19th Century Victorian Thurston Billiard Snooker and Life Pool Scoreboard For Sale
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19th Century Victorian Thurston Billiard Snooker and Life Pool Scoreboard

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A fine and rare Antique Victorian mahogany billiard, snooker and life pool Scoreboard by Thurston & Co. London, circa 1880 in date. The combined billiards, snooker and life pool scoreboard has many features including: Two glazed lockable cupboards for the balls. The billiard scorer has rollers with gold painted numbers, 0 to 100, and two slides to mark your score. The life pool board consists of 12 slides with coloured discs, each colour representing the player's cue ball, the colours being white, red, yellow, green, brown, blue, pink, black, spot white, spot red, spot yellow and spot green. Each slide when pulled out reveals three discs, one for each life. There are also 'stars' hidden, to mark extra lives. Fitted central to the scoreboard is a slate for keeping scores. Between the ball cupboards are 12 glazed compartments for each player to place their stake money for the game of life pool. Once the money has been placed into the slots it cannot be retrieved until the game is over and the drawer is unlocked and opened. Upon opening the drawer the stake money drops into it to be collected. The game of Life Pool can be played by a number of players, who form the pool. Each player has their own coloured ball and loses a life each time the ball is potted by an opponent. When a player loses all of his lives he is out of the game. Complete with working lock and key. Condition: In excellent condition having been cleaned and polished in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation. Dimensions in cm: Height 57 x width 66 x depth 5 Dimensions in inches: Height 22.4 x width 26.0 x depth 2.0 John Thurston (1777-1850) was an apprentice cabinetmaker at Gillows of Lancaster’s. In 1799 he established his own company and specialized in billiard tables and associated billiard room furniture, at his premises in Catherine Street, Strand, London. One of his most famous tables was that supplied to Longwood house on St. Helena, which was used by Napoleon during his exile after the Battle of Waterloo. In 1826 an innovative John Thurston introduced the first slate bed on a billiard table and supplied it to “White's Club” in 1832. He was promptly granted the Royal Warrant to his Majesty King George IV, followed in 1833 by that of his Majesty King William IV and finally her Majesty Queen Victoria (1837) on the completion of a table for Windsor Castle. After his death in 1850 the company continued to flourish and won a Gold medal at the Great exhibition of 1851. In addition to the honour of further Royal Warrants bestowed in the 20th century, important architects and designers, for example Charles Voysey, Frank Brangwyn and William Morris, were encouraged to design Thurston tables and many famous writers including Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and JB Priestly described them in their novels.   

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    H 22.45 in. x W 25.99 in. x D 1.97 in.H 57 cm x W 66 cm x D 5 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    06575
  • Reference Number
    LU950615727521
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