Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


Here is a quintessential Josswest from the late Bill Stroud.  It is a vintage cue just purchased out of a private collection, and when it was made was about as good a cue as you could get from Bill.  Even today, this cue would be beyond the abilities of most cuemakers.

One of the interesting things about this stick, made in 1993, is that when I saw it, I immediately recognized it.  Back in the early 90s, the predominant cue dealer in this country was John Wright from Palatin, IL.  Every six weeks, like clockwork, he sent everyone on his mailing list an envelope of photographs with various cues he obtained as a representative of the top cuemakers in the country.  I saved all these pictures, and have them all catalogued.  I quickly found this cue in his pictures from 1993.

The collector I bought this cue from was the original buyer.  He got it direct from John at that time.  And, being a true collector, this cue is as new as the day he got it.  It is still unplayed.  This is a real "find."

Stroud, of course, is one of the best of all time.  His work was terrific and his designs were state-of-the-art and seemingly endless.  He was one of the greatest and other cuemakers copied and emulated his work.  This cue, for its time, was as good as it got.  Even today this cue stands out, and its design is timeless.

The butt sleeve alone is a work of art.  It is a complex pattern made up of dozens of inlays, utilizing pink ivorywood and pure ivory, all inlaid into the ebony sleeve.   The butt cap itself is not ivory, but some kind of LBM that Stroud used in most of his cues at the time.  It's a classic design and one that set the standard for many cues to come.

The best thing about all Stroud cues is their playability.  Bill was an excellent player, and knew how he liked his cues to hit.  A couple of the best playing cues I've ever had in my hands were Josswests.

He uses some of the same inlay pattern from the butt sleeve in the base of the nose.  It adds more color to the cue and ties everything together well.  Then, he uses a classic JW ring pattern of ivory diamonds, with dots in the middle of each made of more pink ivorywood.

In the 90s there were a couple of cuemakers who were ahead of their time.  Ernie Gutierrez of Ginacue, of course, and Bill Stroud for sure.  He was a major innovater and was always pushing the envelope.  This cue is a great example.

This inlay pattern used at the base of the nose has always been one of my favorite designs.  I can still remember pouring over John Wright's old pictures and thinking how much I loved this cue.

As very typical of the time, he wrapped this cue in a black Irish linen with white specks. 

The curly maple in the nose has been stained to make it dark, and it looks great with this design.

He uses the diamong ring pattern on the ring collars of the shafts as well.  There's lots of red in this cue - it's a stunner.

He used what was his favorite joint at the time - a solid stainless steel joint with a 5/16X14 stainless steel pin in a piloted configuration.  It comes with two 13 mm shafts with ivory ferrules.  I'm not sure what the tips are, but these appear to be original.  It weighs 19.2 ounces.

This cue has great appeal.  It is highly collectible, kept "new" or used as an everyday player.  Stroud's cues have already shot up in value since his passing, and they will continue to do so - especially his high end work.  This cue is a good investment and one that can be enjoyed for many years.