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    A JACOB STRAHLE INLAID POCKET BILLIARDS TABLE
    Jacob Strahle & Co., San Francisco, California, circa 1875
    Marks: JACOB STRAHLE & CO., 515 MARKET ST., SF
    34-7/8 inches high x 99 inches long x 54 inches wide (88.7 x 251.5 x 137.2 cm)

    The pocket billiards table with matched burled rosewood rails and abalone sights inlaid with ebony and holly banding, the inlaid nameplate inscribed JACOB STRAHLE & CO. 515 MARKET ST. SF. The central body panel with a swallowtail entrapped in a spider's web and stylized flowers, fans, and butterflies, flanked by panels inlaid with tulips engulfing a stylized S, on tapered legs banded in rosewood and inlaid with stylized butterflies, butterfly wings, and flowers, covered in historically accurate billiard cloth and fitted with six pockets with gilded finial to end.

    Because of his prominence in the community, Jacob Strahle was chosen to apply the finish to the laurel wood used to create the last railroad tie laid at Promontory, Utah at the completion of the Pacific Railroad with the famous golden spike. Strahle & Co. billiards tables were known for being inlaid with native California woods. The tables were exhibited for the first time in 1870 at the Mechanics Fair and in 1876 were awarded a silver and gold medal as well as Premium at the California State Fair.


    Condition Report*: The Simonis 860 Billiard cloth has been replaced with the same type that was probably used in first creation of the table. The rubber to the rails have been replaced with K66 Master Fast and the pockets have been fitted with new leather.
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    Auction Dates
    June, 2012
    14th Thursday
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