Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


Here is an absolutely beautiful stick from Andy Gilbert.  He made this cue in 2009 to submit as his entry in the International Cue Collector Show's Special Collection.  The theme that year was "Native American."

This cue sold immediately at that show, and until now it has been housed in a private collection.  Few people even saw this stick, so I'm pleased to be able to make it available for sale.

Andy has been known as a top cue maker for many years, and although he has made a lot of player-level cues, he has consistently been a strong contributor to the higher-end market.  These days, he is concentrating his efforts almost exclusively to high-end cues and soldifying his body of work in this area.  I've seen a lot of Andy's best cues, and this one is one of the best of the best.

He builds this one with lots of beautiful amboyna burl, with a generous amount of sleek black Gabon ebony.  Together they serve as the canvas for what becomes a work of art - in this case, Native American art.

There are three distinct areas of significant inlay in this stick - the butt sleeve, in the middle of the handle area and in the middle of the forearm.  Each section is unique and stands on its own.

Beginning with the butt sleeve, you quickly sense there is no shortage of work in this cue.  The amount of inlay is almost overwhelming.  Trying to describe this complex design is a little intimidating, so I'm going to let the pictures do a lot of the talking.

Andy, and his wife Vicki, are essentially partners in most of his high end cues, with Vicki contributing a lot to the inlay work.  Their original "Certificate of Authenticity" comes with this cue and it describes the materials going into it.  According to Andy and Vicki, the materials used in this stick include red coral, turquoise, ivory, and black lip mother of pearl.

The middle (handle) section is reminiscent of several high end Gilbert cues I've seen previously.  As you turn the cue 90 degrees, the view changes and depending on which view you take, it looks almost like a different cue.  On this one, from one perspective you see a long ivory rectangular box with silver bars, and red coral, ivory and silver inlays.  Turn it 90 degrees and you see an ebony sleeve with a brilliant large stairstep diamond made up of individual pieces of turquoise, red coral, ivory and silver.

Viewed together, the butt sleeve and the handle go together perfectly.  Here are a few more pictures of those two sections.

And another picture of the elaborate butt sleeve ...

Moving on the forearm of the cue, you can see it is a sort of "mirror image" of the design in the butt sleeve, but it is stretched out proportionately to accommodate the longer space.

He uses a delicate "feather" ring pattern above the butt cap, below and above the handle, and on the joint protector for the butt.

This is an amazing cue.  One of the Gilberts' bests.  And although it is nearly 12 years old now, it looks like it came out of the shop yesterday.  It is still unchalked and unplayed.  And as fancy as this cue is, I guarantee it will hit great like all of Gilbert's cues.

As usual, he builds this one with a 3/8X10 stainless steel pin in a flat-faced wood-to-wood configuration, insuring its soft but solid hit.  He tips the steel pin with a piece of ivory.  It's strictly for aesthetics, but something he likes to do on his best cues.

He adds a beautiful custom made joint protector for the butt with the feathery ring pattern, capped with a pretty piece of turquoise.

It comes with two premium maple shafts with long ivory ferrules and LePro tips.  I love getting these "old" cues in new condition - the wood in the shafts has aged perfectly and has a nice brown tone.  I find these well-aged shafts always hit better than new, fresh wood.
This cue weighs 19.6 ounces with one shaft and 19.8 with the other.