Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


For someone looking for a classic Richard Black, this cue fits the bill.  It's a 1996 "Black Diamond" model (as named by Richard) and besides being a collectible player, it is a very nice looking cue.

This one starts with what I think is a Brazilian rosewood nose with four ebony points.  Each point has a double blueish-grey veneer which is really striking.  Inside each point, and between each point, are long ivory spears which add to the class, appearance and value of the stick. To be honest, I can't tell if these are recut points are veneered points, but I suspect they are veneered because I don't recall any other cues Richard has done with recut points.

The ivory inlay pattern in the butt sleeve of this cue is really interesting and finishes off the design.  It's difficult to describe, but I think the pictures tell most of the story.  What I like most about it is the way the individual inlays come together to present a design that is perceived as a three dimensional pattern that looks like the ivory is bending over on itself.   It's a good example of classic Richard Black creativity.

As with most of Richard's cues, it is signed and dated on the forearm. 

He wrapped this one with a black linen wrap with white speckles that looks perfect and helps bring the overall look of the cue together.

This cue is made with a piloted stainless joint with Richard's traditional 5/16X14 pin.  It has nickel silver rings at the joint and on the shaft collars.

It comes with two 13mm shafts, and weighs 19.5 ounces with one and 19.6 with the other.  One shaft appears to be new and unplayed, and the other shows signs of light play.  There is a little blueing evident on this one, but it has been cleaned up nicely and in excellent condition, although there is a very slight wobble in it - not enough to affect the play, but I need to disclose it.  All in all, for a stick of this vintage, it's in excellent condition.