Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


Here is another beautiful old Josswest, in new condition - unplayed, un chalked.  It was bought for a private collection in 1993, and has been displayed in the collection ever since. 

I've been fortunate to find a few rare old Stroud cues that were bought in the early 90s and put away for posterity.  This was a top of the line Josswest that has been on display for 30 years, and is still in mint, unplayed condition. 

This is another cue that is a variation on his well-known and popular design, the "Study in Red."  This design was originally built and marketed by John Wright of Chicago in the early 90s, and became so popular that he made a number of spin-off in subsequent years, mostly based on requests from customers.

This one has an almost identical forearm, except that the diamonds in the points are black lip mother of pearl, and the veneers are black, red, grey  and white instead of red, black, red.  However, the butt sleeve is radically different, with huge slabs of more mother of pearl framed in ivory.

At its most basic, this is a maple cue with an ebony butt sleeve and ebony points.  However, it has a ton of inlay work, with lots of ivory and some big pieces of black lip mother of pearl that are as nice as you'll see anywhere.

Black lip MOP is a rarity these days, and I assume it is just harder to find good, colorful pieces, especially in this size.  The advantage of this variety of MOP is that it changes color as the light hits it from different angles.  When you roll the cue, for example, it changes from a shady, greyish yellow color into a bright, rainbow prism of colors.  It has a lot of character.

Bill Stroud loved to stain the maple he used in cues, rather than use it in its natural color.  This one is typical, and it always results in a rich, classy looking cue.

The ebony in the butt sleeve and points is Gabon ebony, very black and very rich. Everything white in this cue (except for the veneers) is ivory.

A classic, artistic and creative design by Stroud.  As always, perfectly executed.

Also very typical for the time, he wraps the handle in a white Irish Linen with black specks.

Here's another view of the opulent mother of pearl.

He uses simple dash rings throughout this one - ivory, I think.

With ivory and ebony block rings at the joint and on the shaft ring collars.

An ornate, world-class cue by a Hall of Fame Master.  One of the greatest of all time.

One of the great advantages of buying an older, vintage cue like this one is all of the ivory in it - all legal ivory, legally imported, legally built into the cue before new regulations were passed in 2016.  And since it was built prior to that time, it remains legal to own, sell and enjoy. 

This one is built with the most popular joint at that time - polished stainless steel with a 5/16X14 steel piloted pin.  It comes with two original, unplayed maple shafts measuring about 13mm, with matching ringwork and ivory ferrules, and probably, LePro tips.

It weighs 19.8 ounces (15.6, 4.2, 4.2) and is 58 inches long.  Everything is mint and it is perfectly straight, both butt and shafts.  It has original polished stainless steel joint protectors by Stroud.  This is a highly collectible cue, and is a great playing cue.