Antique Pool & Billiard Table Restoration & Repair
A Brief History of American Pool Tables
Pre World War 2 pool tables are furniture grade tables that deserve to be treated as fine furniture when they are restored. They can be solid wood or veneered and inlaid with simple lines or marquetry. In America the most highly developed styles were produced by Brunswick on a national level going back to the 19th century.
The larger cities had local manufacturers but most of their models were simple styles with basic square legs ... more for the YMCA than for the gentlemen's club or wealthy homeowner. One exception in Northeast cities like Philly, New York, and Boston were the locally produced, turned leg oak tables which were patterned after the Brunswick Narragansett or Union League styles which became classics, even if made by small local companies.
Brunswick survived the depression of the early 30's but the smaller one's like Rosatto - Barry and Clark - Herd and Victor in Philadelphia, were forced out of business, leaving Brunswick as the standard in the industry. Whatever style one may find in the long history of Brunswick Billiards, the structural design is flawless and durable.