View Full Version : What do you think??

11-27-2012, 08:45 PM
Hey everyone new to billards and new to buying a pool table so I would love to have your help. I found this old table and want to know what you think it is worth. It is a really old BRUNSWICK-BALKE-COLLENDER. He said felt and rails are ten years old and has been played on very little.

Here are some pictures please help me on this table and what my options would be for this table.


11-27-2012, 09:39 PM
While I am no expert the table looks great. I guess it boils down to what you want in a table. This old table looks to be made pre 1920 and is in good shape. With the right table mechanic it could be made to play fine!

11-27-2012, 09:49 PM
If the rubber hasn't been hit much in 10 years, it may need new rubber.
The more rubber gets hit, the livelier it will be, but some times the speed
can't be gotten back....so it may need rubber.
Lag the ball as hard as you can down the center of the table, you want to
get at least 4.5 lengths.

And get a good billiard mechanic..those side-mounted rails are tricky.

11-27-2012, 10:10 PM
I spent many an hour driving balls into rails on a table just like this.

From the 1908-1909 Brunswick-Balke-Collender Co. catalog, page 8:

Manufactured under 18 construction patents awarded from 1982 to 1905.

Available in carom, six pocket or combination.

Available in a combination version: Note: Combination billiard and pool tables have patent Monarch Pocket Stops.

A leader of recent production that has firmly established itself in public favor.

Our make of billiard and pool tables have found favor with billiard players throughout the world during the past sixty years for the reason that we have spared neither pains nor expense to make them of a superior construction and finish in all essential details. Even our medium priced tables, it may be observed, have a character of design which puts them in the lead of all others.

The "Wellington" is one of our latest productions. The design is strikingly plain and the beauty of the table is the handsomely figured flat surface veneer work which brings out the harmonious colorings of the wood, producing the best possible effect. The table is of medium weight but is thoroughly substantial and well built. The slate bed is of the very best Vermont. Furnished with Monarch quick cushions. The table is, in short, one that is calculated to serve every purpose of the medium grade of billiard room.

11-28-2012, 01:21 PM
Is it worth $550?

11-28-2012, 01:24 PM
Is it worth $550?

Yes....but still hit some balls on it.
Re-rubbering is not a big deal...but the slate is.

11-28-2012, 02:02 PM
I spent many an hour driving balls into rails on a table just like this....
Meeee toooooo

11-28-2012, 05:38 PM
I was gonna say 300-600 ish.
Check out the pockets, play on the table, you can steal any used table right now for a song, so BE PICKY...Even if it's free, people just want these square-foot hogging monsters out of their home, so if it isn't exactly what u want,...keep looking.

11-28-2012, 05:52 PM
is this fellow 10 feet?

11-28-2012, 07:33 PM
I think it's beautiful! Call the shops near by, and get quotes to lay new cloth, I'd probably go ahead and get the new bumpers. It's all up to you.

We purchased a nameless antique table back in February from a seller off Craigslist. The table is a slate, 8 footer and we paid $300.

We had to pay for delivery and installation; new braided pockets; new felt; 1 bumper that was a dud was replaced, the mechanic was able to reuse the other bumpers. That was another $700 with tax.

It's paid itself in full already. There is no doubt about it we love having it at home.

Good luck to you.

Mr. Bond
11-29-2012, 08:17 AM
its a good table overall, assuming that all the hardware is present and the slate is not (badly) damaged.

however, being that old, the sub-rails will need to be modified if you want modern cushions to play proper on it.

and one other thing...FYI:
look at the 4th photo down. (showing the table from one end) that seam in the veneer and that knot hole should not be there. clearly the table has been at least partially reveneered at some point in the past.
and it wasnt done very well to be totally honest...

... it's not the end of the world but its certainly not what you might call "original condition".