A Jacob Strahle Inlaid Pocket Billiards Table J
The pocket billiards table with matched burled rosewood rails and abalone sights inlaid with ebony and holly banding, the inlaid nameplate inscribed JACOB STRAHLE & CO. 515 MARKET ST. SF. The central body panel with a swallowtail entrapped in a spider's web and stylized flowers, fans, and butterflies, flanked by panels inlaid with tulips engulfing a stylized S, on tapered legs banded in rosewood and inlaid with stylized butterflies, butterfly wings, and flowers, covered in historically accurate billiard cloth and fitted with six pockets with gilded finial to end.
Because of his prominence in the community, Jacob Strahle was chosen to apply the finish to the laurel wood used to create the last railroad tie laid at Promontory, Nevada at the completion of the Pacific Railroad with the famous golden spike. Strahle & Co. billiards tables were known for being inlaid with native California woods. The tables were exhibited for the first time in 1870 at the Mechanics Fair and in 1876 were awarded a silver and gold medal as well as Premium at the California State Fair.