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Folding Bagatelle Table for sale - St. Albans


Folding Bagatelle Table for sale - St. Albans

It is occasionally possible to pick up antique Victorian/Edwardian folding boards from antique shops although they are usually in poor condition and often unplayable. Consequently, Masters Traditional Games occasionally selects an old Bagatelle table for reconditioning. This one is the Grand-daddy of all such folding tables - it is a massive 9 feet long when unfolded which is as long as some of the free-standing slate-bed tables. The table is made from solid Mahogany with brass catches and lock and inlaid scoring strips along each side and is now a gorgeous article.

The manufacturer is unknown but the history can be seen all over the now beautifully restored exterior. It was probably made in the 1880s or 1890s.

This Victorian folding Bagatelle table has been reconditioned by an expert antique restorer. The craftsman in question has decades of experience and has put a lot of time into repairing and making good this table because it was in quite a state when we obtained it. Primary work effected is as follows:

Loose woodwork has been repaired
All woodwork has been stripped and then polished to give a beautiful new finish
New rubber cushions installed
Semi-circularwooden strip under cush at the end replaced
Re-covered with new high quality woollen baize
The underneath has also been re-covered with the same baize.
Lock repaired and made to work with the key that is still retained
The 9 cups (which are still original and intact) have been reseated in order to be playable
Retaining end-piece restored, polished and made to fit (seals end and stop contents escaping)

Additionally, Masters Traditional Games have supplied two modern Peradon quality two-piece cues, a set of modern balls and a full rules sheet so that play can commence immediately.

SOLD: Nov 2007

The only slight niggle is that slight pressure needs to be applied on one side when opening, otherwise it is stiff.

The table can be collected from St. Albans or Brentwood and we would recommend viewing before buying. Due to its size and unique nature, we do not wish to send the board by courier but we may be able to make other delivery arrangements.

For more information, please email or ring Masters Traditional Games.

See also: Old English Bagatelle.

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