Probably the best ornate full size billiard table available for sale in the UK

No exaggeration here this is probably one of the best ever carved tables to be sold in the UK
not often seen on the market as a private sale, but more often in expensive London Auction houses or high end Billiards retail outlets. It would not look out of place in Harrods.

This very ornate Billiards table by the well known Manchester billiards firm of Orme & Sons is available for sale through GCL Billiards.

The table is a private sale and is located near to Lichfield and Rugeley in the West Midlands for viewing to serious buyers only.

The table is for sale at £25,000 which for such a bespoke item direct from the owners, no middle men fees, no auction premiums, it is a very reasonable price for such a fine billiard table, which you would rarely see come onto the market especially in this renovated condition.  In a top end billiard firms ownership it would be well into the £40k mark.

Ok you will have to arrange dismantle and relocation and set back up.  GCL Billiards will quote you for this work if you provide a full address including post code and if it is on the ground floor at the buyer’s address with no stairs.

This table is being sold from the ground floor also, so no problems for collection.

WARNING this table move will require a full large size removals lorry. A normal 35cwt van would not be large enough or offer good protection to the dismantled table and would be overweight.

Our advice is that a time served billiards fitter must be part of that removals package on dismantle and install, which would be an extra costing on top of any purchase price.

Our small 35cwt van is ok for a standard leg low end table, but not this highly carved high end table it would be too small and overweight.

But I will accompany any removals firm.  I work closely with a local Nottingham removals firm that would have a large enough lorry to carry this table and in well wrapped conditions.

Please study the photos of the table.  I am about to find out what is currently being sold with the table accessories wise, as the previous owner also has a lot of billiard room photos and paintings and collectables that are being sold separately.

Please note all those wall decorations are not with the table, neither is the light fitting.  I will find out about the scoreboard, cues, balls and other accessories, which I think should be included.

Orme and Sons Beaufort model table, top of the range in 1905, only a few were made and some had different carvings to the legs.  So carving wise there may be a one-off design to each table.

Orme & Sons catalogue advert for the Beaufort table no 682 design (circa 1909)

The cloth is as new.
Nice light to medium oak polish to cushions.

Just look at the ornateness and solidness of those legs and panelling friezes. Fine Edwardian craftsmanship at its very best.

Another view of the whole table so you can take in what fine craftmanship went into manufacturing it.
A fine piece of furniture and talking point to any country home or large town house.
I do not know who purchased the table from new, but whoever it was, they wanted to make a statement when they commissioned this table to be made.

More light to show the carvings.
Note the bag nets, this table was manufactured when billiards was the no. 1 game.
It would be a shame if someone had fitted ball rails and ball hole nets on this table.
Original design new nets and dark stained leathers complete the original look of the table.
I also like the way they have stained the carving areas to show that part off.
Again they wanted you to notice the workmanship of the carvings.

You want a closer look at that leg carving?

Pocket opening showing no track lines and therefore the cloth is as new, so it will not require a new cloth unless you want to have one fitted.
No description available.
Rare model life pool scoreboard also included.  Balls, cues and rests confirmed.
It looks like this is the original scoreboard also made by Orme & Sons that came with the table from new in the very early 1900s.  Very unusual to see that the number roll bars are operated from two knobs on the front and the green is also unusual to find.

If you would like more information on the table please contact Geoff at GCL Billiards.


I will pass on any genuine enquiries to the owner.

7ft Riley Oak Barley twist combination dining /snooker table for sale .

For sale direct from the owners for £1500 as it stands Buyer arranges collection .
GCL billiards do not own this table you are buying direct from the seller , no middle men or auction fees to pay .
A set price which we think is very fair .

