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JERRY McWORTER
FAMOUS NATIVE AMERICAN
"FEATHERS" CUE

Presented here is a masterpiece cue from Jerry McWorter.  It was originally built for the Native American Collection of the International Cue Collector Show in Santa Fe in 2009.  I was in the room when Jerry personally presented this cue to the collectors there that year, and I still remember the jaws dropping when he displayed this remarkable stick.

This cue was a collaborative effort between Jerry and one of the top scrimshanders in the U.S., Sandra Brady.  Each of the feathers is solid ivory, all hand scrimshawed in vivid colors and unbelievable detail by Sandra. 

There are twelve feathers in total, six coming down from the handle and six going up into the forearm.  Each feather is representative of a specific bird that was typically represented in Native American art.  (There is a LOT of work in this cue!)

This stick is a true work of art - a rare cue made by one of cuemaking's greats.  Jerry has been making beautiful cues for many years, and they have been extremely popular all over the world, particularly here and in Japan.  This is one of his best.  He recently told me that this stick was one of what he thought were his three best ever - a cue that represented "out of the box" thinking at the time.  And interestingly, this is a cue that few people have even seen, other than the collectors in Santa Fe that year.  It was immediately purchased and put into a private collection.

The detailed scrimshaw work by Sandra Brady shows why she is considered one of the greats in this artform.  She has collaborated on a number of famous cues and her work is second to none.  The intricate detail in each feather, the vivid colors, and the research that went into her work all contributes greatly to this masterpiece of a cue stick.

The concept of this design is novel, and very creative.  Jerry envisioned, and built, a cue with a handle made of ebony and bone.  The individually inlaid pieces of bone are all curved and made to represent the breast plate of an Indian warrior.  When you turn the cue sideways, this depiction is most evident.  It is clearly a bone breast plate with decorative feathers dangling from the sides, just as would have been worn by a war chief.

The "breast plate" is tied together in the middle and at the sides (or top and bottom) by an intricate inlay pattern using silver and small pieces of turquoise and malachite. 

It's hard to describe the elaborate detail in this stick.  I have extensively photographed it and presented as many pictures as I could here, hoping they will tell the story better than I can in words.

The concept and design of this fantastic cue is indeed "out of the box."  Conceptually it is unique and beautiful.  And the design is executed by Jerry and Sandra in a way that could only have been done by two of the true artists involved in cue making.

To fully appreciate this cue, you need to take it in hand and examine the scrimshaw work with a magnifying glass.  The detail is amazing, and it's difficult to imagine just how many hours, days, and weeks went into this work.

At the ends of the breast plate is a complex pattern of turquoise and malachite dots, each surrounded in silver.  Then, all the dots are tied with thin silver bars to represent the webbing that would have held a real breast plate together.

The six feathers at each end are then attached to the jeweled dots.  The feathers represent the "points" of the cue, going into the forearm and reversing into the butt sleeve.


I love the way Jerry used real bone for the breast plate.  Ivory would have worked, but using bone makes the cue just that much more authentic.

You can see the natural grain of the bone in the breast plate pieces.

He builds it with his traditional flat-faced wood to wood joint with his 3/8X10 steel pin.  This will insure that in spite of being a gallery class work of art, it will still play like all his other cues, and that means it will hit a ton, especially being a solid ebony cue.

It comes with one shaft, with an ivory ferrule.  Being a solid ebony cue, it's a bit on the heavy side at 20.1 ounces, but it is perfectly balanced and feels lighter.  He uses his standard double silver ring at the joint on the cue and on the shaft.  Since he never varies his joint, his shafts are all interchangeable, and any McWorter shaft can be used with it.

This stick is engraved on the butt cap with the McWorter name and the serial number of the cue.  It also comes with a parchment Certificate of Authenticity signed by Jerry with a full description of the cue. 
This is a gallery class cue, and is aimed at the high end collector.  Please email for price.  Serious inquiries only please.