Sowerby and Sons Billiards

Sowerby and Sons , Liverpool abt.1881-1900

Advert from 1900 for Sowerby and sons, James Ashcroft, William Bayliff, Marsden & Saffley Billiard Table Makers

Thomas Sowerby born abt.1839 in Stanwick, Cumberland later moved to Liverpool lived at 26 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool for most of his years here (oppisite the Adelphi Hotel) this was the registered and advertised company address, His workshop listed as 19 & 21 Upper Newington basically the side entrance to his Mount Pleasant property as can be seen in this photo below.

 In the 1881 census his Proffesion is recorded as a 'Billiard Table Maker' and lived there along with a large family including five sons at this point only the oldest 'John Sowerby'(17) is recorded as a 'Billiard Frame Maker'.

 In 1894 Kelly's directory he's listed also as a 'toy dealer & fancy repository' at 57 Great Charlotte St.

 If you have any information on this maker or items by him please send us what you know to Mount Pleasant, Liverpool 3 and 17 Upper Newington to the left,( corner property)                                                        

Sowerby and sons listing of 1894

Thomas sowerby table badge

Description of item for sale at a past antiques auction sadly no picture, sounds like a nice piece.

A Fine Late 19th Century Oak Billiard Snooker Scoreboard Cabinet inset with ivory maker's label; T. Sowerby & Sons, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool. The breakfront back having a carved and moulded broken arch pediment centred by an urn finial, above dentil moulding, mirrored panels, scoreboards and sliding markers, painted with retailer's name; R. Steven & Sons, 22 Villiers Street, Charing Cross, London. The cupboard base having three bulge front frieze drawers above fielded panel doors with carved moulding and canted sides flanked by square baluster columns with organic carved capitals. Standing on a plain plinth base 60in (152 cms) wide and 85in (216 cms) high .

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