How to identify an antique pool table
Oct 23, 2012 // Furniture //

While the gaming industry has moved on and turned everything into ‘digital’ fun, there is still great charm that comes attached with a simple and elegant pool table. There is a wide range of pool tables in the market today and since they are generally mass produced, many of them have the similar look and style.

Of course, there is still a great difference between a quality high-end pool table and an ordinary one. But the real treasure chest lies in finding an antique table that is both unique and rare. Since, they were not manufactured in mass; they have both great craftsmanship and value attached. Here are a few tips that will help you separate the special ones from the crowd —

  • The first and the simplest way to check for an antique pool table is by observing the quality and the nature of the materials used. If there is plastic in its make or anything that is synthetic, then you can pretty much rest assured that it is not what you are looking for.
  • See the quality and the type of wood that has been used in the making. This is not easy as it seems and it is best to have an expert along when it comes to determining the quality of the wood. Finding the use of satinwood is a good sign, but there can be various other varieties of wood that also indicate the age of the table.
  • Before you go in and look of something that is both old and rare, it is best to know the names of few of the companies of the time. One or two of them might be still in operation, but if you do find names like Oliver Briggs, Brunswick, August Jungblut and Kansas City Billiard, then that’s a good start.
  • Antique are often elaborate in design and are not simple in appearance. They might even sport some embedded treasure like ivory or diamonds were used for designs back in the day.
  • Try to see if the table you are checking out has a hidden drawer underneath that would be used to stash away both the balls and the cue sticks. Do not be disappointed if you do not find one as the table could still be an antique, but if there is one then you can be a lot surer or its authenticity.
  • Ask the seller if any of the parts has been redone or remanufactured as this does diminish the value of an antique and buy only when you are absolutely certain of what you are getting into.

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