NOW SOLD to a buyer in Norfolk who spotted it in our for sale section .

Our clients are pleased to inform us that they have secured a buyer through a GCL Billiards Advert to a buyer  in Norfolk
GCL Billiard has secured the work of dismantle and move plus any other work that the buyer wishes us to carry out .
We have sold three 9ft tables through GCL billiards FREE to ADVERTISE blog , this puts the buyer in direct contact with the seller cutting out any middleman profit , we feel this helps secure a sale and hopefully as in this case , secure GCL billiards the work of moving the table .
We have the men and Equipment and the Billiards fitting expertise to carry out this work with no fuss and we also carry Public Liability insurance .
if you have a Billiard / Snooker or pool table you wish to sell , then please consider GCL billiards Free Advert Blog as a form of getting youre table noticed within the community , having this past year sold 3 of these 9ft tables and helped to move on some full sized tables from the free advertising , It proves our adverts do reach the right people who are looking for a table .
9ft orme near worksop retford
As you can see the table is located in a garage or workshop.  The table is ideal for two markets, someone who requires a low cost table of good build quality for their garage or outbuilding, or someone who wishes to have the table fully restored or part restored for use in the home.  The woodwork has marks from use and the cloth may be ok for the garage, but if putting the table inside then maybe a re-cover in nice new Strachan 6811 Tournament cloth would transform the playing surface.
9ft orme near worksop
Room size you would require is 19 feet by 14 feet 6 inches in order to have good cue room around the table.
Is this the table you have been looking for?  If so contact Geoff at c.large@btinternet.com  I can even arrange for you to try the table out before buying.
9ft orme badge retford
The genuine Orme & Sons Ivory name plate , you can tell it is real ivory by the grain of the elephant tusk in the background of the plate , sometimes known as cross hatch pattern.  Although it says “established in 1845” the table is circa 1901 to 1910 as referenced to by “appointment to King Edward VII”.  This is a well made table, made by one of the top billiard houses of the 19th and 20th century.

Another 9ft set up this time near Oxford – a nice George Wright reeded leg

This table was bought from an ebay sale, Geoff having put the new owner onto it and he was succesful in his bid and collected the table from London.  GCL Billiards’ job was to supply new nets, leathers and rails, put the table up in a new log cabin in the garden and refit the existing cloth.  Plus supply the new twin High Frequency lighting.
Oxon George wright 9ft
The above photo of the table roughly level with the slates on ready for the new slate linings being fitted.
Oxon george wright log cabin
The Brand new log cabin, which is a large one that could take a full sized table but no furniture, the owner preferring a bit of space for other things to do.  The 9ft can be seen with its slates on.

More and more people are having these types of log cabins for cue sports tables, from a small 7ft pool table to a full size, GCL Billiards have done them all within the last three months.  The cost of these buildings this size is roughly £6500 flat packed delivered ready for assembly.
oxon george wright new slate linings
The table with new slate lining fitted around the outside edge ready for the bed cloth to be tacked to, the old ones were looking a bit worse for wear.
Oxon george wright moth hole
The moth hole in the bed cloth !

The table had been in storage for over 6 years and the slates were packed into crates.  It was a very professional job, but there must have been a moth larvae on the cloth and the little grubs just love to chew their way through wool.
oxon george wright moth sewn up
The moth hole sewn up.  There were two moth holes in the cloth, but apart from that the cloth was in very good condition and did not require a re-cover,
but maybe next time it will require not just a re-cover but also a re-rubber.
oxon 9ft george wright finished
The finished table.  Those reeded legs are typical of George Wright.  The table was in very good condition and was very easy to put up and get level.
oxon ball in pocket opening three and three eigths
As you can see the cloth is in very good order apart from those two moth holes which are now sewn up.  With brand new nets and leathers plus ball rails, the table is looking good.  The pocket opening is tight at 3 3/8ths at the fall, but with 2 inch balls they look large.
oxon g wright ivory 21 medal plate
A very nice real Ivory name plate circa 1910.  21 prize medals for exhibiting their tables all over the world including Sydney, Paris and London.  This is the original plate that was put on from new.  It was manufactured after Victoria as it says by special appointment to His Majesty the King.
oxon g wright hubble rerubber badge and chalk cup
The Hubble and Freeman badge.  This was put on when it was last re-rubbered, or supplied by them.

The brass cup that swivels out is a chalk cup.  There are only two left on the table, one at each end, but all the cushions would have had one on at one time.  On top of the cushion there are little ivory dots inlaid.  This is to inform the player that a chalk cup is just underneath the cushion at this point.  Many players think these dots are positional markers for getting the angles of the shot correct, but they are not, they are for the location of the chalk cups.  Unlike the dots and diamonds on top of the cushions on an American pool table which are for getting your angles correct, the Brits did not need help to get their game to a good standard like the Americans did!  A bit like riding a bike with stablizers or without them?
oxon George wright matching original scoreboard
The new owner bought a very nice George Wright scoreboard from the same seller for £100.  These boards are being sold for upwards of £250.  There are scoreboard collectors who just fill a whole wall up of with different makes.  The George Wright ones always fetch a good price.

All in, this table set up with new lighting, nets, leathers, rails and scoreboard was under £1500.  One of the large billiard houses would sell this table for in excess of £2750, maybe as much as £4000 !

