Andy Hunter & David Smith
Collecting Old Cues

Andy Hunter is “The Cue Collector” of “The Amateur Billiard Player” magazine and co-writer with David Smith for Cues n Views.

Please remember that these articles were taken directly from text supplied to “The Amateur Billiard Player” magazine in 2001 to 2003, therefore prices quoted reflect this time period.

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By Andy Hunter & David Smith

  • Charles Parker & Sons

    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 after this.

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  • Edward Diggle Cues

    All of the Diggle cues commemorate his performances during a match against John Roberts Junior at the Argyll Hall, London made on January 4th 1895

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  • Claude Falkiner Cues

    The Falkiner cue can be either machine of hand-spliced. Both carry the same badge which would have been made from bone on the early versions and inscribed “Facsimile of the cue used by Claude Falkiner”

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  • Melbourne Inman Cues

    This cue is described as a “facsimile”, which was intended to be an exact copy of the cue used by Inman himself

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  • Cue Manufacturing

    Cue manufacturers such as Thurston, Burroughes & Watts, Ashcroft and Padmore, would often personalise cues for their customers

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  • W J Peall Cues

    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 cue that commemorates his break of 3,304

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  • Tom Newman Cues

    Most Newman cues are good playing cues although you can get one or two whippy ones, it has to be said that the whippy ones are often the older versions

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  • George Nelson Cues

    His “Yorkshire Champion Cue” would have been made during the five year period when he held that title and was manufactured by William Sykes

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  • Tom Reece Cues

    All of the cues that carry the name of Tom Reece are inscribed with his famous “record” break

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  • H W Stevenson Cues

    Stevenson cues are known to have been produced by at least three manufacturers, these being Burroughes & Watts (two versions); Cox & Yemen (two versions) and Peradon & Co

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  • Willie Smith Cues

    Willie Smith cues are generally much sought after by players and collectors alike. The collector should look for one in good condition, with the original lacquer

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  • Burroughes & Watts

    Burroughes & Watts are one of the best-known cue makers in the collecting field

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