Antique Life Pool Stevens Mahogany Snooker Scoreboard c1890s (SOLD)
Very Rare Mahogany Life Pool Snooker Scoreboard circa 1890s
Robert Stevens Sons & Co Heddon Street – Regents Street, London
A Beautiful Snooker Life Pool Scoreboard in Mahogany by Robert Stevens Sons & Co
This solid Mahogany Scoreboard is complete and in near original condition with Makers Name and Address in Gold Leaf Detailing on Black background, it has four brass fixings so can be secured in place or on your wall. This scoreboard has wonderful detail and it’s in perfect condition for its age with very nice large ivory markers, Mother of pearl inlay and Roller scoreboards with all numbers in good order, all the stars are in place and all in perfect working order, the blackboard is also in excellent condition. The sliding markers all have all the colours written in gold leaf on black background and are all in excellent original order.
Size at widest points are 35 inches wide - 26 inches high approx.
A very rare example in this condition and the perfect investment.
Please see all pictures for Detail, Condition and Style
Only this scoreboard in the pictures are for sale
Early history of R Stevens and Sons
Stevens and sons where established in 1830 and by 1860 where located at Great Scotland Yard and Villiers Street Charing Cross. By 1870 the Scotland Yard premises where vacated and they traded only from the Charring cross premises in Villiers Street from 1871. By 1889 this partnership was dissolved, but Richard carried on trading under the name, R Stevens Billiard table maker’s trade name until around 1917. Also from just after this date (1890) Stevens take over a warehouse at 31 Heddon Street, and install Robert Stevens. This site immediately begins to trade in second-hand tables listing tables manufactured by all the leading London makers. By the end of this decade Robert Stevens had started to advertise on his own account from the Heddon Street address but seems to stop in 1901, this was probably due to building developments which were going on in this area around this time. Richard Stevens was retired by 1917 leaving the partnership between his two sons, Alfred Richard and Herbert Donald. Both of the sons continued a new partnership following their father’s departure under the same name. A R Stevens continues trading under the Stevens name until 1960s at 31 Villiers St London.
Life Pool Brief Information
An extremely popular game from the early 1800s and can be played by as many as 12 participants and has a collective stake to play for Each player begins with 3 lives, a life is lost if another player pots your ball or a foul is committed, another life can be purchased buy using the star mechanism only once. Around 1875, life pool merged with Black Pool to form the new game of which started snooker, today one of the most popular Cue Sports in the world.