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Antique Tables
Anniversary
From the 1946 Brunswick Billiard Equipment and Supplies Catalog No. 101 on the Brunswick Anniversary Pocket Billiard Table:

With its new convenience features, the Anniversary raises standards of value for lower priced tables. Never before has there been a table that offers so much in its price range! Its sturdy construction, exceptional beauty of design and lasting quality help the Anniversary extend a constant invitation to play that few can resist.

Using specially selected woods, Brunswick master craftsmen have made the Anniversary rich looking as well as thoroughly practical. Its beautiful walnut finish is smartly accented by the off-white of the corner castings and aprons grooves. The scuff resistant white plastic material on base of legs reduces maintenance problems and retains the new look of equipment longer.

Only Brunswick quality production makes it possible to put into the Anniversary such features as the new roomy ball storage rack, new type pockets and pads that eliminate irons, and stronger, more accurate rails. Corner pockets are hidden from view to carry out the streamline appearance of the table.

The Anniversary table comes in a complete line. 4x8', 4 1/2 x9', gully and pocket styles with a 5x10' available in the snooker model. Carom tables are made in 4 1/2 x 9' and 5x10' sizes. All are covered with America's favorite cloth, Brunswick standard green Monarch.

Flat type wall cue rack holding 12 cues is standard equipment with Anniversary tables. Long lasting, flexible rubber fingers hold cues firmly in place. Ivorylene balls are included with each pocket or snooker table. Blue Spot carom balls are included with carom table.

Anniversary Carom Tables, moderately priced, are the equal of any table in p laying accuracy. The slate, the rail construction, the cushions, the all-around solid construction of this carom table encourage good play. Many improvements have been made over pre-war tables. Only Brunswick production methods, based on over a century of billiard table designing and construction, make such value possible.

From the Fall 1949 Brunswick Catalog: Billiard Supplies and Equipment:
The handsome lines of the Anniversary table invite players to pick up a cue. The use of aluminum in a modern design attractively combines with dark, rich walnut in a table that's moderately priced, built for accurate play and easy maintenance. Specifications:

Legs: Two oval shaped laminated legs with 6' polished aluminum bands. Legs are bolted to massive base frame.

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.

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.

Style: Anniversary tables come in the following styles: 4x8', 4 1/2 x 9' gully; 4x8', 4 1/2 x9' pocket; 4x8', 4 1/2x9' and 5x10' carom; 4 1/2' x9' and 5x10' snooker.

Base frame: The massive base frame is constructed of hardwoods, consisting of two side rails, two end rails, and stretchers. The two end rails, longitudinal stretchers and horizontal cross members give a positive support to slate bed.

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.

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.

Rail Castings: Aluminum castings with a natural finish at each pocket opening. Thee 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.

From the 1963 Brunswick Billiards Anniversary Sell sheet
From the legs to the rails, the Anniversary reflects over a century of billiard craftsmanship. Now, a touch of satin aluminum brings out the traditional beauty of a natural walnut finish.

Formica rails, performance proven by Brunswick, withstands cigarette burns, defy scratching and marring, yet a damp cloth keeps the rails sparkling clean. Rigid construction gives you 1 3/4" thick and 4 1/2" wide rails.

On the Anniversary you will find the "live action" of Monarch cushions. Here, too, you'll find "registered slates", guaranteed to be perfectly matched.

Your choice of Monarch pockets or gullys. Monarch cushion cloth is attached to rails, ready for play.

Two full length oval shaped pedestal legs support the weight of slates, insuring even distribution of weight, and a perfect playing surface. Only selected cabinet wood goes into the table aprons.

Pocket openings feature solid aluminum castings. New recessed screws hold pockets rigid and will not nick or chip balls. Four roomy, five ball compartments conveniently positioned in the foot end of table.

- Legs: Two oval shaped plywood legs with 7" off-white plastic finished bases. Legs are bolted to massive base frame.

- Aprons: Select cabinet woods of contour 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 end apron of gully and pocket tables has four compartments holding five balls each.

- Rails: Select cabinet wood, walnut finished.

- Finish: All exposed surfaces except playing rails are finished in walnut. Grooves in apron are finished in off-white color. Playing rails have especial walnut burn-resistant finish. All concealed wood surfaces are treated with a moisture repellent. The aluminum corner castings are finished with off-white baked enamel.

