View Full Version : Now would THIS be the HOLY GRAIL of Pool Tables? WOW!!

08-10-2008, 12:23 PM
I guess it would do until something better came along....lol


Tournament Pocket Billiard Table Room Chart Cloth Colors

Although, after extensive research, we can only speculate with great certainty that this is the actual table built for, and awarded to the winner of, the first Brunswick & Balke Co. sanctioned "International Billiard Tournament" in, as far as we can determine, 1878. It is, without a doubt, one of the finest examples of billiard table cabinet artistry ever built by what always was and remains today the most prominent American pool table manufacturer in the history of the game, Brunswick.

Standing 5 ft. wide and 10 ft. long, this stunning work of art was proudly owned for nearly all of its life by the John Maas family of Albany, N.Y. Mr. Maas was a German immigrant, born in 1846, and he lived until 1929. Although a premier cabinetmaker by trade, he went on to become an extremely successful builder and land developer. He lived in a magnificent Victorian home at 239 Sherman St., in Albany, N.Y.

With Mr. Maas' architectural collaboration, the fabulous Hotel Wellington was built and thus his name quickly became synonymous with "fine quality," and "impressive grandeur." As demanding as Mr. Maas obviously was, we can readily understand how a billiard table of this pedigree fell nothing short of what a man of his stature would have demanded, cherished, and been able to afford!

Our research, done with the cooperation of the New York historical society and research library in Albany, has led us to conclude that Mr. Maas purchased the table from Cyrille Dion, the winner of the 1878 World tournament, as we found no evidence of Mr. Maas himself ever having competed professionally.

With an astonishingly low serial number of just 23, we believe this was the twenty third one-of-a-kind table, custom built by the Brunswick & Balke master craftsmen, specifically to be awarded as the 1st prize trophy for winning a major tournament. This had to be what they felt was their "coup de grace" as they realized it was going to permanently represent their virtually world renowned reputation in the field of billiard table design and cabinet making by being used in, and awarded as the grand prize for, one of, if not "the" most important sanctioned International Billiard Tournament(s) ever played.

With a museum quality restoration of the entire table from top to bottom and end to end, the finished table not only looks spectacular, it also plays excellent pool. With the finest Artimus cushions, the highest quality Simonis cloth, and its mint condition, 4-piece, one-inch Italian slate bed, we can legitimately claim, "It doesn't get any better than this!" All of the hardware that you see when the table is assembled is either 24 gold-plated, brass-plated, or solid brass. The entire table is veneered with ebonized cherry, the rail-tops are solid cherry with inlaid ivory diamonds and it retains its uniquely shaped original 1870s gold-plated Brunswick & Balke nameplate. The intricately carved ebony urns and reeds are stunning and beautifully contrasted by their rich gold-leaf paint surroundings. There is also a different fabulous, hand-painted gold-leaf work of art imbedded in each end of the spectacular cabinet in the form of a rare "Minton China" tile! The likeness depicted is reported to be that of "Adonis, the god of love!"

Having remained in the Mass family until 1961, outside of their family, we are only its second proud owners and have played less than fifteen games of pool on the table. Enough to know that it plays wonderful pool and literally stuns all who see it in person.Given these facts and assertions, we are entirely confident that this table is genuinely everything we claim it to be. It's certainly fabulous, and undoubtedly ONE-OF-A-KIND!! We feel it is one of the absolutely finest antique billiard tables in existence.

Click here for more pictures showing the details of this table.

Price: $500,000.00

Free delivery and set up to U.S., or free shipping to most anwhere in the world. Please call for details.

Come on Lotto #'s!

08-10-2008, 12:29 PM
Have a look at this website when talking old tables.


The Academy of Spherical Arts in Toronto.

I played on a table there that had a bronze (copper?) lion as the base. Very interesting.

The King
08-10-2008, 12:30 PM
Wow very nice table but I just read a thread on here where the guys slate got busted in shipping and they replaced it with some cheap slate from China that had grinder marks in it and was really uneven ... The Mechanic who worked on the table had to do alot of work to it and it still is messed up he then got a hold of Triangle the place the table was purchased from and they would not stand behind thier product ... The table was also a Brunswick ...

I will not do business with Triangle and would buy a Diamond table first after reading that thread... Just saw this thread and thought it was a big coincidence that the table is a Brunswick and the company selling it is Triangle based in Orange County... Though it certainly is a beautiful table...

Here is the thread ....