But it is a buyers market and the average price to buy a good used 9 foot  table is £750 before the costs of dismantle, move and set up, plus any renovation work.  3/4 size tables always have a market.  They are not as easy to get hold of, unlike 12 foot full sized tables which can be sourced for very little money as the market is flooded with them.

Installed rare 9ft Riley Viceroy in oak, fitted new rubber and cloth in Lincolnshire

Todays work was to set up a 9ft Snooker table, a rare 9ft Riley Viceroy in oak.  The cushions having been picked up and re-rubbered at the weekend, we returned today to set the table up.
Oak 9ft  viceroy
You may notice that this square leg Riley table has very deep archways fitted between the legs, giving the Viceroy its distinctive look, of a very solid table.  There are not many Viceroys about and this 9ft one must be a very rare beast indeed.  I have seen plenty of the Riley Imperial which is almost the same table with only small archways, but not many 9ft Viceroys in my 37 years of fitting.
Oak 9ft re-rubber woodhall spa
The re-rubbered cushions with best Northern Rubber UK manufactured not your Chinese rubbish.
oak 9ft viceroy cloth draped

The new cloth just before fitting, note it has the embroidered logo of Strachan and is 6811 Tournament quality, again made in the UK from the finest of wool.  The archways veiwed from this angle really look impressive and for anyone not too keen on square legs, picture this table or its full size version, in a barn conversion with matching oak beams.
oak 9ft viceroy fitting cushions on
The cloth has been hand stretched on, marked out and spotted then ironed.  Next job was the refitting of the cushions and those brand new nets, leathers and ball rails.
oak 9ft viceroy finished balls on

The finished table set up and ready for play.  Note the brand new condition pool table on its side in the background.  If anyone is looking for a nice attractive pool table this one is going for less than half price complete with new lighting shades cues and rests etc at £450.  It is the home play version and retails at around £899 plus delivery and shade which this one has, a three section brass one.
oak 9ft viceroy end shot balls on
The table looking from the black end.  Notice all the pool trophies on the far wall, the client is a local pool shark by the looks of it.
oak 9ft viceroy matching roller scoreboard
Our client was lucky enough to get the original matching roller scoreboard worth around £500 on its own retail in a billiards shop in this condition (also made by Rileys) and a vintage cue wall rack with original bone clips.
oak 9ft viceroy rubber plate sheffield
When our client first contacted GCL Billiards, he informed us that the table was a Fitzpatrick & Longley of Sheffield.  I put him right when I first looked at the table on the cushion collection day that is was a Riley Viceroy.  The end plate you see here was put on by this firm and the original Riley one has been taken off.  If you look slightly to the right of the plate you can see where the original screw holes for the larger Riley plate used to be.  The firm should not have removed the Riley plate.  This badge was put on becuase they did a re-rubber, probably in the 1950s as the table is circa 1920/30.  The plate is just advertising the Eclipse frost proof cushion by Fitzpatrick & Longley.  They should have fitted it to the other end panel and left the Riley plate on the table.
oak 9ft viceroy fitted new GCL lighting by dextra
To round things off the client also had a new light fitted, the new twin tube High Frequency type by Dextra with COOL WHITE LIGHT tubes fitted.  This being a 9ft table a 6ft twin version is all that was required to light the table up.  The table is situated in a special games room at the bottom of the garden.  It is one of the better built buildings I have seen for such use, a real man cave … but I think his partner has other ideas about its use.

If you have a table you would like setting up or dismantling, moving and setting up, then ask GCL Billiards for a quote, c.large@btinternet.com or phone 07753 466064.

Another 9ft NOW SOLD

NOW SOLD being moved by GCL Billiards Tuesday 18th june . please look at the other 3/4 sized snooker tables for sale direct from the owners on GCL Billiards blog site .

Just as I have advertised one 9ft , I get a phone call about another that is local to Lincoln /Grantham at Welbourn in a large country house .
The table top alone is very well made and would have cost a considerable amount ,
welbourne 9ft
Both the 9fts have their merits, this one having an oversized dining top fitted to allow for under knee space when on a chair.  But make and age  I am uncertain of?  I was told by the seller it was a 5 section slate which is unusual for a 9ft table and I think I may have set up a table the same design as this around two years ago, an Allied Billiards made table which was also a 9ft and had 5 slates on it.

.welbourne 9ft 2
As can be seen another table in good order, this one with 6 turned legs with all equipment shown plus a score board.
welbourne 9ft 3
We have four 9ft Snooker tables in our for sale section at the moment, probably more choice than some billiard firms have in stock and all direct from the seller.  All are private sales and all are priced around the same price.  Why not look at the tables and make a choice of which is the right table for you.

If you require further information on the tables then please get in touch with Geoff who will give you his personal feelings about each table, but I will say this NONE of the 9ft tables are bad tables.  Some are better than others only because of condition of say cloth, rubber and polish.  But they are all sound tables for sale direct from the client without any middle men’s fees or commisions.  So a great way to purchase a table.

GCL Billiards advertise these tables free of charge and in return we just hope you use us to move the tables and any future re-cover work or other maintenance you may require.  We are only in this for continuation of work, it all helps and by providing this free service.  It helps the seller as well as GCL Billiards.
welbourne 9ft 4