one of the top London Billiard houses , I am sure you would be paying much more than the advertised price .
I have advised the owners of a valuation and included within this valuation the cost of dismantle and delivery and set up to a Ground floor location .
lets face it no one likes to buy a table then have to look around for a billiards fitter to then find out they have a costly bill to pay for this service of removal and delivery and install .
Subject to distance within the mainland UK with  an acceptable amount of miles this is included  in the price .
Right lets get down to the actual table , I am sure you are going to be amazed at such a beautiful craftsman made Victorian Burr Walnut Burroughs and watts  table , manufactured to the highest standards using the best materials available at the time circa 1880 to  1890  .

As you can see the sunlight is showing this very nicely polished burr walnut veneer , carved Acanthus design leaf legs and Lions heads .

Lets get a  close up to the top quality carved legs and lions head , and shows just how the burr Walnut pops in the daylight
a nice tobacco coloured tint , also note the , top part of the leg has the Acanthus leaf carved into it , all hand carved in those days , the workmanship is out of this world .
you may also notice  the cushions have been  fluted  and the buttons are covering each cushion bolt head , you may also note the cushions have underslung chalk cups to store cue chalk around the table .
If this table where mine I would remove the hooks as they can cause rest head damage to the burr finish and polished wood .
Also note just how far that lions head comes out from the knee panel that covers the large heads of the frame bolts
also solid Walnut mouldings to cushions and frame . it may be that the sides are solid walnut too ?
I have not seen the table in the flesh but the grain of the side frame looks like it is following into the moulding which indicates solid wood not veneer or at least a very thick slab of walnut over thicker frame wood .

another side view from more acute angle

Included in this Billiard room set is the Life pool scoreboard 10 hander with underslung ball storage glazed cabinet

Life pool is a game where you get three lives , and an extra buy back life in the form of a sliding star ,
of which you can just see the small white pull out knobs to the left of the slide .
these boards normally came as 8/10/12 hand scorers , not all had the underslung ball storage .

Rotating cue rack , not sure if this a repro one or original , I have only seen the photos of this and not in the flesh
so I will stick my neck out and say reproduction as a gut instinct , unless proved wrong  , but the scoreboard is original to the same time period .

Ivory manufacturers plate , royal H Prince of wales dictates Queen Victoria still alive and I would guess this table was manufactured in a  time period of 1880 to 1890
So getting on for 140 years old .

A superb Repro gas BRASS and glass light shade , in very ornate craftsman made design , this alone may well have cost in excess of £2500 to £3000 when it was made .
I know much lesser made repro ones made by Christopher Ray light emporium sold for £1750 new in the 1980s , and in my opinion this one is miles better made .
You have to be very careful with glass shades above a table though with getting the rests out and lifting up after a shot .
You can get green metal ones that look just as good or acrylic made ones to replace the glass if you are concerned that you may break one .
If you bought this table I would suggest this light fitting  be taken separate from the table and be installed first , then the table could come after and be installed underneath it .
An Electrician with a  large van would be my advice to get this moved first .
Unfortunately this cost is not included in the asking price , and is not a service that GCL Billiards would take on .
It needs an electrician to be fully insured as fitted and fully working to part P code  .
the following are also included in the sale

Framed snooker and billiards rules

Four repro prints framed .

Now some of you may be thinking that’s not worth £15k !!!
but let me assure you I have just dismantled a table for a client who paid twice that amount from a well known leading billiards house just a couple of years ago .
and this table is just as good maybe better made .
The billiard house in question is located Close to Stevenage , and I have seen similar tables on their web site and another two leading billiards houses
that they would ask for much more than this , if this table was in their stock list .
In fact I was informed they did try to buy it when offered it , but not for what the table is worth and was quickly refused .
well that is their loss for not offering a  decent price for such a  fine example .
I can remember a well known country house near Loughborough who had a very similar table I used to work on to this , but not as ornate or with as good figuring of walnut
, and back in 1990’s the Billiard house mentioned bought it and sold it for £15k  back then .
Now I know you can go out there and pick up Snooker and Billiard tables at next to nothing prices these are nothing like this table , and I know it is a big outlay , but just look at the table .
it would grace any leading country Estate house , or Palace , in fact if it could be researched and  if I am a betting man , that is where it has come from either that or a Government office House .
Or top end Victorian Gentleman’s club .