- Base Frame: The massive base frame is constructed of hardwoods, consisting of two side rails, two end rails and two cross stretchers. The entire top surface is carefully leveled to receive slate.

- Slate: A matched set of slate, consisting of three pieces 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. Entire playing surface is left unmarred by screws. Slate is tightly anchored to base frame. The bottom of slate frame is planed and the top surface of the slate ground to obtain uniform thickness throughout.

- Rails: 1 3/4" thick x 4 1/2" wide in the exposed surface, of select cabinet woods. Fitted with the latest improved Brunswick cushions, containing live rubber, cemented to rail edge and covered with cushion cloth held tightly in position by means of a concealed feather strip along top surface. Rails have large rounded contour. Mother of pearl sights are located in proper position in top surfaces.

- Corner Castings: The Anniversary corner castings are aluminum with a baked enamel finish. The corners have a smooth, rounded contour and are molded to receive pockets..

- Pocket and pad assembly: A molded, canvas backed semi-hard rubber composition pocket pad, formed to deflect ball downward into pocket, is provided for pocket openings. A specially designed leather bucket type pocket is securely attached on bottom edge of each pad.

Playing equipment with every Anniversary table: 1 Monarch Bed Cloth; 2 Challenger Bridges with plastic heads; 1 new style revolving cue rack; 1 Premier table cover, 1 gross billiard chalk, plus the following equipment for tables of various sizes:

- Gully and pocket tables: 12 Tru-Balance cues with fibre points; 1 set Ivorylene pocket balls; 1 triangle (2 1/4"), 1 package large black spots; 1 set (100) wood markers; 2 hooks (marker wire), 1 Wire Stretcher, 25 feet Marker Wire.

- Carom tables: 12 Tru-Balance Cues--fibre points; 1 set Blue Spot Carom Balls; 1 package small black spots, 1 set (1001) wood markers; 2 hooks (marker wire), 1 wire stretcher, 25 feet marker wire.

- Snooker tables: 12 Tru-Balance Snooker Cues, 1 set Ivorylene Snooker Balls, 1 triangle (Snooker, 2 1/8"), 1 package small black spots; 1 "D" Marker, 1 Snooker Scoreboard, 1 pad Snooker Score Sheets, 1 dozen marking crayons.

From the 1950 Brunswick Service Bulletins:
The Anniversary Pocket Billiard Table with its new convenience features raises standards of value for lower priced tables. Never before has there been a table that offers the operator so much in the price range! Its sturdy construction, exceptional beauty of design and lasting quality help the Anniversary extend a constant invitation to play that few can resist.

Using specially selected woods, Brunswick master craftsmen have made the Anniversary rich looking as well as thoroughly practical. Its beautiful walnut finish is smartly accented by the off-white of the corner castings and apron groves. The scuff-resistant white plastic material on the base of the legs reduces maintenance problems and retains new look of equipment longer.

Only Brunswick quality production makes it possible to put into the Anniversary such features as the new roomy ball storage rack, new type pockets and pads that eliminates irons and stronger, more accurate rails.

Identifying features: Table name and model stamped on outside of leg near top of head and foot end.

Model C:
Finish: Walnut
- Rails: Walnut side pocket butt joint; no side pocket castings; 3 hole nut plate.
- Aprons: Walnut finish; off white grooves.
- Slate: Three piece, 1 " thick.
- Rail castings: Aluminum with off-white backed finish; used at corners only; attached to rail by bolt passing through center of face into recessed rail nut.
- Apron corner castings: Aluminum with off white baked finish.
- Pockets: Maroon one piece molded rubber.
- Legs: Oval shaped; walnut finish; off-white trim; without stretchers. Attached to base frame by bolts without angle brackets.
- Apron ball rack: Recessed in foot end apron; walnut finish.

Model C-I: Same as C, except:
- Rails: Walnut with side pocket castings; 5 hole nut plates.
- Rail castings: Aluminum with off white baked finish; used at corner and side pockets; attached to rail by bolts passing through center of face into recessed rail nut.
- Legs: Oval shaped, walnut finish; off white trim; with stretchers; attached to base frame by bolts and angle brackets.

Model D-C: Same as C, except:
- Rails: Walnut with side pocket castings; figure 8 nut plates.
- Rail castings: Polished anodized aluminum; used at corner and side pockets; attached to rail by bolt passing face into rail angle nut plate.
- Legs: Oval shaped, walnut finish, with aluminum leg band with stretchers; attached to base frame by bolts with angle bracket.