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#9-01 Original J.M. Brunswick & Balke Company letterhead. Dated 1880, sent from the New York office to the Chicago office. Shows the antique Brunswick Monarch pool table and lists addresses of company offices at the time. Nicely framed and ready to display. The letter itself is about 8 inches by 10 inches, the frame is 12 inches wide and 15 inches tall. A rare piece of American billiard history.
#9-02 Rarest of the rare! Personal note written and signed by J.M. Brunswick himself. Dated August 6, 1876, it tells members of the J.M. Brunswick and Balke Company that the Cincinnati office has "never made any money" and as a result, personal expense accounts will be limited to a maximum of $50 per month per person. Original document, not a copy. A unique and important piece of U.S. and Brunswick history. About 8 inches wide and 12 inches tall.
#9-03 This extraordinary framed color lithograph advertises Falk's Milwaukee Beer, A Werner & Co. Champagne, and The Brunswick & Balke Co. Copyrighted in 1882 prior to the start of the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company. The pool table shown is a rare Exposition Novelty model, which is virtually never seen in early advertisements. Paired with 9-04, the set of two presents a unique opportunity to own a true piece of American billiard history.
#9-04 This second framed color lithograph, like 9-03, advertises Falk's Milwaukee Beer, A Werner & Co. Champagne, and The Brunswick & Balke Co. Copyrighted in 1882 prior to the start of the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company. The pool table shown is a rare Exposition Novelty model, which is virtually never seen in early advertisements. Paired with 9-03, the set of two presents a unique opportunity to own a true piece of American billiard history.
#9-05 Nicely framed photo of Willie Hoppe as a young man. Black and white scene shows Hoppe posed with cue ready for a match. Black beveled frame provides perfect accent. About 16 inches wide, 20 inches tall. Excellent condition.
#9-06 Rare antique wall art with billiard theme. "Vanity Fair" prints from the late 1800s. Lobby photos from theaters advertising showings of pool movies including "The Hustler" and "The Color of Money".
#9-07 An original 1871 Currier & Ives color print. An unusual find in very good condition. Shows group of players around an antique pool table with six legs. About 22 inches wide, 18 inches tall.
#9-08 Late 1800 cigar box sample label with billiard theme. Excellent color image in very good condition. About 16 inches wide, 13 inches tall.
#9-10 Original print from a pen and ink drawing by Vincent Van Gogh. The painter, who died in 1890, is one of the Netherlands' most famous artists and used drawings like this to practice his artistic skills. Shows billiard room with pool table and accessories. About 16 inches wide, 13 inches tall.
#9-09 Framed lithographs from the Cue Masters series. Each scene shows Victorian pool table, cue rack and framed billiard scenes on the walls. Left is Joseph Benet (1841-1919) and right is W.J. Peal (1854-1952). Nicely framed and ready for the wall of a billiard room. Each one is about 14 inches wide, 19 inches tall.
#9-14 Artistic photo study of hall of fame players. Ralph Greenleaf, Cicero Murphy and many others. Unframed black-and-white portrait on heavy backing for display as singles or in groups. Excellent for wall of home billiard room. From $50.00 each
#9-15 Framed photos of antique pool tables in actual settings. Black-and-white scenes show pool rooms and barber shops in the 1800s. Ready to hang on the wall of a billiard room or home recreation room. Several available from $125.00