> > There is a 9' Brunswick Balke Collender Monarch Cushion pool table in our
ba***t. It was in the
> house when we bought it, but it's too big for the space that it's in, so we
want to sell it. It
> needs some work. I have pictures but not sure how to post them here. The
table has a metal plate on
> the outer rail with the name on it, and there is another plate below on the
side of the table with a
> listing of patent dates, June 22, 1909 being the last.. There is a swivel
cup that holds chalk
> adjacent to this. I found a link to a table on eBay that looks like the same
model as the table in
> our ba***t, which sold for $2,237. Our table would need work to look like
> I would appreciate any help in identifying this and figuring out what a fair
price would be, given
> it's condition, or better still an offer.
> Okay, I posted photos to photobucket (I think). See if this works.
So you have an old boat frame, t-rail, leather pocket table. It needs new
pockets (up to $250 to recover the original irons) it needs the veneer
repaired and refinished (big bucks to have done right). Not enough detail
under it to show if the slate is cracked but I'm willing to assume it's
solid. Boat frames are pretty strudy but the t-rails are dead by modern
comparison. My initiial $500 looks about right. Ask for more and settle
Just because it's old, doesn't mean it's valuable. These were very common
in the 19***s and 1920s.
We had one we restored 25 years ago very much like this one (maybe even
the same model (ours was a 1917 -- the date is stamped on the underside of
the rails and sometimes on the slate). We recovered it with new cloth,
had the veneer professionally restored and refinished, and had AE Schmidt
(St Louis) recover the irons with new leather. We sold it installed with
equipment for $2500. I don't think you can get your money for the
restoration back out of this one -- you'll have to find a buyer that likes
the nostalgia of it and wants to fix it up. Good luck.
In my opinion, of course (but I know this stuff).
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