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    An American Oak Triple-Arch Back Bar

    Attributed to Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company, Dubuque, Iowa
    An American Oak Triple-Arch Back Bar, Circa 1900
    Oak, mirrored glass, brass
    124 x 252 inches (315.0 x 640.1 cm)
    Unmarked
    'The focal point of many western saloons and now upscale bars and restaurants since 1884, the Brunswick Billiard Company could not produce enough of these hand-made elaborate and ornate back and matching front bars to meet the demand for them. Internationally known for their design awards, the Brunswick company originally offered the bars on special order but finally built a manufacturing plant at Dubuque, Iowa where German craftsmen made them to ship all over the world.

    Brunswick produced approximately 95% of the saloon furniture between 1885 and 1900, many of the bars ending up in frontier settlement saloons where there was a ratio of 100 people for every bar. It is estimated that only about 150 of these elegant bars are still in existence with most gracing old frontier town saloons as well as being centerpieces of urban upscale restaurants and bars.'
    The oak back bar of triple-arch form supported by four squat columns with egg and dart capitals, the arches framed by egg and dart moldings terminating in corbels at center, with applied torch and scroll motifs and spandrels, stepped cornice with egg and dart molding; arch mirrored glass panels fitted to back and later ribbed glass shade pendant lights; above cabinet with double full height end cabinets framing eight drawers with brass pulls, two double wood fronted cabinets and two glazed front cabinets; bar with four engaged columns supported by corbels.
    Attributed to Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company, Dubuque, Iowa

    Provenance:
    Red Baron, Atlanta (1982)


    Condition Report*: Losses to silvering of mirrors; locks replaced and/or missing; handles to pulls lacking; one glazed door missing glazing; minor losses to wood; wear to base. Bar: one base missing to column; minor wood losses; one side panel missing.
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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
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