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JOSSWEST
FANCY INLAID
"CROSLEY RADIO CUE"
BY BILL STROUD

Here is another vintage cue by one of cue-making's all-time greats, Bill Stroud. Bill, under the name Josswest, made many of the best cues ever built, and throughout the 80s, 90s, and the early 2000s amazed everyone with his great hitting cues with seemingly endless designs.

This is a beautiful eight-point cue, with ebony points going into a stained maple nose, with a very unique inlay pattern.  I purchased this cue from the original owner, who has kept it in a private collection since it was made in 1990, and never played it, or even chalked it.

This design is classic Stroud.  It's unique and inventive, and unlike any other design I've seen.  Since it was made in 1990, it utilized the generous use of ivory (in the inlays, joint and shaft ferrules).  I don't know if this was a "one of one" but I've never seen another one like it.  (Stroud frequently made his cues in batches of four, but even then he would sometimes change one small thing so that each cue was unique.)

The veneers in this stick are simple but very pretty.  He uses just three - light maple, olive green and again light maple.  He uses the same green veneer in the rings.

Along the way, this cue picked up the nickname "The Crosley Radio Cue."  Younger collectors and players might not recognize the ivory silhouettes shaped like the old (now antique) Crosley Radios from the 30s and 40s.  I don't know if this shape was intended to represent anything, but it sure looks like an old Crosley.

As with most of his cues made between 1990 and 1995, it does not have an engraved JW logo.  However, many of his cues made during this time have identification engraved on the weight bolt under the rubber bumper.  This one has those markings, and under the bumper is the date "1990" as well as a serial number "1039."



All eight points are of ebony, with the "shadow" points being topped with an ivory spearhead, and the long points outlined with the pretty veneers.



He uses a different ring pattern at the joint and on the fancy joint protector for the butt.  It's a simple check pattern of alternating squares of ebony and ivory.

This is a very unusual inlay pattern, using a number of geometric shapes of ivory and stained maple, all centered between the two beautiful Stroud rings.  This ring pattern - stylized diamonds, notched and connected with pieces of green veneer - was one of Stroud's favorites.

Unless order specifically with an ivory butt cap, Stroud often used something he called "ivory implex", which is sometimes difficult to distinquish from real ivory.  I think this cue utilizes that material, although the joint is ivory.

Also very typical of the time, he wrapped the handle of this stick with an Irish linen black wrap with white speckles.



Here are several views of the butt sleeve.  I love this ring pattern.



This comes with a set of aluminum joint protectors for the shafts and a special matching protector of ivory and ebony, made by Stroud, for the butt.

Stroud built this with one of his favorite designs.  He uses an ivory sleeve over the wood core for the joint, and builts it in a piloted configuration, with a 5/16X14 stainless steel pin. He uses brass inserts in the shafts.

This cue comes with two 13mm shafts with ivory ferrules.  I'm not sure what the tips are, but I expect they are original to the cue.  It weighs 19.2 ounces - light for a cue of this era.  This cue, although 30 years old, is still in NEW condition.

PRICE:  $5750 plus shipping