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.
A beautiful representative of the Jumbo-series, the Hudson boasts Circassian Walnut veneer frame with elaborate Ebony and Mother of Pearl inlays. Circassian walnut is a type of English walnut highlighted with swirls and curves.
From the Original Catalog Description in 1926:
Manufactured under 22 construction patents awarded from 1900 through 1916. Design patent awarded on August 22, 1911. Furnished in either four or six leg models.
From the 1926 Brunswick-Balke-Collender Co. catalog, page 10:
Wood and Finish: Beautifully figured butt walnut inlaid with black ebony, mother of pearl and celluloid, and hand rubbed to a dull finish.
Construction: The Hudson table is a super type of construction known as the Jumbo and represents the maximum of solidity and rigidity in billiard table manufacture. All wood parts are made of heavy compound constructed, specially selected and scientifically dried lumber, veneered on both sides by cross veneer of alternating grain and faced with the very best quality of highly figured butt walnut veneer. Top molding is built up of compound construction 8 1/8" x 3 3/8" and faced with a cross veneer being attained by means of double veneering both inside and outside, and further held firm by glue blocks in all corners. Legs faced with best quality butt walnut to match sides. Rigidity of whole table and extra bearing surface for slate furnished by double cross stretchers running crossways and lengthwise of the table. Sides fastened into legs with maple dowels and heavy iron bolts to keep table absolutely rigid. Whole table made in most thorough and careful manner and represents the highest attainment in the art of woodworking.
The Slate Bed: The slate bed consists of three pieces of the best quality slate, regulation size 1 inch thick, with all joints secured by brass dowels and sockets. It has no screw holes on the playing surface. If desired, 1 1/2" slate can be furnished.
The Cushion Rails: The cushion rails, which are one of the most vital parts of a billiard table, are made up with what is known as 3-ply body consisting of three layers of woods of alternating grain glued together to insure the rails against climatic changes. The center piece of these plies is hard maple, the most suitable wood to hold the cushion bolts firmly in place.
The body of the rail is covered with a rail cap of compound construction faced with solid rosewood. The rails are securely fastened to the table by invisible cushion bolts. These bolts are covered by blink cushion rail facing which is built up of 5--ply compound construction and faced with specially selected high grade walnut veneer inlaid with black ebony, celluloid and mother of pearl.
Cushions: The Hudson table can be furnished with any style Monarch Perfect Angle cushions.
The Pocket Irons: The pocket irons are our No. 6 style, which are countersunk in the ends of the cushion rails by means of brass sockets.
The Playing Equipment: The playing equipment furnished with the Hudson is as ordered.