My work today was to travel to Oxfordshire to dismantle a very nice looking Burroughs and watts oak table
with tournament steel cushions , bubble wrap all parts and store in outbuilding on the Estate of this very large country house .
I see some very nice houses on my travels and this one is up there with the best .
our client wishes to sell the table so we are putting it out to tender to see what interest we can get .
I can give a guidance to value based on my report on the dismantle and from the photo’s I took on dismantle .
a very nice golden oak woodwork of quarter sawn English oak .
superb presence when you look at this table it oozes that rich quality of a well made English oak table
and has the period style bag nets and dark leathers fitted .
the much sought after steel cushions are fitted to this table and the rolls Royce of English Billiards of Burroughs and watts
I would say this table is circa 1920s /30s and has the Rigidus framework or cross bearers to keep the slate supported along the joints .
that is why on a rigidus frames the centre legs are closer together , rather than equal spacings with outer corner legs .
Five Welsh thick 2 inch slates , they do not make slates this good today .
you cannot get any better than Welsh and Irish slate beds on Billiards and snooker tables .
Modern repro scoreboard which has some damage to the slide slot .
also a modern repro cue rack that revolves .
there is a set of long rest and cue , plus three rests and around 4 or 5 cues .
there may also be a choice of lighting to go with this table by negotiation .
in an art deco style of chrome and smaller oblong shades .
there are few small wood parts that have a crack or two in the table , one being on centre pocket , you may have to have spliced a new bit in .
also some of the lower end arch mouldings are slightly damaged and one centre arch is cracked and need gluing .
I like to describe a true scenario for anyone to confidently buy the table that there is no more to say about the table that would devalue it .
this table would look good in a large Country home or a con verted farm barn , where oak is the dominating facture to the décor .
the pockets are a bit tight but if you had a re-cloth in a cloth of choice , then why not have some of the rubber sanded away for an easier game .
after all we are not all professional players , and these pocket openings are very tight at the moment some only 3 and 1/4 inch at the fall , which is very tight .
please note table has been dismantled and placed in storage in a bubble wrapped form
it cannot now be viewed , but the photos show it as it was on the day of packing . 19th June 2021 .
I know what a top end Billiards firm would retail this table at , and what a private sale would sell it at in its current condition .
if this was an ordinary table it would not be worth much , it is our job at GCL billiards to find some middle ground for Buyer and seller
the table is not going to be top dollar , but it is not a run of the mill low cost table so expect somewhere in the middle of retail and low price .
the table is not up for a quick sale , our clients have plenty of storage space , and are happy to sit on it for a while .
so please do try and keep your offers, to a reasonable price that reflects the build quality , the fact these tables do not come up for sale often at private prices , as the trade snaps them up and put them back on the market at high prices .
now is your opportunity to get in before the trade , if those large billiard houses get hold of these type of tables then expect much higher prices .
our seller also will and does take into account the cost of collecting and fitting a table . but our client also knows of the history of B & Watts and the type and quality of build of the table they own .
all inquiries to Geoff or Carol at