How old is this National ?

Rjmoncrief

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I need a little help in determining the age, or even an estimation of the age of this National table. I’ve always heard that the older one’s were very good tables and not so much with the newer models. Any input appreciated.....:grin:
 

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Lawnboy77

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Nice find! Looks comparable to the Brunswick Gold Crown I. Judging from the style and tangerine blinds I estimate it to be from the early to mid 60s. Interesting table, looks all original.
 
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jay helfert

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Nice find! Looks like a comparably model to the Brunswick Gold Crown I. Judging from the style and tangerine blinds I estimate it to be early to mid 60s vintage. Interesting table, looks all original.

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Rjmoncrief

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Ding Ding Ding! Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! :thumbup:

Hello Jay! Considering it’s age and that the older models were supposedly built very well how do you think it would compare to the GC from the same era? Do you know if the slates are backed? Thanks in advance!
P.S. Anyone else feel free to chime in as well.....:grin-square:
 

jay helfert

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Hello Jay! Considering it’s age and that the older models were supposedly built very well how do you think it would compare to the GC from the same era? Do you know if the slates are backed? Thanks in advance!
P.S. Anyone else feel free to chime in as well.....:grin-square:

National was a main competitor with Brunswick back then for the commercial market and they did their best to copy the GC with this table. I played on many of them in Midwestern poolrooms back in the 60's and they were good solid tables. They played a little different than the GC's but the differences were minor ones. If I went into a poolroom and saw those tables I was happy. :wink:

I'm pretty sure they also had a factory in Cincinnati where they made their National Topline tables. Those were really good tables also. To make a comparison the other tables we would see included Schmidt and Gandy and I didn't like them nearly as much as the Gold Crowns and Nationals. AMF made some good tables back then too.
 
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