Left: 1874 Octagon shaped billiard table with center "crown
See Patent  Right: 1872 Octagon shaped table w/ four
center holes, w/ball return.  
See Patent
Above Left: 1873 billiard table with legs in the middle, rather than
at the corners.
See Patent   Above Right:  1874 six-sided
(Hexagonal) billiard table  
See Patent
Left: 1892 concave pocket table.       See Patent
Right:  1894 table with mounted cue for aiming.     See Patent
Above Left: 1978 "star shaped" billiard table.  See patent image
Above Right: 1964 "golf course" comprised of billiard tables. See Patent

The next five images are from a mid 1880's Brunswick & Balke catalog.
Courtesy Joe Newell Collection
Left:  1878 Oval billiard table.           See Patent
Right: 1881 hour-glass shaped billiard table.    See Patent
Left: 1884 Round billiard table w/ center hole, w/ball return. See
patent image  Right: 1917 Hex table with "obstacle course".   
See patent image
Above: "Carombolette, a Combination of Pigeon Hole and Bagatelle "
Above: "The Parepa Table" and the "Pigeon Hole Table"
Above: Novelty Ten-Pin Alley
Above: The "Jenny Lind Table" and the oval "Virginius Table"
Above: "Devil Among The Tailors" table and an English  "Bagatelle Table".

The following four images are from the Brunswick-Balke-Collender 1912 catalog.
Courtesy Joe Newell Collection
Above: The "Cue Roque" Table
Above: The "Pigeon Hole" Table
Above: The "Klondike " Table
Above: The "English Bagatelle" Table

Tables that stare back at you - Animals and 'Grotesques'
Back when it was stylish to do so, many different billiard tables were designed with 'grotesques' or
animal-themed legs and/or bases. Typically the legs or bases were made of cast-iron and painted.

Below: This 1849 Abraham Bassford table featured 6 cast-iron eagle "legs" and inflatable cushions.
All images: Joe Newell Collection

Below: More custom Brunswick tables. Great stuff.
Brunswick offered "custom designed" or "one of a kind" tables,
for special occasions and/or wealthy clients. The seven rare production photos below are of tables
that were designed and built specifically for somebody.
(although sometimes, a "one of a kind" table was just a simple variation of an existing model)
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Below:  An 1896 illustration of the "Maximilian Table"
A very special table built in the late 1800's. Amazingly, this table still exists today.
See photos of it below.  
Illustration from: Gleanings from the History of Billiards BBCC 1896
Above: look carefully and you can spot the small lion heads on the table's sides..

Below:  The lion heads up close.
Below:  A perfect miniature replica of The Brunswick Jewel.  
Fine craftsmanship by Joe Newell - fine cookies by Gloria Newell.
Rare and Unusual Tables
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
You may have seen plenty of antique tables, and the common
mass-produced tables used around us in everyday play. But
have you ever seen a
Devil Among the Tailors?

Over the years, millions of billiard tables have been produced, in
every shape and size imaginable. So, this section is devoted to
all the wacky variations, oddball games, and beautiful
one-of-a-kind tables that you may have never seen before. Enjoy !
The "Maximilian Table"

3 Below: The Charles Akam  "Combination English Pool Table"  with elephant trunk legs.
Was available as a carom, pocket, or combination table.
Below: 1860s or 70s Charles Schulenburg table with grotesque style legs.
2 Below: Emanuel Brunswick's horse-themed and grotesque style cast-iron table bases.
5 known versions of this table were produced. Moses Bensinger designed at least one of them.