Description

An extremely rare and historically significant full size billiard or snooker table by Thurston & Co of Catherine Street, Strand, London C.1842. This table is one of just a handful of tables manufactured from the oak timbers of HMS Royal George, a warship sunk off Spithead in 1782 (table no.2205). The wreck was salvaged in 1840 and the timber was auctioned, where John Thurston purchased a selection of oak suitable for manufacturing billiard tables. Only three were thought to have been made: one for Queen Victoria at Windsor castle and two facsimiles. The table at Windsor castle was destroyed during the blitz, as it was on display at Thurston’s showrooms in Leicester Square in 1942. A second table is on show at Burghley House, near Stamford, meaning this table is the only other known Royal George table, and certainly the only offered for sale.

The table is completely original, retaining its 1″ bolted welsh slate bed and brass pocket plates. The grain from the English oak is unbelievable on the frame, legs and cushions. This table will be fully refurbished including stripping and polishing the woodwork, new cushion rubbers, hand stitched pocket leathers & cotton bag nets, and new West of England 6811 wool cloth. The original scoreboard, a full compliment of accessories and mainland ground floor delivery and installation is also included in the price.