THIS COLLECTION IS ADVERTISED AT AN ALL INCLUSIVE FITTED PRICE OF £15000 as a PRIVATE SALE .
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 .
VICTORIAN CRAFTMANSHIP at it’s finest .
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 .