03
Oct
08

the anniversary

The Brunswick Anniversary pool table is arguably one of the finest pool tables in history. Designed by Donald Deskey, who also designed the interior of Radio City Music Hall, The Anniversary was manufactured to commemorate 100 years of Brunswick.  First offered in the 1946 Brunswick catalog, this pool table offered sturdy construction, exceptional beauty of design and lasting quality.  Currently, The Billiard Barn has six Anniversary pool tables in various conditions.  If you want only the best, you can get it here.
From the 1946 Brunswick Catalog - The Anniversary featured:
Legs: Two oval shaped laminated legs with 6′ polished aluminum bands. Legs are bolted to massive base frame.
Finish: All exposed surfaces except playing rails are finished in walnut. Grooves in apron are finished in off-white color. Playing rails have special walnut burn-resistant finish. All concealed wood surfaces are treated with a moisture repellent. The aluminum corner castings are anodized and polished.
Slate: A matched set of slate, consisting of three pieces of one inch thick, each piece backed up by a wood frame, is mounted on top of base frame. The slate joints are kept in perfect alignment by means of metal dowels and ferrules. Slate is accurately drilled for rail bolts. Slate is fastened to slate frame by concealed screws. The bottom of slate frame is planed and the top surface of the slate precision ground to obtain a level surface.
Aprons: Select cabinet woods contoured to flow into rounded edge of rail and corner castings. Fitted with hardwood attaching member for assembly to rail and sturdily braced to base frame. Roomy ball rack in foot and apron of gulley and pocket tables has four compartments holding give balls each.
Rail Castings: Aluminum castings with a natural finish at each pocket opening. The castings have a smooth rounded contour and are molded to receive pockets.
Corner castings: Aluminum castings at each corner. These corners have a smooth rounded contour and carefully molded to receive pockets.
Pocket and Pad: A one piece molded, canvas backed semi-hard rubber composition pocket and pad is provided for pocket openings.
Rails: 1 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ wide in exposed surface of select cabinet woods, walnut finished. The latest improved Brunswick cushions of live rubber, cemented to rail edge and covered with cushion cloth. Individual rails can be removed quickly without dismantling aprons. Rails have large rounded contour. Mother of pearl sights are located in proper positions.