This particular table boasts a unique history. Previously belonging to snooker legend Steve ‘Nugget’ Davis, it was installed in his billiard hall in Stondon House, Essex, and was used as a practice table while he was competing for the World Championship. It still bears his signature along its top rail.
Far more than just a table, the Steve Davis Snooker Table is an icon; a historic game from one of the most significant portions of British history. It is a conduit for a game that was born when the British still controlled an empire that spanned a fifth of the globe. Its great age, in addition to its already prestigious record, bestows an extra historical dimension on an already fascinating product, enhancing the table’s value as a form of quality entertainment.
This table was manufactured by the eminent Burroughes and Watts. The company was at the forefront of the snooker table industry for over a century, and its name is still associated with the finest quality products. Founded in 1836 by William Burroughes, the company ran until 1967, by which time it had earned the warrant of Queen Victoria and was responsible for several revolutionary designs in the snooker table industry.
The table itself is a solid oak construction, an original design by Burroughes and Watts. Its traditional build hearkens back to the mid-20th century, where it was a common feature in bars and clubs in both the UK and US. Eight finely crafted tapered legs hold the table at a regulation height from the ground, and with a 1¾” slate playing surface and the finest quality cloth, the sheer majesty of this behemoth makes it an awe-inspiring purchase for professionals and beginners alike.
Staunchly British in design and character, snooker was introduced to the world in the Victorian era. Developed from the game of billiards, the game was invented by a British army officer serving abroad in India at the time. Although it was slow to gain popularity back home, it was the British who held the first official snooker competition in 1916 – the English Amateur Championships. After the first Professional World Championship of snooker was held in 1927, the game’s popularity rocketed, and today it is considered one of the most popular cue sports.
Our founder, Reginald Waldersmith, first learned to play snooker in Cairo, serving with the 8th Army during the Second World War. He was fond of confusing opponents by telling them they were ‘absolute snookers’, explaining that the term originally referred to an inexperienced army recruit, before it was applied to the game. This intriguing titbit was repeated so often that many of his colleagues eventually memorised his explanation word-for-word. We’ve been selling games tables since 1962, so we know a thing or two about our products! Our showroom will gladly assist you on any questions you may have before or after you purchase any Games Room Company equipment.