Modern tables are rectangular,
standard-sized and made of wood and slate, but in the past tables
could be as long as 15 feet, circular or triangular, and made of
marble, metal, or even concrete!
Section of end rail of Cast Iron
Table showing manufacturers name
The museum has an octagonal table
made by Thurston in 1908 to fit into a room with a bay window; a
table with a cast-iron frame made by Harris and Son of London; and
a Thurston portable table with a wooden base rumoured to have been
used by the Duke of Wellington and his staff officers during the
Thurston Octagonal Billiard
Thurston Portable Billiard Table
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Clare & Son Ltd. 2018. © Peter N. Clare 2018
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