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 Chateau is unique, with its jumbo legs turned 45 degrees, and it appealed to room keepers looking for a pool table design with clean, simple lines. Smooth, flat surfaces that did not collect dust and a finish that hid fingerprints were most in demand.
From the Original Catalog Description in 1916:
The following is from page 42 of the 1916 Billiard Book Catalogue of the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company.
The Chateau design will at once appeal to those room keepers who appreciate the advantages of having furniture built with flat surfaces which are proof against dust accumulations. The Chateau is protected by design patent and is strictly up-to-date. Furnished in carom and with pockets. Manufactured under various patents granted from 1900 to 1916.
It’s also available as a combination table.
Wood and Finish: Furnished in quarter-sawed oak and Mahogany. The oak is finished in our No. 6 medium or golden color, The mahogany is finished in our regular No. 2 stock mahogany color with white holly inlay with black border. The finish is what is known as rubbed and polished finish. After being given the ordinary cabinet finish it is hand rubbed to a dull lustre, which can be more easily kept clean than any other furniture finish.
Construction: This table has what is known in our factory as the jumbo framework, which means that it is unusually heavy and has enormous carrying weight. The top of the side and end sections are 8 /12" across, gradually tapering to 1 3/4" at the bottom, with the sides and ends 16" high. Both sides veneered. It is also provided with double cross stretchers, reinforced at end with blocks 8 1/4" long by 1 3/4" thick by 14" wide stretched to side frame. Both of the side stretchers are secured by 6" " bolts to the reinforcing bocks, making an extraordinary strong bridge work. The sides are attached to the head blocks formed by the corner legs and secured thereto by 3/4" hardwood dowels reinforced by one 8" frame bolt countersunk in 2 1/4" blocks glued to the side fences. The table is built in sections and can be taken apart for K. D. shipment. Legs are 8 1/2" square, tongued and grooved compound construction, reinforced by corner blocks, double cross veneered inside and out and rigidly built into end framework of body. The wood construction is all of the very best quality, cabinet made, and put together in a most thorough manner. All joints made close and secure and all mitres absolutely accurate. Joints are tongued and grooved, strongly doweled and glued firmly together. All corners and edges made perfectly smooth and true.
Cushion Rails: 1 3/4" thick x 3 3/8". Rail with facing complete 2 1/4" x 4 1/8". Compound construction built up of various kinds of hard woods of different grain to insure strength and prevent the wood being affected by climatic conditions. Invisible cushion bolts covered by what is know as blind cushion rails built up in 5-ply thicknesses placed in an alternate run of grain, with fancy figured veneer on the exterior. Cap rails 7/8" thick x 2 7/8" hardwood covered with rosewood 1 1/4" thick. Solid rosewood corners. Ivory diamond sights. Inlaid with metal fancy name plate. 8 rail bolts on sides and 4 on each end of 4 1/2 x 9' table.
Slate Bed: Good quality Vermont, 3 pieces to the set. The joints are made with brass dowels and sockets with no screw holes in playing surface. Thickness of slate 1". Wood reinforcing frame 1 1/8" thick. Wood trim for pocket openings.
Cushions: The cushions furnished with this table, unless otherwise specified, are our celebrated Match Game perfect angle Monarch. These cushions are made in our own rubber plant at Muskegon, Michigan from a secret formula which the chemists of rival concerns have never been able to master. 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.
Pockets: The pocket irons are the No. 6 style. Black leather reinforced at point of contact for extra durability. Best quality red trimming leather and green fringe. No. 10 best quality green worsted or Longfellow leather pockets, as may be preferred.
Weight: 8' model: 1,380 pounds; 9' model: 1,538 pounds; 10' model: 1,825 pounds.