Schmidt Antique Pool Table

Schmidt Antique Pool Table.

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Schmidt Antique Pool Table


PRESENTING a GORGEOUS ANTIQUE A.E. Schmidt Pool Table from circa 1900.

Made of glorious oak with a beautiful natural patina consistent with age.

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The table has 4 legs of ‘solid’ construction and is approximately 5′ x 10′ outer dimensions and 4.5′ x 9′ on the playing surface.  Oak body with oak rails and bone inlaid sights.  It has the original 1″ slate in two sections. 

The body of the table is edged with brass floral finials and has a brass plate for A.E. Schmidt.

We are of the opinion that this is NOT the original plate as the plate does not fit the plate section properly.

We cannot find a Schmidt Table design identical to this, and it closely resembles a Brunswick Newport or Saratoga Model.

However, this table is also slightly different in design from a Brunswick Newport or Saratoga, especially the base molding and leg design.

The Saratoga did not have the same base shape and indented molding.

Because we cannot identify the exact model….we have no other option but to accept that the ‘later added’ Schmidt Label, was added to replace an original Schmidt Label.

We cannot see why someone would attempt to deceive as to the maker of this table as the values of both Schmidt and Brunswick Tables of this age would be of similar value in any event.

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Ernst Schmidt (Founder)

Ernst immigrated from Celle Germany around 1848. St. Louis was an attractive place to settle at the time. It was a large city with lots of opportunity! Ernst was a master craftsman and more importantly an ivory turner of high skill. Seeing the demand he quickly set up shop.

His shingle read:
Ernst Schmidt Ivory Turner and Dealer in Ivory Billiard Balls, Ten Pin Balls and Smoking Pipes

By all accounts his business was successful, he was a craftsman and thought like one. While he could speak English, most of his instructions were written on a chalk board in German. He had very old world idea’s and proved it when he brought his son Oscar into the business at age five to learn the trade (a tradition that still continues today). It was very much a working mans type of existence, much like a plumber, electrician or other trade. Very little thought was given to the future, and he was content to get a project, complete it and move on to the next part to make. That was all about to change!

Read on, most companies are doomed when the founder turns over the keys to the second generation—but Oscar would prove to be an exception to the rule!

Oscar Schmidt (Second Generation)

Oscar took the ivory turning business and expanded it to include woodworking. He apprenticed and learned how to build pool tables. Thanks to his talent the company began to expand into the manufacture and repair of pool tables. Oscar realized that bars were the perfect place for his type of sturdy pool tables and he also realized that those tables would need frequent repairs. The company began to grow under his direction and he began training his sons, Edwin and Ernest to put their own stamp on the business.

Edwin and Ernest Schmidt (Third Generation)

The third generation of Schmidt men were very diverse in their talents. Ed was a marketing and sales genius. Thanks to his creation of a mail order catalogue the company began to grow once again. Ernie had his own special talents. The factory was where Ernie was most at home and he began designing new tables to add to the line. Both men realized the importance of owning their own building and created a separate family owned real estate business. Thanks to the thriftiness instilled by their father and grandfather the two brothers were able to survive the Great Depression.

Harold and Arthur Schmidt (Fourth Generation)

The fourth generation of the family relied on two of Ed’s sons to move the business forward. Harold and Arthur continued the family tradition of working weekends and summers for the business as they were growing up. Fortunately these two brothers also had different areas that they were interested in. Harold was an excellent salesman and enjoyed being on the road developing the business. Art was more office oriented although he was the person most responsible for bringing bumper pool to the United States. Art was also instrumental in supporting two major trade groups , The Billiard Congress of America and the Billiard and Bowling Institute of America. Eventually Harold would move to Little Rock, Arkansas and start his own billiard retail business and Art would take the helm of A. E. Schmidt Company..

Kurt & Karen Schmidt (Fifth Generation)

The fifth generation was also brought up to love work. While all of Art’s children worked for the company at one time or another, it was Kurt who had the greatest passion for business. His gift is in the designing of tables and he expanded the line of tables the company manufactured and began establishing a nationwide dealer network. At this time he continues to lead the company. Harold’s children continue working at their Little Rock store and at a retail store in Columbia, Missouri.

