Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


This cue is a really rare find.  It came out of a private collection, and is one of a very few box cues that Stroud made.  Not only is it rare, it's strikingly beautiful.

It's also rare to see any cue made by Stroud from tulipwood.  I can't recall another tulipwood cue that he made.  I'm sure they're around, but there can't have been many.

The tulipwood in this one is very striking, and it is the perfect canvas for this unusual design from Josswest.

He started by building four large ivory rectangles into the tulipwood nose, each one outlined with thick veneers of ebony, with a long ebony bar coming out of each end.

The beauty of this cue is enhanced by the addition of one of the prettiest sets of joint protectors I've seen on any cue, anywhere.  All the materials from the cue itself are included - ebony, tulipwood and ivory.  The design is unique, and I can't imagine the work that went into their construction.

The JW logo on this cue indicates it was made between 1980 and 1983.  Part of the "J" has started to wear away, but only the ink, not the engraving itself.

He may have done a lot of unique things with this cue, but when it came to the butt sleeve he fell back on his favorite inlay design, the hexagonal inlay with the small bar coming out of each end.  Each of these is inlaid into an ornate cutout of tulipwood.  The hexagonal inlay was a common favorite from the top tier of cuemakers at the time, including Ernie Gutierrez and Tad Kohara.

He wraps this cue with a black elephant hide, and it has great texture.  It also looks terrific.  
This cue has had only two owners.  It has three shafts, but only has joint protectors for two of them.  Two of the shafts show very light play, and the third appears to be newer, and looks to be unplayed.

Stroud used black phenolic rings above the white phenolic butt cap, and below and above the wrap.  He changes up the ring pattern at the joint and on the joint collars of the shafts with a checked tulipwood pattern.

It is built with a solid ivory piloted joint with a 5/16X14 pin.  It was Stoud's favorite configuration at the time.  It weighs 20.1 ounces.  All of the shafts are 13 mm.

All the ferrules are ivory, although the ivory on what appears to be the newer shaft is much less yellowed than the two originals.  The tips look to be Champions.

The ivory cap on one of the joint protectors has a couple of very small cracks under the finish.  Not a big deal ... but, full disclosure!

This cue is a very rare cue, and an even rarer find for sale.  High-end JWs are extremely hard to find these days, and one like this is a special opportunity.  I think it is priced very moderately considering what it is.