File returned by the Victoria & Albert Museum
In 2017 contact was
made by the Victoria & Albert museum (V & A), they had
recently found a file of Thurston papers and wished to return them.
Some 30+ years earlier a number of files had been lent to the
museum containing old drawings etc. but most had already been
return. The file which the V & A found had been overlooked when
the other files had been sent back and as the V & A didn't want
to keep the file they checked that Thurston would take it
There were some
quite interesting items some of which have been photographed to add
to the the Snooker Heritage site. Some original drawings by Frank
Brangwyn R.A. show his design which were made into actual pieces by
Thurston which were shown in their catalogue.
The above pictures are from one of the old Thurston
catalogues and you can clearly see that the finished articles were
faithfully produced from the artists design. He also designed the
rather splendid table table Design No. 15.
There were also a Billiard Room design concepts -
for which we do not know the artists.
There is the original of a certificate of a
record Billiard break by Tom Reece.
The break was 1825 with 899 consecutive cannons in
a mct against M. Inman. The Certificate notes that it was made on a
Standard Billiard Table in Thurston, Leicester Square on
14th March 1907
Thurston Match Room, Leicester Square.
The marking board has M. Inman and J. Davis names
The above picture is the Thurston Match Room in ,
we believe, Cape Town probably circa. 1928 and the match was
between Geldenhuis Deep and Crown Mines, both teams were competing
in the Mines Billiard Championship.
Acknowledgement - Peter Ainsworth for providing
information on the South African picture
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