D.L. Schwarz, Inc.
Master Billiard Restorer
Involved in our restoration prossess is a great deal of care to keep to the original beauty and build on the not only outside but also inside of these tables.
Depending on the table, we use the same methods to refinish the tables. For example on this table hide glue was used to adhere the veneer to the rebuit piece of wood that was rotted away.
This prossess takes time and skill, but when the final touches are added to these works of art, it is worth the wait.
The links below show an example of a finised table. This anniversary addition was in used condition, some damage to the wood of the rails body and legs due to age and play. Repairing normal wear and tear was the first step in our restoration prossess.
We take the table apart piece by piece, carefully removing the stain and smoothing over damaged areas and repairing any faulty parts in structure or hardware. after stripping the wood and polishing the metal we applied new bumper cushions for a new and crisp play of the table.
After restoring the wood, polishing the metal, some tables such as this one take a finer touch of detail work. The pinstripes on the rail aprons were applied with care and precision to maintain the original aesthetics.
This link below shows a repalced rail cap. New wood had to be cut to size to replace old damaged wood and joined with the original piece to conform to the shape of the table.
There are some special points to be made about the restoration of antiques as opposed to modern pool tables or factory made reproductions. The main point is that if you like your furniture to have clean, crisp lines, flat surfaces, and unscarred, flawless look --- well, as the Master Restorer said to me, you shouldn‘t have antiques because you don’t deserve them. The whole idea of an antique is that it brings the character of time gone by into our time. The signs of wear and use are part of that character. Of course, this is a purist’s point of view—the point of view that museums take. This is why we call ourselves restorers not refinishers there is a big difference. Some of our customers have referred to us as conservators instead of refinishers. So give us a call and we will be happy to look over your job from the conservator’s point of view. We will go to every extreme to save as much as possible, if not all, of the original wood and table repairing it, and only replacing parts if there is no other way to affect a repair. Then we will do everything possible to duplicate the original, in look, quality, and material of the original part.
D.L. Schwarz, Inc.
Master Billiard Restorer
This table has been conservatively restore keeping at least 90% of all the original wood veneer on the table all repairs has been blended in with the original table, as per our mission statement on the restoration of old tables. This table does have the 1.5 inch slate option on it.
This table can be delivered and set up at or location, additional charges may apply, or package and shipped to your location with shipping and handling charges to apply.
We have restored the table for a customer whom has to part with that table much to his disappointment. He had it restored for his family but they can not fit this wonderful piece in to their home. He is now asking fair market value on the table for sale.
Brunswick Billiard Table St. Bernard Mission
This information was taken from the 1908-1909 Brunswick Balke Collender Co. catalog, page 32:.
Produced under 18 construction patents awarded from 1892 to 1905
The St. Bernard Mission style of construction and finish is by reason of its simplicity, plainness and substantial appearance, well adapted to billiard room uses, especially for hotels, clubs and private residences. The table is thoroughly well built from solid oak and finished in the conventional Old Mission color without polish or luster.
The slate bed is best quality Vermont one in thick, the sections being joined with brass dowels and sockets. No screw holes on the playing surface. Can be furnished with slate 1 1/2" in thickness where desired, at a small advance in cost.
The cushions are the celebrated quick acting Monarch, guaranteed the most perfect angle cushion in the world. Used by all professional players in America and Europe.
The cushion rails are of extra heavy construction and firmly bolted to the slate bed. In all of our high grade tables, what is termed a "blind cushion rail" is made use of, that is the bolts holding the cushion rails to the slate bed are concealed by woodwork. This eliminates the cheap appearing ornamental bolt caps and gives greater weight to the cushion rail, which means better results from the cushions. The cushion rail tops are veneered with rosewood, which does not change color, cannot be easily disfigured with lighted cigars and does not have the objectional features of a varnish finish.
Either size table can be furnished in combination style if desired.