We have recently been asked
about cues by Parker and Son. These are not particularly common, but neither
are they the rarest of cues; all examples in the range being worth between
£80 and £150.
Charles Parker established his
company in Barnsley, South Yorkshire in 1879 and operated from various
addresses in that town until they were taken over by E A Clare (now Thurston)
in the 1950's, continuing to trade under the Parker name for several years
To our knowledge there are three
types of badge seen on the butts of Parker cues, two round badges and a third
that is rectangular with four screws, one at each corner. This rectangular
badge should include the words, "the Parker match cue".
The earliest were made from
bone/ivory with plastic used for the later editions. The company may have made
their own cues or had subcontractors supplying them. They all have ash or maple
shafts with various types of butts, the later editions with the plastic badges
often have fancy splicing into the butt.
Andy Hunter & David Smith