Project Description

Brunswick-Balke-Collender  Cabinet No. 1, circa 1890’s, 4′ x 8′, Carved Quarter-Sawn Oak Antique Pool Table

The Cabinet No. 1 Table represents a dramatic change in table design and presents features of extraordinary novelty.  The bed of the table rests on two cabinets.  The cabinets are opened by dividing doors, above which are drawers.  At one end of the table the drawer runs back far enough to allow cues to be placed in it, dispensing with the necessity of a cue rack.  The other drawer is small in in size and may be used to keep balls, tips, and all supplies needed for the table.  The large spaces in the cabinets beneath the drawers may be made available for the storage of cigars and refreshments.  By this clever arrangement, everything necessary for the game is convenient for the players and is kept out of sight.  No space is required beyond that devoted to the table itself.