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Bought my Brunswick Regina 9ft table in 1972, and have been trying ever since to determine its age. It's a ball return model, with heavy cardboard gullies. It appears in the Brunswick 1923-1924 catalogue, so it's at least 80 years old. Anyone know of a sure-fire answer?
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It's not likely that a specific date can be determined. Brunswick lost their records from a flood, it seems. They are not much help. Even Blatt Billiards lists one of their tables as "circa 1910" and the 1908 catalog has the Regina in it according to Billiard Restoration. You could write or e-mail to some of the restorers that have tables and ask them where your serial number is relative to theirs (if your table has one) but they are not that likely to know the dates of their own tables.
Three of the larger operations are at:
I am not familiar with cardboard gulleys but features like that might help to identify the possible manufacture date. I have a Monroe with a ball box similar to the Regina. Mine is around 1918 but the Regina might be earlier.
Ken in CT
Your reply was great, and the links were right on target. The illustrations of my table were really spectacular, but, in all modesty, I have to say that my table is even more impressive than those shown. It even has some original kick marks in the legs left by some guy 100 years ago, who blew an easy shot! The cardboard gullies were quite an innovation for their time, sealing out dust, and super quiet. I had to replace one, however (the left foot), due to a sag. Used a length of 3" pcv pipe for a perfect fit. Somewhat noisier, however.
davott, I remember reading a post about a company in Kansas that might help with an ID on a table. I believe it was Joe Newell CO or something similar. Maybe someone will have that info.
If you took your table apart to below the slates you will see an identification number. Your rail numbers should agree with that number.That will tell what year the table was made if you have the records which Brunswick lost. Joe Newell might have copied the numbers before the flood. At one time you could view the Brunswick Library in Chicago before they made the mistake of moving all their precious materials to West Virginia.####
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