H.W. Collender Imperial Circa 1882
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This very rare table was produced by the H.W. Collender Company in New York, circa 1882. H.W. Collender merged with Brunswick and Balke to form the Brunswick Balke Collender Company in 1879. However, the two companies served as separate entities until 1884 when they became the largest conglomerate in the billiard industry from that point until where it is today.
This "Imperial" is a 4.5' x 9' regulation size that is comprised of an intricately decorated ornamental cast iron exterior that we have put through an extensive eight month restoration process to remove the old paint that was on the exterior and apply this custom "antique nickel" plated finish.
The top rail (or bumper) system is the ony exterior part that is wood and not cast iron. The rails have a rosewood top and side surface.
This table would have been originally painted a "stove black" finish with some gold painted highlights. The high quality casting process used over 130 years ago produced a remarkable surface that we were able to successfully apply this finish to, showing the actual beauty and details in this incredible table instead of painting the surface as original.
Please note, the table does not have rail cushions or rail cloth applied. This work will be perfomed once the purchaser selects cloth color (currently shown in slate grey).
My restored tables typically cost in the $15,000-$85,000 range, however, this very special table far exceeds the rarity and price of any other antique pool table shown on this website.
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