The dawn of the 20th century brought new designs and innovations in architecture, art and pool tables. Cubism, Prairie Style, and Modernism were evolving into the early signs of the Deco era. The Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company began creating pool tables with a massive body style and large elephant leg columns as legs. These Jumbo framework tables are known for their unusual strength, durability and, of course, design.
The Arcade features beautifully figured mahogany and detailed inlays of Mother of Pearl and white and black holly. The distinctive ornamental blocks, jumbo framework and hand rubbed finish create a unique look that set the Arcade apart from the other pool tables of the era.
Original Brunswick-Balke-Collender Catalog Description from 1922 & 1923:
Can be furnished either with four or six legs-we recommend four legs only for the 4 ½ x 9 size.
This magnificent design marks a new era in the highest class of billiard table construction and ornamentation. It carries a suggestion of the classic Greek and ancient Egyptian, touching a period when the Oriental splendor bid fair to outrival the more classic tones and studied effects characterizing the era when Athens claimed the right to school the world in literature and art. The severely plain in furniture, is now giving way to the lighter and more artistic coloring effects of inlaid decorations.
Stock Sizes: 4 ½ x 9' at 2,265 pounds and 5 x 10' at 2,760 pounds.
Wood and finish: Beautifully figured mahogany rubbed and polished. After being given the ordinary cabinet finish it is hand rubbed to a dull polish. White and black holly and pearl inlay.
Construction: This table has what is known in our factory as the Jumbo framework which means that it is unusually heavy and substantial. The ornamental blocks have a projection of 5 7/8" x 4 7/8" and 3 in. thick. The sides are compound construction, being tongued and grooved and glued. Double veneered outside and inside. Cross stretchers are bolted to reinforcing blocks, making a rigid bridgework. Legs 12 in square at bottom x 9" at top, capped by a 5" square block, bringing them flush with the top of the frame, to which they are secured by bolts and screws. They are built up in compound construction, tongued and grooved, doweled and reinforced by corner blocks, double cross veneered inside and outside and rigidly built in a most thorough manner. All joints made close and secure and all mitres absolutely accurate. Joints tongued and grooved, strongly doweled and glued firmly together. All corners and edges made perfectly smooth and true.
Cushion Rails: Compound construction, built up with various kinds of hardwoods of different grain to insure strength and prevent its being affected by climatic conditions. Invisible cushion bolts covered by what is known as Blind Cushion Rails, built up in 6-ply material placed in an alternate run of grain with fancy figured veneer on the exterior. Inlaid with white and black holly. Cap rails of Rosewood. Solid rosewood corners. Round pearl sights. Inlaid metal fancy nameplate. Eight rail bolts on each side and four on each end of the 4 1/2' x 9' table.
Slate Bed: Best quality slate, three pieces to the set. All joints secured with brass dowels and sockets. No screw holes on playing surface. Regulation slate 1" thick. Reinforced with wood frame. If desired, 1 ½" slate can be furnished. Hardwood trim at pocket openings.
The Cushions: The cushions furnished with this table, unless otherwise specified, are our celebrated Match Game perfect angle. These are made in our own rubber factory at Muskegon, Michigan, from a secret formula used exclusively by us. Our guarantee as to their accuracy of angle, speed and durability is evidenced by the name plate countersunk in the top of the cushion rail.
Pocket Irons: The pocket irons are our No. 6 style, which are countersunk in the ends of the cushion rails by means of a brass socket. The black cover leathers are reinforced at the point of contact, giving extra durability.