When it comes to good craftsmanship, we all know that things made in yesteryear were generally made better. Today’s products seem to be so mass-produced that skilled craftsmanship and attention to detail are no longer the norm. It’s no different when it comes to pool tables! If you compare pool tables made today with ones made in the late 19th century and early 20th century, the fabric and wood on the antique ones is far superior. Craftsmanship of the art deco period was especially top notch.
Some Facts About Antique Pool Tables
Pool tables that are antiques generally can be found in 8, 9, and 10-foot sizes. Satinwood is quite commonly used in them, along with the bed having 3 pieces of heavy slate. They usually have six legs and a high quality wood used for the covering. As many as 7 types of wood can be used on the older models.
Antique tables also usually have a hidden drawer underneath the table surface that can hold and store the cue sticks and balls. There are some stunning tables with designs from the Victorian era carved into a light oak wood finish. They are truly a masterpiece! The really exquisite tables can even be found with diamonds and ivory embedded in the rails.
Prices will vary depending on whom you buy from, but for the really extravagant tables, you can pay several thousand dollars. It all depends on the features and quality of the table, as well as the age.
Do your homework and make sure you avoid fake dealers! Pool tables can have lots of design and molding work that can trick you into thinking it’s an antique, but if you know about the types of wood used in antique tables, you can inspect underneath the table and look for that. You should also search for the company name or signature of the craftsman that would give a true portrayal of the age of the pool table. Since today’s tables are no longer made with ivory or diamonds, which would also be a huge clue.
Lastly, take the price into consideration. If it’s too low, it most likely isn’t a true antique. Many antique pool tables have been restored, and therefore have newer parts in some places. If you’re looking for a true antique pool table, then you should try to find one that has had very little, if any, restorative work done.
An antique pool table is a work of art and would be a gorgeous addition to any room! If you want more information on owning or caring for a pool table, call us at Elko. We have a full line of billiard and pool supplies as well.
Elko Spas Billiards & Pools
4718 Northgate Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588