|Title:||Monarch Cushions Brunswick Balke Collender Pool Table 1800's|
|Description:||An Antique Pool Table|
|Condition:||Was restored 25 yrs. ago..perfect condition. Was purchased fr. Blatt Billiards NYC. I paid twenty five thous. or more for it. I have reciept. I want to sell it now and want to be sure of the value.|
|Origin:||Blatt Billiards NYC. They sell Antique pool tables and fully restore them. I selected a table and they restored it...sent their team to my home (300) miles away to install it for us.|
|Provenance:||I have no idea.|
|Appraised By:||Mike Wilcox|
|History Of The Item:||Brunswick was founded by John Moses Brunswick (1819–1886), born in Bremgarten, Switzerland who came to the United States at the age of 15. The J.M. Brunswick Manufacturing Company opened for business on 15 September 1845 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Originally J.M. Brunswick intended his company to be mainly in the business of making carriages, but soon after opening his machine shop he became fascinated with billiards, and decided that making billiard tables would be more lucrative, as the better tables then in use in America were imported from England. Brunswick billiard tables were a commercial success, and the business expanded and opened up the first of what would become many branch offices in Chicago, Illinois in 1848. In 1873, the Brunswick company merged with competitor Great Western Billiard Manufactory owned by Julius Balke to become the Brunswick & Balke Company, incorporated with a capital stock of 275,000 U.S. dollars. In 1884, another competitor, H.W. Collender Company of New York, was absorbed to form the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company.|
|Appraiser Tips:||With antique furniture a lot of it's appeal and value is tied up in it's condition and finish. To maintain the finish all that's needed is regular dusting and waxing one or twice a year. it is also important to keep these pieces away from direct sunlight and extreme changes in humidity and temperature that can cause warping and cracking.|
|Research Sources:||Funk & Gruven Antiques icollector.com liveauctioneer.com|
|Appraiser Comments:||The higher one goes on the quality scale, the more limited the market for that item. Pool tables that sell in excess of $20,000.00 are items that tend to hold their value well, but are more difficult to sell in a troubled or downward trending economy. Today comparable Brunswick Balke Collender pool tables to yours in very good condition have sold at auction for less than $10,000, their top of line Monarch models selling for about $26,000 at auction. In the current market we would estimate the value of your table at $20,000.00|
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