We have a client who wishes to sell a nice full sized snooker table made by one of the top Billiard makers of the victorian era.
A George Wright readed leg, with external protruding cushion bolts with wood button covers, thus meaning the full thickness of the cushion body wood is used to tighten the cushion up, making for a far superior bounce from the cushions than a normal recessed cushion bolt. There are 8 cushion bolt buttons missing, but these could be made . Also two of the nine inner frame muntins have been misplaced, but again two could be made up.
The table used to be in a garden building that is now being fully demolished and rebuilt, so the owner has had the table moved to a far superior room which is nice and dry. This has been done so that any buyer can inspect the table first hand and try a few balls around it.
I would recommend a full new cushion wood blocks fitted and re-rubber and re-cover for any new buyer. As you can see from the photo it is a really nice table with its billiard pockets still intact, very rare to see a table with just bag nets on. It has never had the ball rails fitted to it in its life and it still sports its original rubber from new (and they still bounce). This table is over 120 years old !
The 2 inch slates are very true and are of course WELSH manufactured so the best money can buy.
As for polish this is down to the buyer. Some may like to see it just waxed up and keep its true vintage look whereas others may require a full re-polish.
The seller is looking for offers around £2000. A billiards firm would be looking for around £5000 to £6000 + vat fully revamped and fitted. A London billiards house could ask for as much as £10,000.
Look at the original ivory name plate. George Wright displayed many of his designs at grand exhibitions around the world including London, Paris and Sydney. With 16 prize medals awarded on this ivory plaque it informs me it is an early model and around 1890 is the date I would put on it. With Billiard brass recessed top pocket plates and thick slate .you may also note the royal appointment to HRH Prince of Wales. This is Prince Edward so Victoria is still on the throne.
For more detailed history information about the firm George Wright read this link (from Peter clare @ E.A.clare and Peter Hainsworth) also note the dating of the 18 medal plaque as 1894 so I am about bang on with dating this table to circa 1890.
Anyone wishing to view the table which is based in Leicester then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org , I will then put you in touch with the seller. All we ask is please consider GCL BILLIARDS for any renovation or removal and set up work etc.
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