Rare to find in barley twist leg form , many variations from straight square turned , cabriolet and ball and claw , but the barley twist one is one of the rarest to come up for sale .
Try and find another for sale , you may find the odd one but they are not falling off trees in barley twist leg form .

the table in the up position , the playing height is raised up on four brackets which also have the facility to turn screw up and down for levelling .
note the barley twist legs design , very rare to find them for sale .
this table is a 7ft and should have a serial number starting A7 stamped under each table top leaf .
A stood for Accrington where Riley had their Factory , and the 7 is the size of the table , numbers after A7 are the real serial numbers of the table .

Superb wood grain to the 5 table tops when placed on and lowered for dining height .
this is all solid Oak no veneer rubbish and has been in this family for many years passed down from Generations before .

another angle showing the 1/4 sawn oak , when you see this oak pattern you know it was selected for its grain to show upper most .
again shows the table is Solid oak and not low cost veneer , what would it cost today to have one made from Solid oak wood with those rare to find Barley twist legs .

still playable with this cloth on , but it would look better with a  re-cloth and maybe new bag nets and leathers .
the woodwork you could just bri wax up , I find if you fully renovate you take all originality and makes the table look a modern replica
also it is very expensive to have one stripped stained and re-polished .
and it just just not need this in my opinion .
may require a few bolt cover leg buttons which seem to be missing in the photo s , unless the owners still have them knocking around .

A few accessories are with the table , I do not know if it has an original riley  scoreboard ?
the one in the photo is not what was original to the table when new from Riley’s .
but I see these riley diner scoreboards all the time on Ebay   see here

the original would be something like this if they have one but in Oak , they also did one a bit more squared off too .
Antique Mahogany Billiard, Snooker Scoreboard by Riley of Accrington at 1stDibs
So there you have it a rare to find Barley twist 7ft version of this well known Raise and fall Dining table design .
I would think the table was made between 1900 and 1967 , but I would say circa 1920/30s .
lovely piece of solid oak furniture that has a dual purpose and a delight and conversation piece for visitors .
I have had a few myself over the years , and have one in 6ft form with cabriolet legs in garage as we speak in mahogany but not as nice as this 7ft version , which I must get out and also advertised too .

the end slide in cushion panel you can still see the E J RILEY transfer  .
it would be shame to strip it down to bare wood and make it look modern and no age to it .
just wax it to bring it up a bit and show its age small buckle marks as well .

Remember the price is for the table with accessories , this is not a delivered price and is a private sale direct from the owners
buyer arranges dismantle and collection .

if you want more information and different styles of legs that where made on this riley designed and manufactured table
showing differ Nat design quirks .
copy and past this to read.

Riley Billiard / Snooker diner , a pleasure to work on this rare Barley twist oak snooker table . circa 1930 / 50

Cloth supplier shortage of staff due to Covid ,….. some delays on deliveries and ordering of cloth .

I have been informed today when trying to order some more cloth stock in,  of a shortage of staff problem due to Covid .
my main Strachan cloth supplier for snooker 6811 tournament are suffering from a large loss of employees due to covid sickness and protocol , to process and package cloth out .
this may cause some problems this month of taking orders in for say snooker table re-covering in Strachan 6811
I do have some stock as a back up but these are now spoken for .
although cloth deliveries will still filter through but not at normal speed of delivery .
Until normal staffing levels are back to normal this will effect most firms in the industry if you require Strachan manufactured cloth .
I am working close with our cloth supplier to rectify this and have placed an order by email for some more stock of cloth from them
this will take time to filter through their email system with only one or two people answering emails if at all .
this firm is the main supplier to the trade of Strachan cloth in the country and it only takes a few to be struck down to almost bring the posting out of cloth to a standstill .

I still have another source to get this cloth from another London based supplier  , but prefer to order Strachan snooker cloth through my main supplier .
Pool 6811 cloth is unaffected as I get that from the other Strachan stockist .
I can also order Hainsworth cloths as an alternative too .
which is another cloth that is popular with my clients .
anyone asking for Hainsworth smart / Match or Super pro speed will be unaffected .
as I ordered some special cloth colours today for clients from Hainsworth and they are not affected .