Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


It's always a nice surprise to find an old classic cue from a great cuemaker that is vintage and in mint, or near mint condition.  Here is one from Bill Stroud that is a typical example of the kind of work he was doing in the mid '90s. The fact that it's in excellent, original condition makes it special.

The design of this cue is traditional in some respects, as it is a lightly stained maple cue with six ebony points - three long, three short.  All points are topped with an ivory spear head outlined in ivory. However, Stroud pushed the edge a bit at the time by "breaking" the flow of each point with and ivory "v" shaped inlay in each one, giving it the effect I call "broken points."  In addition, each ebony point is inlaid with a long ivory veneered point, giving it a special avant-garde look.  

Throughout the cue he used one of his favorite ring patterns of simple ivory blocks.  He uses it above the butt cap, below and above the wrap, at the joint and on the ring collars of the shafts.

In the butt sleeve he uses the same point pattern in a palindrome effect (everything the same going in a different direction), slightly shorter, of course.

The butt cap in this cue is made from the ivory "look alike" material that Ernie used at the time, which looks very much like real ivory.  The check pattern in the rings and the veneer in the points is all of ivory.

Stroud used his favorite wrap at the time - a black linen with white speckles.

The "JW" logo in the butt cap indicates that this cue was made in 1995 or later.  However, I know from talking with the original owner that he purchased the cue in the mid-90s, so it is now about 21 or 22 years old.

Shafts are both just over 13mm with ivory ferrules and the original tips - probably LePros.  They are both very clean and show very little play.  They are both pretty straight - not perfect, but perfectly acceptable for a cue of this age.  (I test hit this cue and it plays great!)  

Stroud built this one with what was his favorite and traditional joint at the time, a 5/16X14 steel pin in a piloted configuration.  It wasn't until a few years later that he began using radial pins a lot.  

It weighs 19.0 ounces - very light for a JW of that time.

This is a classic cue by one of the great masters.  It has a striking look and is ultimately very playable and a good investment.  I'm not seeing a lot of JWs coming up on the secondary market these days - they're getting hard to find. Here is a good chance to pick one up that is both good looking and a very nice player, all in original condition and almost unplayed.