Heritage Cue Collection
The Cue Collection is quite extensive and so we have split off
the artilce on the Signature Cue, The Peradon Cue Plates and the
French Maruetry Cues to try and make it more easly to view the
items. So this section contains some interesting examples of cues
made by a variety of Cue Makers. Some are cues endorsed by the
famous players or celebrating major occasions. Other are by well
know Billiard and Snooker firms but from the late 1940's intil the
1980's one firm dominated the U.K. and Commonwealth cue making -
Peradon made and sold the cues to the Export trade and used
the name Weildings name for the U.K. market, they also kept the
MacMorran name alive as well. To learn more about Peradon click on the
Peradon's made a range of Joe Davis
Cues and the Collection has a few example of some of that range.
The first two cue, above, show te change in plates from the 'Red'
600 to a 'Black' version. The other pictures are our examples of
the Joe Davis Club cue, oneof which has the disc for a Chester
The Joe Davis '20 years World Champion
Cue' was made by the Canadian Cue makers Duffryn and was sold
exclusively in the U.K. by Peradon. The Joe Davis 'Great Players'
is a Peradon made cue from the late 1980's. The Joe Davis signature
cue is a Peradon model from their current (2012) range.
The two examples of the Joe
Davis Champion Cues only record his Billiard record break of 2501.
The next plate , still a Champion Cue, also records a 100 'World
Record' break at snooker. Joe almost made a maximum with a 'World
Record' 146 at Snooker and the Champion Cue then becomes a
'Snooker' cue. The finale example has the 147 World Snooker Record.
note this cue has a Clare-Padmore-Thurston disc insert. These thre
businesses now trade as Thurston and their histories/stories can be
read in the 'Histories & Articles' section of this web
The Cannon Match Cue shows the
Weilding (now Peradon) Cannon Trade mark. The 'Standfast' Cue has
the trade name for Clare - Padmore-Thurston (now Thurston).
Two examples of the 150 limited edition cue made by Peradon
for Thos. Padmore & Sons to celebrated their 150th anniversary.
In the late 1980's Peradon offered a bespoke cue making service to
the trade and the 'Specially Made' plate is an example. The final
cue has a simple Peradon trade mark in the disc which was used on a
cue made for the snooker club market.
The Peradon cork wrapped butt was made
in about 1983 by Vince Bendon (who had started as an apprentice
with Peradon and later becoming a Director of the business) to show
what the original model looked like.The middle picture shows a
'trial' pattern butted cue circa. 1950 and the last cue is another
'trial' cue which had a central splice which goes full length of
the cue. Webelieve the idea was for the 'splice line' to bea
sighting line. Both the 'tria;' cue were made by Peradon.
Peradon, as can be seen from these
plates, also made cues for special celebrations and promotions. The
professional player enorsed cues make up a significant part of the
collection. It would almost seem that the Sydney Smith Professional
Billiard Champion plate was put on up side down, so to make it
eaier to read it is shown again as if the cue was being held for a
The Collection has four examples
of the Horace Lindrum Champion picture cue by Peradon - note the
saving of two screws in the midel two examples which are of later
versions of the plates See also the Horace Lindrum Signature Cue
article). The Walter Lindrum World Champion cues again made by
Peradon show the same 'saving' by only using two screws in the
The 'NONPAREIL' Lindrum -McConachy Cue
is also made by Peradon.' The World's Record Break
Cue' December 7th 1929 is probably a Peradon Cue.
Examples of both Peradon &
Fletcher and Peradon Cues. The 'Royal' Cue with the 'Centenary
Year' overprint celebrates Peradon (Peradon & Fletcher as it
was in 1985) 100 years of manufacturing Cues. The 'Consul' plate is
a Clare - Padmore - Thurston model Cue made on their behalf by
Peradon. The 'sticker' with the Peradon & Fletcher trade mark
incorporates the MacMorran, Weildings and E.L. Fletcher trade
marks. The carbon fibre cue with the 'Permac' trade mark was not
made by Peradon but was their branded version of this style of cue
which was marketed in the 1990's.
Some models from the 'Terry Griffiths' range of Snooker Cues
made by Peradon shortly after he won the World Snooker
Championship. They also madea range of endorsed Snooker Cues for
that great Liverpool Professional John Parrott.
