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BILLIARD & SNOOKER TABLES
The game Billiards of which snooker was derived from, is thought to be played as early as the 1340's, with Louis XI of France owning a billiard table in the 1470's, John Roberts (Junior), Billiards Champion, visited India in 1885, at a dinner invitation with Chamberlain and the Maharajah of Cooch Behar, he enquired about the rules of snooker. He then introduced the game into England, although it was many years before it became widely played there. Manufacturers of billiards equipment soon realised that their was commercial possibilities from snooker, and by the end of the 1800's the game had developed, these early tables were put into production and are as we know them today, by the end of the 1800s Snooker Billiard tables were in demand and at this time we had the top English manufactures, such as Thurston, Ormes, John Bennett, R Stevens, George Wright, .Burroughes & Watts, and Cox & Yeman to name just a few.
The tables were mainly made in seven sizes:- 5' x 2 ½' (152 x 76 cm), 6' x 3' (183 x 91.5 cm), 7' x 3 ½' ( 214 x 107 cm), 8' x 4' (244 x 122 cm), 9' x 4 ½' (274 x 137 cm), 10' x 5' (305 x 152 cm) and 12' x 6' (366 x 183 cm). These different size Snooker/Billiard Tables have been manufactured since the 1870's, before this time the majority of tables were Full-Size which is 12' x 6' (366 x 183 cm). The tables of today are manufactured in these sizes
CONVERTIBLE DINING TABLES
These wonderful convertible tables were developed in the UK around 1880s and were designed to bring snooker into the home, soon these were in many dining rooms, some being rarely used for formal dining. These tables are extremely popular because of the dual purpose facility. They were also manufactured with a dual-height mechanism - one height for playing the other for dining. These tables come in five sizes:- 5ft (152 x 76 cm), 6 ft (183 x 91.5 cm), 7 ft (214 x 107 cm), 8 ft (244 x 122 cm) and 9 ft (274 x 137cm. All games can be played on these tables ie pool, snooker, billiards. It was essential that these tables were manufactured with a slate bed playing surfaces. Roll -Over dinning tables were also produced around this time.
This game can also referred to as Russian Billiards and is thought to have derived from Bagatelle. The game was very popular and was mainly played in clubs and pubs in the UK, a Bar Billiard League and Association was formed. The game is played on a slate Bar Billiard Table - playing from one end only and using 9 holes, plus a set skittles or mushroom shaped skittles in front of some of the holes. These tables have a unique built in timer and is normally coin operated by a slot mechanism - each game is timed for around 15 minutes. These were manufactured by some of our top makers, such as Jelks & Sons, Padmore, Burroughes & Watts, Sam's and E J Riley.