Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


Offered here is a classic beauty.  This cue was made by Bill Stroud in the height of his cue making abilities.  It is one of those cues that when you pull it out of its case, mouth drop open.  It's a traditional design taken to its limit - maple nose, four points, ebony butt sleeve.  Then the extras start, and you can see how it ends up.

There are so many add-on features to this cue's design, it's difficult to know where to start with a description.  Thankfully, I can rely on pictures to tell the complete story.  The maple nose contains premium birds eye maple with tremendous figure.  I love the ivory slabs between each pair of points and how they are outlined in ebony and topped with mother of pearl spears.  

The beauty of each long ebony point is accentuated by very distinct veneers.  At the base of each point there is a classy fleur d'lis type inlay of ivory and fine silver.

This cue has my absolute favorite ring pattern.  This pattern is occasionally copied today by other cuemakers, but nobody did it better than Stroud.  Each ring is made up of a series of ivory "X"s, laid over a blue lapis ring sandwiched between two silver rings.  And he isn't stingy with its use - he uses it above and below the wrap, above the butt cap, at the joint, on the ring collars of each shaft and even on the butt joint protector.

He wraps this cue with a very traditional black linen with white specks.  It is tightly wrapped and pressed.  And, as one more accent, he adds an ivory joint.

In spite of all the beauty in the nose of this stick, I think it is surpassed by the brilliance of the butt sleeve.  Obviously, the huge mother of pearl slabs are the highlight.  I've never seen such large chunks of mother of pearl so gorgeously displayed in a cue.  Each one is different, and as you rotate the cue in your hands you can never determine which one is the prettiest.

Each slab of MOP is outlined in fine silver and at the top and bottom of each is the same fleur d'lis inlay that is used in the points.  Between the four MOP inlays are four lapis diamond inlays outlined in ivory.

The detail and work in this cue is stunning.  There is a lot going on, and everything has been done expertly with as much perfection as anyone could every expect from a handmade object.

He builds this cue with a stainless steel radial pin, and although it has an ivory joint, take notice of the fact that it only an ivory sleeve over a wood core.  This means the cue will have the hit of a wood-to-wood flat-faced joint as opposed to the typical hit of an ivory jointed cue.

This cue comes with two 13mm shafts with long ivory ferrules and layered tips, probably Mooris.  It weighs 19.6 ounces.  It is in "new" condition, i.e. it shows no signs of play and appears new.  It looks like it could have come out of the Josswest shop yesterday, although it was probably made sometime between 2002-2006.