Mike Schmidt, Stephanie Schmidt, & Rachel Schmidt (Sixth Generation)

The Sixth Generation is coming into their own within the company. All three of Kurt & Karens children now work full time at the company.

There are Schmidts Everywhere

Bob Schmidt, Harold’s son; and James Spangler, Art’s grandson, work in Little Rock and plan to keep Harold’s legacy alive and well. Since 1924, Jones Bros pool table has been an irreplaceable part of the billiards industry and continues to prosper under Bob and James care. Check out Jones Bros website here:

Fred Schmidt, Harold’s son, owner of Schmidt Billiards has a retail store in Columbia, MO and continues to provide the billiard’s expertise that has been passed down throughout the generations.

Check out Schmidt Billiard’s website:


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Saratoga 4 leg model
From the 1908-1909 Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company catalog, page 22:A magnificent billiard or pool table which finds lasting favor with all. Handsomely figured golden oak and mahogany.

Manufactured under 18 construction patents awarded between 1892 and 1905.

The 5×10′ size is also made with six legs.

Of all the many elegant designs of high-grade billiard tables originated by us, none have found more lasting favor with the general public than the Saratoga. It is not the highest price table that we make, but it is thoroughly first class in construction and finish.The design is both handsome and unique. This table has been extensively imitated by other manufacturers who have copied in appearance only. In construction that have met with what to them has been insurmountable difficulties.

The slate bed is best quality Vermont one inch thick. Can be furnished with slate 1 1 /2″ in thickness, when desired, at a small advance in cost. The sections of slate are joined together with brass dowels and sockets, entirely eliminating screw holes in the slate bed.

The cushions are the celebrated quick acting Monarch, guaranteed the most perfect angle cushion in the world. Used by all professional players in America and Europe.

The cushion rails are of extra heavy construction and firmly bolted to the slate bed. The cushion rail tops are veneered with rosewood, which does not change color, cannot be easily disfigured and does not have the objectionable features of a polished surface.

The usual method of construction is reinforced with heavy iron bolts holding the frame work to the head blocks and legs, producing a species of rigid bridge work and staple durability which will make a table of this class last a lifetime and give good service.



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Cue sports (sometimes written cuesports), also known as billiard sports,[1][2] are a wide variety of games of skill generally played with a cue stick which is used to strike billiard balls, moving them around a cloth-covered billiards table bounded by rubber cushions.

Historically, the umbrella term was billiards. While that familiar name is still employed by some as a generic label for all such games, the word’s usage has splintered into more exclusive competing meanings in various parts of the world. For example, in British and Australian English, “billiards” usually refers exclusively to the game of English billiards, while in American and Canadian English it is sometimes used to refer to a particular game or class of games, or to all cue games in general, depending upon dialect and context.

There are three major subdivisions of games within cue sports:

There are other variants that make use of obstacles and targets, and table-top games played with disks instead of balls.

Billiards has a long and rich history stretching from its inception in the 15th century, to the wrapping of the body of Mary, Queen of Scots, in her billiard table cover in 1586, through its many mentions in the works of Shakespeare, including the famous line “let’s to billiards” in Antony and Cleopatra (1606–07), and through the many famous enthusiasts of the sport such as: Mozart, Louis XIV of France, Marie Antoinette, Immanuel Kant, Napoleon, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, George Washington, French president Jules Grévy, Charles Dickens, George Armstrong Custer, Theodore Roosevelt, Lewis Carroll, W.C. Fields, Babe Ruth, Bob Hope, and Jackie Gleason.

All cue sports are generally regarded to have evolved into indoor games from outdoor stick-and-ball lawn games (retroactively termed ground billiards),[4] and as such to be related to the historical games jeu de mail and palle-malle, and modern trucco, croquet and golf, and more distantly to the stickless bocce and bowls. The word “billiard” may have evolved from the French word billart or billette, meaning “stick”, in reference to the mace, an implement similar to a golf club, which was the forerunner to the modern cue; the term’s origin may have also been from French bille, meaning “ball”.[5] The modern term “cue sports” can be used to encompass the ancestral mace games, and even the modern cueless variants, such as finger billiards, for historical reasons. “Cue” itself came from queue, the French word for a tail. This refers to the early practice of using the tail of the mace to strike the ball when it lay against a rail cushion.[5]

