It’s not everyday you run across a vintage American Shuffleboard Company table, especially one this long. This one has been in this basement for over 50 years, it was in the basement when they built the rest of the house over it (it was too big to fit down the stairs, so they built the house around it). It’s quite possible the carpet is original too, lol, along with the wood paneling. 🙂
The owners didn’t buy it new, it was originally on location before they got it. It originally had a scoring unit and some lights I believe, but those are no longer with the table. I asked the owner about them and they didn’t remember them being on there when they bought it 50+ years ago (but that they may have been there originally and they’ve forgotten in the past 50 years). I looked under the table and there was a plugin where I think the lights and scoreboard plugged into but unfortunately no other signs of the missing pieces. Here’s a picture:
Even being over 50 years ago, the table plays great. Being so long, it’s very difficult to get pucks to stop at the end of the table. You could probably practice on it for years without becoming a master. The pucks appear to be the original pucks for the most part, although a couple of them appear to be replacements (probably from when it was on location). The pucks were a dark blue and a bright red, if anyone is curious about that.
The table itself is in fantastic condition for as old as it is, it’s hard to imagine one being in better shape than this one. Most of the wear on the table is around the bottom of the leg area, where people were probably rubbing against it all these years. There’s also wear on the ends of the table obviously where people have been playing.
The one question is, does anyone know what the original scoreboard and lights looked like on this table? And are originals anywhere? I think the owners would like to purchase them if they knew what to look for. It’s a little hard to figure out exactly what they need to buy, the information on this table is pretty lacking on the web currently unfortunately. American Shuffleboard Company table parts appear to be hard to find. Most of the pictures I was able to find were of the digital version and not of the Electro-Mechanical version (which were the versions before the late 70’s).
If you’re looking for maintenance information on your shuffleboard table, I’ve added an article here on it:
Hopefully that helps out people looking for that information.