High Victorian style was popular during the later part of the 19th century. This architectural style appeared in buildings, artwork, and pool tables. The design was characterized by an eclectic assortment of patterns, textures, and colors, and Gothic elements.
While elaborate tables were popular in large social settings, the homeowners of that era were wanting something scaled for their homes. In response, the J.M. Brunswick & Balke Company designed and created the Eclipse pool table. Available in 7’, 8’ and 9’ sizes, the Eclipse embodied all the luxury and style of the high end tables, in a smaller, yet sturdy package.
This Eclipse, shown in Bird’s Eye Maple, with beautiful intricate inlays of assorted exotic woods including French Walnut, California Laurel, and Rosewood.
Original J. M. Brunswick and Balke Co. Catalog from 1878:
A more compact, strong, convenient or desirable small carom or pool table, which is low priced and at the same time perfect in construction, is not made. Fitted with Monarch Cushions, instead of the thin, worthless rubber strips, or heavy with an inferior compound, used by most manufacturers on small tables, we give a 4x8, 4 1/2 x 9 first class table with a new and complete high priced outfit. We improve and vary the designs and ornamental inlaying as found practical, and the fact that hundreds of rooms are supplied with the Eclipse is evidence that the table, although small, is a big favorite. The sizes of these tables make them desirable for small rooms. A space 14 x 17 1/2 feet is large enough for the 4x8 size and allows the use of full length cues. They can be made up in 3 1/2 x 7 if desired.
We ornament and inlay the Eclipse with veneers of Bird's-eye maple, French Walnut, California Laurel, Mahogany, Burl Ash or Rosewood.
Available in 7', 8' and 9' sizes, in pool, carom or combination tables.
Pricing for the 8 and 9' table shown in this price list as:
8' pool: $250. 8' carom: $225. 8' combination: $300.
9' pool: $275. 9' carom: $250. 9' combination: $325.
7' prices available on request.