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 Medalist features beautifully figured Butt walnut veneer with fancy Birds-Eye maple inlay. Rosewood rail tops and a ball return system make this one of the more spectacular tables of its time.
Original Catalog Description from 1928:
Technical Information: The information below is from page 16 of the 1928 Brunswick Billiard and Bowling Catalog, Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company.
Also available in a "combination" style.
Construction: Built with heavy 5-ply compound sides on which is superimposed top molding specially selected and scientifically kiln-dried lumber, tongued, grooved, and glued. Legs and double strength glued and veneered stock.
Rigidity is secured by fastening the solidly constructed sides into the leg with maple dowels and bolts of heavy metal and still further rigidity is assured by means of cross stretchers extending from side to side and end to end of table.
The wood surface of The Medalist is handsomely figured Butt Walnut with fancy inlay, and hand rubbed to a dull finish.
Slate Bed: Consists of three pieces of the best quality slate of regulation 1" thickness, with all joints secured by brass dowels and sockets. Playing surface is entirely free from screw holes. If desired, slate bed of 1 1/2" thickness can be furnished
Cushion Rails: The cushion rails of The Medalist table are made up of a 3-ply body consisting of three layers of woods of alternating grain glued together to insure the rails against climatic changes. The center layer of these plies is hard maple. This is the layer through which the cushion bolts are placed, and maple is used because it holds the bolts firmly in place.
Rails: The tops of the rails are covered with a rail cap of compound construction faced with solid Rosewood. The rails are securely fastened to the table with invisible cushion bolts. These bolts are covered with blind cushion rail facing built up of 5-ply compound construction faced with specially selected high grade Butt Walnut veneer with fancy inlay.
Cushions: The Medalist table can be equipped with any style Monarch perfect angle cushion.
Pocket Irons: The pocket irons are No. 6 style, countersunk in the ends of the cushion rails by means of brass sockets.