A stunning Victorian solid English oak 12ft snooker/billiard table by George Wright & Co of Westminster Bridge Road, London C.1894. The table stands on 8 large fluted legs, with a series of deeply carved faces covering the bolt holes and adorning the under frame. The ‘patent Excelsior’ cushions are solid throughout to ensure a good reaction, the bolts holes featuring brass inserts again being concealed with decorative carved panels, inlaid with the original ivory makers plate. The frame is solid English oak throughout so boasts a gorgeous honey grain, and it supports a 2″ thick bolted welsh slate bed. To further epitomise the Victorian craftsmanship of the table, it features an automatic ball return system where all potted balls run to the spot end through the table. It is believed that the table is a facsimile of the table show at the Chicago Exhibition of 1893, where George Wright & Co won two gold medals. From Sporting Life 11th November 1893 – “George Wright & Co. have been awarded two gold medals at the Chicago Exhibition. One for a handsomely carved oak table, fitted with their patent low Excelsior cushions, and patent automatic pocket. Priced at 1000 guineas”. An identical table was installed at the Moray Lodge, Campden Hill, Kensington And Chelsea to replace the old table with the latest improvements in billiards.

This table will be fully refurbished and will include: complete restoration of the woodwork, new ‘Hainsworth Northern’ cushion rubbers, the finest West of England 6811 wool cloth, hand stitched leathers, cotton bag nets, a full array of accessories and mainland ground floor delivery & installation included in the price.





Sources: Historic England, British Newspaper Archive, Peter Ainsworth