Themed Collecting - Tom Newman
I became interested in collecting items
relating to Tom Newman after getting hold of a Tom Newman facsimile cue made
around 1930 by the company that I like to call Peradon/Thurston Limited.
This cue is an excellent player and as far as I
am concerned looks very attractive. The cue is 57" long with a 10mm tip and a
badge that combines a representative of Toms signature, a commemoration
of his highest break with Ivory Billiard Balls and claims to be a copy of the
cue used by Tom Newman, him-self. In other words, it is a facsimile cue with a
splice like the one on Toms own cue. Which, I have seen on film.
This cue peaked my interest in learning more
about Tom Newman and his accomplishments and also fuelled my desire to get hold
of other Newman related collectibles. The next item that I bought was his book
entitled How to Play Billiards and soon after his other two book Billiards
dos and donts and Advanced Billiards.
I then bought his brothers book on
Snooker and was lucky enough to get a hold of two of the Burroughes and Watts
cues that carry his name.
One of them is a black butted ash cue with a
plate that features Toms signature and makes mention of his 1370 break. I
have never seen another like it and the other is the one made by Burroughes
again that claims to be a facsimile but looks exactly like a Willie Smith
Champion Cue but with a bigger badge that mentions Toms 1,274 break. This
cue could not have been made for more than four years as the 1,274 break was
made in 1921 and the 1,370 break was made in 1924.
These cues and books make quite a nice
collection in themselves, I have them displayed along with two Tom Newman
cigarette cards and a set of Ivory Billiard Balls to make an interesting
From what I have read it seems that as a match
player, Tom was not as consistent as either, Joe Davis was and certainly
nowhere near as consistent as Walter Lindrum.
However having seen some footage of him in play
and at the start of a match I feel that he was a great character and made up
for his shortcomings with a great degree of personal charisma. Tom once played
Joe Davis in the Snooker Championship losing 23 frames to 25 so he must have
been a reasonably good Snooker player as well as an accomplished Billiards
If you have anything to add to this
affectionate tribute to collecting Newmanobillia, please do not hesitate to
send your comments.
Copyright September 2001 / August 2005 David Smith
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