Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


This is one of several new (old) Josswest cues recently acquired from a private collection.  They are all gorgeous in their own way, but this design is one of my favorites.  It is very typical of the work Stroud was doing about 2003-2005.

Two characteristics of this cue make it typical of this time period.  First, you could almost call that time Stroud's "Chrysacolla Period."  For a short time, it became his "go to" natural inlay material and he seemed to be in love with it.  He turned out quite a number of cues with chrysacolla during this period, but this was the first.

The second thing that makes this cue typical of this time period is the design itself.  If you have followed Stroud's work through the years, you know that he turned out a number of cues about this time using designs and structure very similar to this one.

I have heard this cue described as an "eight point" cue, but I think it is really a four point cue with wedges (or shadow points) of ivory sandwiched between the points.

The ring pattern used on this stick is part of this design package that is so typical of these years.  He used it on quite a few cues and almost all were made during this time period.

Chrysacolla is a beautiful mineral, and never more so than in this cue. It is used generously and the color is balanced throughout the cue.  It is complemented by the rings and the blue and green veneers. (According to Wikipedia, chrysacolla has a cyan (blue-green) color and is a minor copper ore.)

The ebony butt sleeve is dressed up with an elaborate inlay pattern of silver, ivory and chrysacolla.  This is an incredible design with high visual impact.

As the pictures show, the cue has a stained maple nose, an ivory butt cap and an ivory sleeved joint.  He really spared no expense building this one.

It is built with a flat-faced joint with a radial pin - again, his favorite configuration during the time when this cue was built.

It has a black linen wrap, speckled with white.  It is a great complement to the overall appearance of the stick.

I believe this ring pattern is my favorite Stroud pattern, and he's done a lot of nice rings over the years.  This one, though, is something special.

There's not a lot more I can, or need to, say about this cue.  It photographs well, and I think the pictures do it great justice.  It's just a beautiful cue.

It comes with two 12.9 mm shafts with ivory ferrules, and weighs 19.7 ounces. It is in outstanding condition and appears to be unplayed.  It looks to have Champion tips.  
This cue is a rare find these days.  Stroud's work has been gobbled up in private collections and they rarely see the light of day.  The chance to buy one in this kind of condition doesn't come often.