How to Identify a Pool Table & Its Value
Billiard tables, also known as pool tables, are an expensive recreational investment when purchased new. Depending on where and when the table was manufactured, an older table can have a surprisingly high resale value. Vintage billiard tables, typically those that were built more than 20 years ago, are considered antique and are popular on the used market. If you own a billiard table and are interested in appraising its worth, all you need are a few measurements and the manufacturer's name.
Locate the manufacturer's information. The company's name is typically inscribed on a metal plaque or plastic panel located on one or more sides of the table. If your table has a ball-return slot, the plaque or panel tends to be fastened near it.
Measure the dimensions of the table with a tape measure. Note the length, width and height of the table as well as the number of legs.
Record other details about the table. If you know when the table was purchased new or originally manufactured, take note of the year. Also note the type of pockets (leather or rubber), darkness of finish (black stain to natural wood stain), surface type (slate, wood or other) and color of surface felt.
Consult a local billiards and pool table dealer. If they are familiar with old makes, they may be able to suggest a reasonable resale price for your table. Antique shops are also an option. Most shop owners are versed in many types of old goods, pool tables included.
Appraise your table using online resources. Many websites offer free or inexpensive appraisal services. You may also search online auctions or local classified listing sites to see how much is being asked for tables similar to yours. These figures will help you approximate your table's value.
While recording details about your table, note any damage to the felt or wooden frame. If appraisers have an idea of the current condition of your table, they will be able to give you a more accurate estimate.
- While recording details about your table, note any damage to the felt or wooden frame. If appraisers have an idea of the current condition of your table, they will be able to give you a more accurate estimate.
Brandon Getty began writing professionally in 2008, with columns appearing in "Thrasher" magazine. He received a Bachelor of Arts in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and lives in Stockton, Calif.