I recently received an e-mail
asking for a valuation and a little additional historical information
concerning a George Chenier cue.
For those of you who are
unaware of who George Chenier was, well he was a Snooker player from Canada who
was invited to England in 1950 by the legendary Joe Davis himself. It seems
that they met while Joe was touring in Canada.
Mr Chenier took part in the
World Snooker Championships of 1950 and promptly made a break of 144, this was
considered a world championship record and brought a large degree of
recognition for George. At the time George Chenier adopted a stance that was
somewhat upright, yet he was still considered to be one of the premier break
builders of his era.
I have seen a picture of him
taken at around, the mid nineteen fifties, the remarkable thing was that he
used a two piece cue.
I believe that Cliff Thorburn
was encouraged by a number of meetings with George Chenier to come to England,
I am sure that along with many of you, I would be pleased if this story were
In the Championship of 1950
George Chenier beat P Mans in his first match and then lost to Fred Davis in
the next round, this was no disgrace as Fred went on to win the tournament.
Sadly George Chenier did not
return to playing in the Championship but will long be remembered as one of the
pioneers who came from countries outside the United Kingdom to take a tilt at
the World Snooker Championships.