Two examples of a Peradon 'Clubman'
cue. The first with the model name also has stamped onto the shaft
'Clare Billiards & Snooker Hire Service'. The other branded
with a disc stamp for Clare - Padmore - Thurston. A plain ash
cue with a disc insert showing it as a 'Tournament' model. Two
other plain ash cues the first plated as 'The Popular Cue'
the other branded for NAAFI (Navy,Army, Air Force Institutes.
Smith & Nelso was a Leeds based
Billiard & Snooker business which also had at least one Snooker
Hall. These two cues are probably made by Peradon.
Peradon produced a 147 range cues
endorsed by Willie Thorne who had mad more maximum breaks at
snooker than the other players of his generation.
The cue below, on the left,
was donated to the collection in 2012 by a customer of E. A.
Clare. It has special significance to the collection as the plate
only has the E.A. Clare name on it and the early 27 St. Anne Street
address. Which indicates it was made by Weildings?peradon some time
before Norman Clare was made a partner. So Peter Clare was
delighted to add it tio the collection. The cue Frank Cox on the
right was donated to the collection by David Smith of Cuesnviews.
It is a peradon/weilding made cue.
Power Glide was a cue manufacturing
business set up by Rex Williams (Snooker Professional) and his
brother Ken Williams. Power Glide for many years had a sales stand
at the Embassy World Championships in Sheffield and the Embassy cue
is one of their models recognising the association.
Power Glide Snooker cues produced
since the Williams left the husiness, which is now owned as is part
of the Unicorn, Gunn & Moore group.
Some old Thurston Billiard Cues. A
simple one piece Ash cue with the '14 Catherine St.' address
stamped onto it (circa 1820). Another old Billiard cue is the ebony
butted with name inserted in a light wood. The Royal and Prince of
wales Warrants celebrated on another cue butt. The 'Split Cane' cue
is quite a rare example. The silver plate on the Joseph Bennett
signature cue by Thurston reads - The Billiard Handicap 1st. prize
presented by Joseph Bennett 'Ex Champion' won by F.Osborne
The three Thurston one piece Ash cues
are all shorter than a standard cue and are stamped with the 14
Catherine St. address so are quite early examples. The
inlaid'Thurston & Co' might well indicate that this cue was
made prior to the date that Thurston became a limited company in
about 1815. So the inlaid 'Thurston Ltd.' cue is probably later
Three Cues from the range of models
made for Thurston, by Peradon, in 1999 to commorate the
establishment of the business in 1799. The machine splice ebony
butted cue with the Thurstons (!) showing the address as
33 Cheyne Walk dates this cue to the period between 1901 &
1965. Probably made by Peradon but sold via the Weilding.
Two versions of a Burroughes &
Watts W. Cook signature cue. The second one has the additional disc
which reads - 'patent secret jointed cue'. The joint on the cue is
shown in the next picture and the Collection also has a copy of the
sales leaflet promoting this type of two piece billiard cue.
Professional Billiard players endorsed
cues by Burroughes & Watts. These examples include a Diggle
record Break, A W. Cook World Record Break and a Stevenson
Champion. The two Burroughes & Watts 'Club' cues seem to have
additional disc inlaid on which the owner could have their initials
Further examples of the range of
models of Billiard Cues that Burroughes 7 Watts offered.
The Mannock cue on the left of the
Burroughes & Watts catalogue page is an original. The page from
the catalogue shows the Mannock cues sold for £2-5-0 and the Eureka
at £1-17-6. Some of the other models already illustrated can are
also listed in the catalogue. The Mannock cue on the left is in
fact a facsimilie made by Peradon circa 1990.
Further examples of Burroughes &
Watts professional Billiard player signature cues. The Burwat
Champion by Burroughes & Watts Cue is alongside the same model
but with the Riley Billiards version from the period when Riley's
took over the Billiard & Snooker interests of Burroughes
& Watts and for a period they traded as Riley Burwat.
Examples of E.J. Riley Billiard Cues
when the business was based in Accrington and where know as Rileys
Accrington. A George Grey signature cue is also shown.
The two cues above show the Riley logo that was
develioped after they aquired the business interest of J. Bennetts
(Based on the Old Kent Road). This logo / trade mark was used until
they moved to their Network 65 address, which was their last
address before closure.
