I have recently purchased four quite interesting
cues from a small business that was closing down. The little shop sold golfing
equipment and snooker and pool cues and was located less than ten miles away
from where I live. The gentleman who owned the shop has I believe decided to
In the rack were several old, machine spliced
- A BCE, one piece Eddie Charlton cue, in
- A John Virgo two piece cue also by BCE in
- A Silvino Francisco Maple cue with a
centre-joint, made by Britannia Billiard Cues.
- A Willie Thorne 147 Classic cue made by
Peradon and Fletcher in Ash. Single-piece design.
All of these cues are in mint condition, never
having been out of the shop before; they are not collectors items in the
usual sense but at the same time, where would you get such cues that are in
such condition today.
Each cue has a reproduction signature on the
shaft and has some type of veneer on the front facing splice. I have bought
them to preserve a sample of the era, just before the introduction of the
so-called three-piece cue or three quarter butt jointed cue.
These cues are a kind of snapshot of the cues
that were being made and sold about 1978 to 1984. This era had recently seen
John Spencer and Cliff Thorburn win the World Snooker Championships each with a
two-piece cue and Kirk Stevens make a 147 break in the Masters, also with a
Adam cues had a range of high quality cues on
the market that looked not unlike cheaper and less usable cues, these cues
quickly gained a good reputation among snooker players and a true hand-spliced
version soon appeared.
Within a few years Jimmy White rose to
prominence using a three quarter jointed cue, soon many manufacturers began to
produce cues that resembled the one used by the "Whirlwind", with low joints
and hand-spliced butts.
Cues are still produced in centre-jointed
versions and still have the great advantage of being easily portable and in
some cases being quite inexpensive when compared with hand-spliced cues.
If you find a cue that you can play well with,
its collectable value is largely irrelevant. Just ask Mr Spencer and Mr
Thorburn for an informed opinion. Who knows there may be a future
collectors item lurking in a shop near you that might bear closer