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 even some Gothic elements.
In the High Victorian Era, the J.M. Brunswick & Balke Company designed and created their ‘Novelty’ series of pool tables. Notable features of this series include having the legs of the table are turned at a 45* angle to the cabinet. This draws the discriminating viewer’s eyes to the cabinet where the corners are scooped out, creating a pointed arch – a classic Gothic design element.
The Nonpareil Novelty
Nonpareil defined as “having no equal, peerless” is a perfect description of this magnificent table. With the intricate inlays and the classic novelty leg design there is no doubt that this table was first-class!