Such is the quality of this table it cannot be mistaken for the run of the mill made table’s out there .
Not many about in this cared for previously renovated condition , sold as seen in the photos , from a very nice home .
A fine investment for the future .
Again look at the wood grain on the side frame following into the thicker lower moulding , indicates quality of the highest craftmanship and materials used
it may have been used as an exhibition table at one of the world trades fairs , I do know a few billiard houses did this , George wright won many medals doing such things , it just may be that this was also shown at an exhibition .
Not the great exhibition of 1851 at Crystal palace , but I think maybe one following in later years it could well have graced .
We can all speculate where it came from , but alas the Luftwaffe destroyed the Burroughs and watts records during WW2 when they flattened B&W Soho square office so no records available I’m afraid .
but I will ask A Billiards historian I know ( Peter Ainsworth ) what he thinks of it and his opinion .
I already know it is not a one off having already spoken to Peter about that  , but they probably made these types of tables in a limited run of say 10 or 12 not thousands .

Contact Geoff or Carol Large for more details and we will pass your inquiry onto the selling client .


VERY NICE CONDITION… Riley 9ft snooker table with accessories £795 no offers .. West Sussex

We have a client who wishes to sell their 9ft snooker table
a very nice condition hardly used Riley 9ft by 4ft 6 inch playing surface .

as you can see very good condition from the photo’s and  from a nice home too .
and I’m afraid my client will not listen to offers as it is very competitively priced at just £795 , A bargain for someone
Buyer to arrange collection from Ground floor location .
the £795 price is a come and get me price due to a house move  , we have  a bit of time to sell it so please no offers .
my experience of 9ft tables sales is they do not stay for sale long,  especially at this price in this condition .

Balls , and rests are included as is a Triangle and a Peradon Scoreboard .

the Peradon 4 hander scoreboard .

Close up of the Riley name plate badge .
looks like a cover is also with the table .
all inquiries to  Geoff or Carol  , we will forward on any genuine people to our selling clients .

If anyone requires a quote for dismantle load deliver unload and set up to any Ground floor location please ask Geoff
at GCL billiards for a quote . giving your full post code and telephone number

Thurston Full size snooker table for sale ….in Worksop Nottingham on ground floor

We have a client who wishes to sell their late husbands old Thurston table circa around 1895 to 1910 .
a few cushion buttons missing , no scoreboard or cues or cue rack , just what you see in the photo’s
at a very low price of just £250 , Buyer arranges dismantle and removal from property .

the lighting shade is included which is under the table and must go with the table .
the rests balls and cue on the table can go also , I think his table had an ornate scoreboard and rotating round cue rack and some old cues ,
but someone ( maybe a dealer who deals in billiards accessories and not tables )  has been and cherry picked these , that is why the table is going for such a low price of £250
I would have liked to have seen it complete but hey these are the circumstances and lets face it if that scoreboard was a life pool one it would have been worth more than the table ,
also the cue rack and cues .
if it was complete with those collectable accessories , then a price of £1000 to £1500 would have been more likely with those pieces .
maybe more if the cues where old collectable hand spiced ones .

the table is in an out building on the ground floor so no stairs to bring down or up for those heavy slates .
I do recommend a professional billiards fitter is employed to dismantle , if you have no experience moving tables a broken slate is not uncommon for a DIY move .
GCL billiards would be happy to quote for this .
see below a photo of a DIY move slate .

this is what could happen if you dropped a slate section as a DIY move .
always get professional people in who have years of experience to dismantle and move and relocate a table
even removal firms refuse this work and say the same get a billiards firm in .

Typical three penny bit shape leg of Thurston , they used this design a lot around 1895 to 1910
so there you have it a Full size table made by the oldest surviving and still trading firms of Thurston , now based in Liverpool .
Thurston are not only the oldest surviving Billiards firm , they where the first to use slate around 1830 ,
John Thurston having worked for Gillows furniture and wood bed billiard table maker and set up as ~Thurston with a couple of partners  around the end of the 1790s .
later Gillows became Waring and Gillow .
Thurston’s became established as a registered stand alone firm in early 1810 probably around 1814 according to some written history as can be seen below if you click on the link .
it maybe that this table was an early 1890s table then had the more modern concealed pocket plate cushions fitted by Thurston around 1902’s 1930s as the billiards top plate became unfashionable .
these pocket plates have an unusual screw on lug on one side and a tapered lug on the other side , and can catch a few people out  when dismantling , you have to take the corner plates off with the end cushion and not a side cushion , then unscrew the pate off the end cushions .
the centre plate is just both ends tapered square .
here is a photo of the same style of leg table with those older billiards top plate cushions on

Doddington hall table Lincolnshire , same style of leg , this table is around 1880’s

you could read all about Thurston from this link .

all inquires about the Thurston table to