GCL BILLIARDS …RECOMENDED , now on Hainsworth fit list of select UK Billiard fitters .

We have been selected as a list of firms that use Hainsworth products ,  to be on Hainsworth Recommended Fitters list called THE FIT LIST
Hainsworth are a premier cue sports cloth manufacturer here in the UK of high end products .
along with our other recommendation organisation of the Nottingham billiards & Snooker Association we are proud to be associated with both parties .
Hainsworth for nation wide recommendation and the NBSA for local league snooker recommendation .


Hainsworth Purple Smart napped cloth .

The FIT List

 

Congratulations to Mark Selby Again World champion in 2021

Very happy to See Mark has regained his title again , that’s 4 times and he is still young enough to win it a few times more yet .
and regain his No 1 spot to challenge Judd Trump who holds that position at the moment .
I see a few people knock his style of play , but he has success with that style so why change it .
Mark is A Local east Midlands Lad from Leicester , he has done well for himself .

My self and Mark at Stapleford cue club her in Nottinghamshire  a few years ago , on one of his exhibition match evenings .

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

 

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THIS TABLE WENT TO TRADE AND WAS SOLD WITHIN 24 HOURS OF PLACING ADVERT >

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

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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

c.large@btinternet.com

WANTED BAR BILLIARDS TABLE .

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 .

Sporting Goods PERADON SET OF 9 PLASTIC BAR BILLIARD TABLE RINGS S4686## com

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

Withheld numbers and calls on Sundays will not be answered .

We are rushed off our feet at the moment
working up to 6 days a week including some Saturdays , BUT NEVER ON A SUNDAY
THAT IS THE DAY I DO NOTHING .
I am going to cut back down to a normal 5 days a week only and no answering of phones out of work hours , and not on at all on a  Sunday please .
we are now booked out until June .
We get a lot of scam callers and most have withheld their number , now I know some people have a blocker on their number which I understand maybe  due to a security reason ,
but due to the high volume of scam callers
I am now not going to answer Withheld number calls .

if you wish to make a phone call to us please unblock your withheld number so I know it is not a scam .
We get every type of scammer from Web site improvers to electric and Gas and BT scammers .
In fact I get around 12 BT scam callers and emails a week .
To avoid the headache of all this I have to draw the line somewhere and now is the time to do this .
so unfortunately if I cannot see a number on my phone I will not answer .

my opening hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
PLEASE TAKE NOTE I may be working hands on a table , unloading re-clothing re-rubber gluing pool cloth , and may not be able to answer the phone .
the best way top contact me is through my email

c.large@btinternet.com

Remember the good fitters in our billiards and snooker  industry are always busy
More than often I am hands on working in someone’s house and it would be rude of me to break off and start answering calls , when I should be cracking on and getting the work completed .
it is not surprising to find  a lot of missed calls on my phone when I get back into my van , some I can answer as they have left a contact message or text .
Not many good fitters are about these days , and this means we may not be able to answer all calls in a day  .
I tend to phone back if you have left a text or message , if I have not phoned back it may be because your message ended or your voice is unrecognizable and muffled ,  or did not register on my phone .

Bad back and sciatica is effecting work at the moment , please bear with me it will pass

I have had to cancel and looking to re-arrange a few job’s if my bad back and sciatica does not ease up .
it is a long suffering recurring injury and gets worse the more lifting of tables and slate I do .
which at the moment is a lot .
It is the Piriformis muscle expanding and crushing or trapping the nerves , I do not have a herniated or bulging disc .
this causes acute lower back pain and  in the groin area , plus spreading down the leg to lower calf and ankle pain

This illustration above shows the acute pain area I have at the moment
last night I did not get any sleep at all , and today I have spent 2 hours in the hot tub with the warm jets relieving the pain
I bought this hot tub 2 years ago to treat my aches and pains of fitting snooker and pool  tables as I get older .
and it is the only thing that works for me at the moment , these creams you put on are useless and so are some of the pain killers .
not only is the pain in the main Sciatic nerve but there are smaller nerves spreading out like an hand to the front of my groin , these are being irritated too
The causes extreme incruciating pain


All these smaller branches of nerves are also affected not just the main thick nerve that runs into the leg
any one who suffers with this will know just what I having to put up with these last few days .
I have had epidural injection three , two weeks apart to try and fix this some time ago , it was a quick fix and did not really do much in actually curing Sciatica .
I have tried to carry on working fitting tables but even sat driving I am in pain .
and I had a 6 hours of driving yesterday 3 hours there and 3 hours back with 4 hours fitting ,  when I went to fit a 9ft table near Cromer in Purple .
it was after this long day that my back got really  bad pain last night .
they say that sitting is not good for Sciatica , but 6 hours driving standing up is impossible .

so please stick with me if you have a table booked in for work . if you are affected I will make contact to give the reason I cannot do the work .
I do not like letting anyone down , and will get to you to do the work , all I am asking is a bit of leeway to fit you back in to reschedule the work at  a later date
I am sure some of you with just re-cloth work could wait a bit longer as you can still play on the old cloth for a week or two until I reschedule you back in  , it is the actual fitting and moving of tables I will have to really try and reschedule with you or maybe have to pass on work to a  couple of fitters that I know .if you cannot wait a little longer .
If you do not hear from me your work is not affected , but it may be a day before that I phone you .
as Sciatica is one of those injury’s that you just do not know how long it will last .
Easter is here and this gives me at least 4 days to rest it up , plus do a  few stretching exercise that is suppose to alleviate the Piriformis muscle trapping the nerves .
so hopefully I will be OK for Tuesday 6th April and that job is a  full size table and a small pool table fit too   in the same House , lifting 5 heavy slates onto frame from a Garage store  and also 2 hours drive there and 2 hours drive back .
I will keep all those affected in the loop ,
and thanks to all that understand what I am going through at the moment , I would not wish Sciatic pain onto anyone  .

 

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

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 .

at

c.large@btinternet.com

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 .

c.large@btinternet.com

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