A recognizable form of billiards was played outdoors in the 1340s, and was reminiscent of croquet. King Louis XI of France (1461–1483) had the first known indoor billiard table.[5] Louis XIV further refined and popularized the game, and it swiftly spread among the French nobility.[5] While the game had long been played on the ground, this version appears to have died out in the 17th century, in favor of croquet, golf and bowling games, while table billiards had grown in popularity as an indoor activity.[5] Mary, Queen of Scots, claimed that her “table de billiard” had been taken away by those who eventually became her executioners (and who covered her body with the table’s cloth).[5] In 1588, the Duke of Norfolk, owned a “billyard bord coered with a greene cloth… three billyard sticks and 11 balls of yvery”.[5] Billiards grew to the extent that by 1727, it was being played in almost every Paris café.[5] In England, the game was developing into a very popular activity for members of the gentry.[5]

By 1670, the thin butt end of the mace began to be used not only for shots under the cushion (which itself was originally only there as a preventative method to stop balls from rolling off), but players increasingly preferred it for other shots as well. The cue as it is known today was finally developed by about 1800.[5]

Initially, the mace was used to push the balls, rather than strike them. The newly developed striking cue provided a new challenge. Cushions began to be stuffed with substances to allow the balls to rebound, in order to enhance the appeal of the game. After a transitional period where only the better players would use cues, the cue came to be the first choice of equipment.[5]

The demand for tables and other equipment was initially met in Europe by John Thurston and other furniture makers of the era. The early balls were made from wood and clay, but the rich preferred to use ivory.[5]

Early billiard games involved various pieces of additional equipment, including the “arch” (related to the croquet hoop), “port” (a different hoop) and “king” (a pin or skittle near the arch) in the 1770s, but other game variants, relying on the cushions (and eventually on pockets cut into them), were being formed that would go on to play fundamental roles in the development of modern billiards.[5]

Illustration of a three-ball pocket billiards game in early 19th century Tübingen, Germany, using a table much longer than the modern type.

The early croquet-like games eventually led to the development of the carom or carambole billiards category – what most non-Commonwealth and non-US speakers mean by the word “billiards”. These games, which once completely dominated the cue sports world but have declined markedly in many areas over the last few generations, are games played with three or sometimes four balls, on a table without holes (and without obstructions or targets in most cases), in which the goal is generally to strike one object ball with a cue ball, then have the cue ball rebound off of one or more of the cushions and strike a second object ball. Variations include three-cushion, straight rail and the balkline variants, cushion caroms, five-pins, and four-ball, among others.

Over time, a type of obstacle returned, originally as a hazard and later as a target, in the form of pockets, or holes partly cut into the table bed and partly into the cushions, leading to the rise of pocket billiards, including “pool” games such as eight-ball, nine-ball, straight pool and one-pocket; Russian pyramid; snooker; English billiards and others.

In the United States pool and billiards had died out for a bit, but between 1878 and 1956 pool and billiards became very popular. Players in annual championships began to receive their own cigarette cards. This was mainly due to the fact that it was a popular pastime for troops to take their minds off from battle. However, by the end of World War II pool and billiards began to die down once again. It was not until 1961 when the film “The Hustler” came out that sparked a new interest in the game. Now the game is generally a well-known game and has many players of all different skill levels.[6]

There are few more cheerful sights, when the evenings are long, and the weather dull, than a handsome, well-lighted billiard room, with the smooth, green surface of the billiard table; the ivory balls flying noiselessly here and there, or clicking musically together.[7]

— Charles Dickens Jr., (1889)


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The table and cloth are in GREAT Condition……blue/green or teale colored cloth.

The side cushions are in GREAT Condition.

The Pockets are in GREAT Condition……….as are the leather pockets.

The table comes with its original antique balls, 13 pool cues, jump shot cue and extension rest (seen in the photos with the Matching Pool Cue Stands).

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Assembly & Delivery will be at the Purchasers expense….but we can assist in arranging professional delivery and reassembly by a reputable Dallas Billiards Company.

Schmidt Antique Pool Table.


Provenance: Belonging to a HIGH-END Collector of Fine Antiques of over 30 years.

Condition: Good overall condition. Probably could use a re-clothing.

Price: $12,500.00. Sale Price Now: $9,950.00






















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