I have seen several cues over
the last few years that have the name of W J Peall on their badges. By far the
most common of these cues is the W J Peall cue that commemorates his break of
3,304. The badge on this cue reads from left to right if you place the cue on a
table with the tip to your left. This badge also contains a representation of
Pealls signature as well.
This cue came in either Ash,
Maple or Pear wood in the shaft and ebony for the Butt. I have not as yet seen
a Peall cue in Hornbeam but it is possible that they were produced in this wood
type as well.
The badges were often placed on
the Butt of the cue facing in the opposite direction; perhaps to enable a left
handed person to read it more easily. We have seen these cues with a thick
badge made from Ivory, with a thin badge made from Ivory and with a thin badge
made from Bakelite. As Ivory was less used from, the mid 1920s it is
reasonable to assume that these later cues with the Bakelite badges were made
in this period.
These cues are considered by
collectors to be well worth owning so no collection is complete without one. We
recommend that you pay around £150 for your Peall cue however if the cue
is in excellent condition, you may consider paying as much as £200.
This cue also came in a pear
wood shafted version, this cue is very attractive and in good condition is
considered to be worth in the region of £350. Jim Clarke a collector from
Peterborough, he has an immaculate Pear wood shafted Peall cue in his private
collection which is the best cue of this type that we have seen.
Other Peall cues that we have
seen were all made from either Maple or ash for the shaft and ebony for the
butt; the only pear shafted version that we have seen is the 3,304 badged
signature cue previously mentioned above.
Another Peall cue recalled from
memory has the writing printed on the badge in a portrait style which was
designed to be read with the tip facing directly straight up or away from the
reader, this cue appears with the writing written either right to left or left
This particular version of the
Peall cue has the date of Pealls break written on the badge along with a
representation of his signature, the badge also includes the figures that
represent the break itself, these cues are worth £180 to £250
depending on the condition.
The dated Peall cues are far
less numerous than the standard Peall cues and so are quite sought after by
collectors. David Smith a collector from Huddersfield has an excellent one in
his private collection, this cue is of additional interest from a collecting
point of view as it still has the original ferrule, which was designed to take
a screw in tip circa 1890.
Continuing on the theme of Peall
cues, another version is the so-called Picture badged Peall, these cues came in
both Maple and Ash for the shafts and Ebony for the butt. The badges were again
fixed with traditional brass screws and in the portrait position. The picture
shows W J Pealls head and shoulders along with his signature, the 3,304
break and the words regd trade mark beneath all of the above. We have only seen
these badges in black print on a white background. These cues are valued
between £250 to £350 as they are particularly prone to wear, making
a clean easy to see picture something of a rarity.
Other Peall badges that we have
seen on the most common variety of Peall cues appear in orange, black, green
and red printed versions, they all have black butts that is not to say
that brown streaks are not visible in the ebony as well however.
Early Peall cues often carry a
badge that is still made from Ivory and is much thicker than later versions
also the lettering often appears to have been hand cut due to the roughness
compared with later cues which were obviously cut with a machine. Both the
Picture badged cue and the later record cue badges appeared as Lithographed as
well as standard printed versions.
We have seen Peall cues with
other names stamped above the badges, actually on top the ebony butt. These
names include Burroughes and Watts whose stamp appears in the same form as they
do on Roberts cues and also the name Ashcroft which appears in a much cruder
form as though hand engraved on the butt of the cue. The weight stamps on both
Peradon Peall cues and Burroughes and Watts cues appear in the usual place
above the splice directly in line with the badge, however the weight stamp on
an Ashcroft version appears on the butt, again above the badge.
Andy Hunter & David Smith