Burroughs and Watts steel block full size for sale

We have a client who is looking to sell their taken down and stored  ready to go Full size Burroughs and Watts Snooker Table .
We do not have much of the table to show since it’s dismantle , I always advise to anyone to take photo’s before it is taken down .bens b & watts steel full
these steel block cushioned tables are sought after , the design of useing steel plates in the cushions for extra and true bounce is still used to this day , and the Match TV tables as played on by professional snooker players are fitted with these type of cushions , only the pocket plates have been improved on for the modern game , the steel cushion design is the same design used today as when they where first invented by burroughs and watts in 1895 . this billiard table is from the circa 1900 to 1940s I think .
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The end badge off one of the end cushions , the referance to steel vacuum cushions where to a system where holes or a contiuous slot was routed  into the wood blocks that the rubber was glued to , thus forming an air pocket behind the rubber , this they refered to as a vacuum , so they call it the Burwat Steel vacuum cushion , it was a bit of a sales gimmick realy and they soon dropped the vacuum design and stopped putting the holes and slot into the block ,  but the steels do make the balls bounce that little bit more and more true as they come off at the angle , but good heavy wood cushions like those made from Cuban Mahogany did this without the aid of steel .  the thing is there is plenty of steel about but not enough cuban mahogany , Thurston tried a system to beef their cushions up by implanting slate inside the wood to make them more heavy , this they called the Adamant cushion ,( NO not Adam Ant the singer ! )  but b&watts had cornered the market with this new steel cushion so all others fell by the wayside.
any way this shows why Burroughs and watts used steel to make them the market leader in Billiard tables at that time , the Steel Vaccum cushion realy put burroughs and watts on the map , and the other leading billiard firms of the day like Thurston and orme and sons etc lost a good amount of trade through the development of these patented cushions .
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the turned leg of the burroughs and watts table , you may note the church window design which has a thin piece of wood insert called a knee panel to slide in to hide the frame bolts .
DISCLAIMER ….GCL Billiard has not inspected this table or taken it down , so cannot be sure all the parts are there , you will have to go through the parts with the owner to make sure it is all there , this is one of the pitfalls of buying a table allready dismantled , if it was still up , you would be sure it is all there .
I am not saying it is not all there , but things can get lost or misslaid when moveing them , I have a few horror stories of arriving to assemble a table to find parts missing , so know it can happen .
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If you require this table picking up and checking for parts , transporting and assembling , then contact GCL Billiards for a competitive quote .
If you are interested in the table then please  email c.large@btinternet.com and I will put you in touch with our client .
all we ask is please try and use our Professional qualified Billiard fitting services to move the table and set it back up in return for our free advert .

rough price Guide £500 —£1000….. GCL Billiards valuation and is  price negotiable with the Client .

Local Nottingham club with carved Thurston snooker table gets two recovers

The last two days, Friday and Saturday, I have been working in a local club in Nottingham re-covering 2 full sized snooker tables.  One is very interesting, being an oak carved scroll type Thurston table circa 1920 /30.  The other a Riley Imperial also circa 1930s with new Riley Aristocrat standard cushions which they use as the match table.

Below a few photos of the carved oak Thurston table and two of the match table and pocket opening.

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The carved oak Thurston table leg and side frame.
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This club has plenty of cue room around the tables.
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These highly carved cushion panels hide the cushion bolts and slide on and lock into place.

Below the match table.
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The match table in this club has new Riley Aristocrat cushions which were fitted around 10 to 15 years ago.  The original table is an oak Riley square leg Imperial with good 2 inch thick welsh slates.  The pockets on this table are very generous, being 3 3/4 inches at the slate fall.  This is a full 1/4 of an inch larger than the standard match size 3.5 inches at the fall.

The carved oak Thurston table has 3 5/8ths at the fall, 1/8th of an inch larger than standard match size.
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3 3/4 inches at the fall pockets.  I have fitted new nets and leathers, but I ran out of leathers for the oak carved table so I will call back and fit new ones at a later date.

I will also point out that the last fitter used a compressor stapler with 12mm staples which took an age to dig out.  6mm and 4mm infills would have done the job and made for an easy strip down, which is what I have done.  I always do a job with the intenton that it is going to be me who has to strip down the table next time.  Using smaller staples not only helps me to achieve this, but the blockwork that the cloth is stapled to also lasts longer when you do not have to dig the old staples out.

I have advised them to replace the light shades with the new High Frequency lighting (like the photo of some in a Derby club below) and they are looking into it.
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