This is a nine foot (50” x 100” playing area), Quarter-sawn oak table, shown here “as found” prior to any restoration.
C. L. Castle was a small manufacturer in the Syracuse area of upstate New York. As is often the case with the smaller companies, catalog information and model names are lacking and so “King” is our moniker.
We chose “King” because it was obviously a high-end offering from Castle, embodying all the upgrades such as full inch-and-a half slate (most slate is one inch) with corresponding heavy cabinet construction, wider than normal railtops (a feature more serious players accustomed to modern tables will appreciate), a gully ball-return system (fairly uncommon with the #3 style pocket irons), curved legs and sculptured cabinet corners (which break the straight lines, accentuate the table’s presence and give the table a “Pfister-esque” look),
and nice details such as the Dentil molding atop the legs , the Bead & Barrel within the cabinet’s bottom molding, and the signature Castle cabinet corner leaf motif – this time carved instead of applied.
The Quarter-Sawn Oak grain lines are quite spectacular even in the unrestored state and will be even more impressive after restoration. Being Oak, and in good condition, this table will lend itself to being stained in almost any color and as light or as dark in value as desired. Since our tables are restored to order, by us personally, our clients have a great deal of input into the process.