are some rare cues given their age and their unusual type.
It has seven consecutive '4-point' splices, is 154 cm long, weighs 740 g and is inlaid with two signed white medallions. Its ivory ferrule is 14.5 mm in diameter and is tipped with leather.
The upper side of its mace 'head' is slightly concave as can be seen from the two photos below.
Its central part (see photo left) is used as line of sight. The lower
side (see photo right) is flat and smooth and easily glides on the billiard
table cloth. The end striking or pushing the ball is covered with rubber.
2. A "Cue/Cane" probably made in Germany by Dorfelder before World War I (see p. 234 of Pool & Billiards Collectibles written by Mark & Connie Stellinga in 2003). The 87 cm long walking stick is hollow and its ivory ends both unscrew. A shaft, provided with a wood joint screw, an ivory ferrule and a 12 mm leather tip, is stored there.
can be quickly turned into a 140 cm long quality billiard cue
that weighs 480 or 510 g.
The butt end/knob.on the left, into which the other end or the shaft srews, is carved.
3. A fancy turned 3-piece 'La Royale' (see Section A), more than 110 years old.
Its walnut butt is short (56cm) and is stamped with an oval logo (including initials J and A, an elephant and the name 'La Royale') and the inscriptions Adorjan, Modèle déposé, Patent, Bté S.G.D.G., France et Etranger.
4. An old Brunswick No. 134 with 'hexagonal' butt probably made of bubinga and inlaid with genuine mother-of-pearl. The dyed maple shaft is provided with a collar.
It probably represents a stylized bee and is an outstanding inlaid work of ivory, ebony, rosewood and other species. The bumper is in leather.
6. A very heavy cue of 720 g, most probably used to play artistic billiards or 'billard-golf' as in Belgium and other countries. Its butt of the usual length is signed 'MATCH''. It is weighed down with a 180 g sleeve, made of brass and two metals, and is quite ancient because the long screw of its large end is in wood.
7. A 2-piece copper cue even heavier (820 g) than the preceding one. More decorative than efficient !
8. The very old (more than 150 years) Finck carved cue No. 88,
in 2 parts with sturdy ends fitted together without collar with a long wood joint screw (see below).