New information comes to light all the time
if you are a cue collector it seems. This is one of the pleasures of the hobby
as far as I am concerned.
Until recently, I was only aware of four
Sidney Smith badged cues, then last week I discovered a fifth.
I am not one hundred percent sure which cue
is the earliest as only two out of the five are dated.
I shall refer to them as 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
For the purposes of this piece I will try to describe them in a sensible
- Number one is the Sidney Smith cue made by Burroughes and
Watts, this cue appears both in Ash and Maple. This cue often has a Birdseye
Maple front splice tipped with a green Maple veneer. I have only seen hand
spliced versions of this cue so far.
- Two iIs the black butted Sidney Smith Gold Cup cue that
was made to commemorate the first competitive total clearance in competition in
1939. The break referred to on the badge of this cue was 136 and took place in
the Gold Cup Snooker Championships and of course was made by Sidney Smith
himself. This cue does not have a facing splice but is a completely black
butted, hand-spliced cue.
- The third cue is the Sidney Smith picture badged cue and
comes in both hand and machine-spliced versions. The butts on these cues are
made from Rosewood with a veneer made from Ebony with thin lines of Maple
running along it.
- Number four is an interesting cue, as it has so far only
appeared in a machine-spliced version with a Rosewood butt with a facing splice
made from Maple with lines of Ebony running through the splice. This cue was
made to commemorate Sidney Smiths victory in the United Kingdom Billiards
Championships in 1947 and 1948.
- The fifth cue is as above but comes in both hand and
machine-spliced versions and commemorates Mr Smiths win in the UK
Billiards Championships of 1947, 1948 and 1949. The fact is that Mr Smith won
the tournament once but was not required to defend the title for two years,
this meant that he was credited as the holder of the tournament for three years
Peradon Limited made all but the cue that I
have described as number one on the above list clearly well into the
I bought a 1948 badged Sidney Smith cue from
a mature gentleman a few years ago who insisted that the cue had belonged to
his father and that it had been in his family since the 1930s, I tried to
point out that the badge disproved this but he wouldnt have it. I bought
the cue and my parting words to him were perhaps the cue was made by a
clairvoyant as the date of Sidney Smiths win in the UK Billiards
Championships was ten years in the future at least! He just smiled and
said maybe so! But he still apparently failed to comprehend my
meaning, I hope that he sold me the cue that he meant to.
I currently own three different Sidney Smith
cues, the rarest one is the Gold Cup Cue as it is the only one of its kind that
I have seen.
I used to have the Burroughes and Watts
version but sold it to buy a nice Ye Olde Ash cue, I would be happy to get hold
of another as they are quite a handsome cue in either Ash or Maple. I am also
quite happy with my machine-spliced 1947/1948 UK Billiards Sidney Smith cue, as
this cue was clearly only available for the one year. I have only seen the one
so if you know of others please let me know.
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