Four jumbo legs, Butt Walnut and swirl Mahogany are the first elements of the Paragon that catch your eye. Beautiful inlays of Satinwood and ebony complete this dramatic, highly sought after table.
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.
Original Brunswick-Balke-Collender Co. Catalog from 1928:
Construction: Sides made of 5-ply construction, faced with a selected grade of figured Butt Walnut, paneled with specially selected Swirled Mahogany. Top molding, which supplies the chief bearing surface for the slate, is made of compound built-up construction with a dimension of 6 x 3 3/8". Legs are fashioned of 5-ply lumber, solidly glued together, and reinforced with glue blocks at each corner. Sides are dowelled and bolted into legs to assure perfect unit rigidity. Further unit strength obtained from cross stretchers, which also furnish additional bearing for slate surface. Workmanship of this table is of the very best.
Wood used in the construction of the Paragon is exquisitely figured Butt Walnut and Swirl Mahogany, inlaid with Satinwood and Ebony marquetry lines.
Slate bed: Consists of three pieces of the best quality slate of regulation 1" thickness, with all joints rigidly 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 Paragon 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, the most suitable wood for holding cushion bolts firmly in place.
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 a selected grade of figured Butt Walnut veneer handsomely inlaid.
Cushions: The Paragon 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.