Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


For many years, Herman Rambow was one of THE big names in cue building.  Many people consider him one of the "Big Three" of original cuemakers - Balabushka, Rambow and Szamboti.  You can read about him and his work in the Billiard Encyclopedia, or find a lot of information online.

Rambow made basic cues, mostly simple four points like this one.  But if you were a serious player in the 60s or 70s, you dreamed of having one of his sticks.  He was born in 1881 and died working in his shop in 1967.  He is considered by some to be "the father of all cuemakers."

He was unique in that he used an unusual joint configuration, but they were known for their solid hit, and especially for what was considered their fine balance at that time.  (For a nice little history of Rambow and his sticks, go online and look for the write-up by "Freddie the Beard" from Chicago.)

Supposedly, Rambow was very secretive about his method of balancing his cues.  He never used any metal for balancing, only woods with various densities.  He always used brass joints, because at the time three-cushion players made up a large part of his clientele and they demanded brass joints.

I don't know when this one was built exactly, but it definitely looks to be an old one.  It is not in great shape, but most of these cues are not.  They were played, and played hard.  In addition they are all 50-70 years old.  At the time people didn't buy cues to put them away as collectibles.  When you do find one today in better condition, they typically sell for thousands of dollars.

Here's a good view of the forearm with the classic Titleist points.

There is one small chunk of veneer that has chipped out over time.  Other than that, all the "issues' with this cue are just finish issues.

A close-up of the chip out of the veneer.

Lots of little dings from many years of play and wear, but no structural issues.

As with most of his old cues, he used a black wrap of smooth "kid' leather.  It in pretty good shape, but does have a few dents.

Everything seems to be original in this cue, and the butt cap is intact, and it appears the original screw holding it is still in place.  It is worn and sort of corroded, which is a big reason that I think this cue is one of his very early ones.

He always used (to the best of my knowledge) only Brunswick Hoppe Titleist house cues as the basis for his cues.  Thus, all his cues have the Titleist points and colors, and for the most part, the same hit.  You can see in the pictures below that over the years, as the finish wore away, chalk dust was absorbed into the wood, giving certains areas a bluish cast.  Again, this typical of a cue this old and in original condition.

Here's a good picture of the original joint that made Rambows special at the time, and really laid the foundation for future piloted joints still used today.  One of the hallmarks of Rambow cues was the long hub or stem that went down inside the brass joint for a snug, secure fit.

For anyone wanting a significant piece of pool history, here is a great opportunity.  These cues are rare and very, very collectible.  Rambow's cues were the foundation for all that was to come in the future of cue building.  And, at the time, almost every legendary player in pool history owned and likely played with a Rambow at one time or another.