The above Riley cue is a two piece
cue which has a graphite top shaft. The 'Net Work 65' logo which
replaced the old ex Bennet one is shown on the butt.
A Riley Cue probably made by Duffryn
of Canada - which has Steve Davis signature on butt section of
A range of examples of John Roberts
Billiard Cues with four of the Roberts 'Champion Cue' that
are in the collection.
Professional player enorsed cues -
Melbourne Inman, Tom Reece, C. Haverson, Sydney Lee and Walter
Donaldson. Walter Donaldson and Sydney Lee are two of the
signatures on the Signature Cue pictures of both players
are in that article.
Two Claude Falkiner Club Billiard
Cues probably made by Peradon
The Billiard cue on the left has a
very unusual shaped butt. It seems to be a one piece maple cue with
an ebony insert and the name T. Flemming Edin(burgh) stamped on the
shaft timber. Another one piece Ash cue with a conventional butt
shape again with an ebony insert by T. Fleming. A more conventional
looking hardwood butted cue again with the T. Fleming stamp on the
The two cues on the left of the picture are Long & Co of
Cork. The 'Match Cue' is a worn out cork butted cue. It looks like
the John Taylor of Edinburgh cue disc has been fitted so
that it was to be read when the cue was held ready to make a stroke
as it is a right angle to how most discs are fitted!? The gold
print on the International Cue is somewaht worn and there is a hint
that a name or crest was also printed on the butt. The 'mother of
pearl' like in-lay on the last cue is match on the opposite side
with another flat and a hardwood insert, indicating that it is
probably a European made Billiard (Carom) cue.
The ebony butted Ashcroft Billiard cue
is clear to read and so is the stamping of teh name on the plain
Maple cues. The Plain Ash cue has 'Liverpool' stamped on it but the
other wording can not be read but it is probably an Ashcoft
A range of examples of cues with
business names from arround the U.K. F.H. Ayres is one that is know
as a part of the Billaird Trade.
A few more examples of business
selling Billiard Cues
Most of the Collection of Billiard
& Snooker cues are either from well know firms that have been
associated with Billiards & Snooker or are player endorsed
Our collection of Orme & Sons
cue is quite small considering they were based in Manchester. Ormes &
Sons business was absorbed into Burroughes & Watts.
There are cues from Blackpool
Billiard works either side of the Jelks cue. W.Baliff an early
Liverpool Billiard business. The Elston's of Nottingham cue is
prior to this Nottingham business becoming Elston & Hopkins
(the cue was donated by Mr. Chris law) The black painted butted cue
has stamped onto the 'flat' the follwoing - Cox & Yeman, 184
Bromton Road, W.Cook model.
Five examples of the Peall Record Cue -
the picture plate is a nice example.
The first two cues, we believe, came
in with a Billard table that was bought from a 'Gentleman's Club',
The have the light coloured wood insert with the names inlaid in
black. The Professional Cue based on the plates appearance would
probably have been made by either Peradon or MacMorran.
The three snooker cues (circa 1990)
were made by McDermott in the U.S.A. and were marketed in the U.K.
by Matchroom. They had an unusual finger 'machine' joint between
the shaft and butt, as shown in the picture. The Gibney Hawk Eye
vue has an ebony splice at the tip, as illustrated, the idea being
that it gave a sight line to help with cueing /strike
The Tele-Cue has a telescopic butt
section and was a U.K. patented idea.The cue showing the telescopic
section with a 'B' on the plate is an imported cue from a firm
The Buffalo cue is an import sold in
Europe by a firm in the Netherlands. The 'International' has a butt
with no 'flat' but is otherwise a conventional snooker cue (based
on its tip size). The bottle shaped butt with the machine cut
decoration and 'mother of pearl' inlay is a Carom cue made in
Belgium. The other machine cut Caron cue has a more conventional
'standard' shape. The cue with the ribbed rubber sleeve is an 'Apollo'
cue. It is a tubular aluminium snooker cue which was
extensively promoted in the 1960's /1970's as a cue which would not
warp. The glass fibre cue was an early experimaental snooker
Examples of Snooker Cues from U.K.
manufacturers who produced cues in the later part of the 20th
Century. Barracuda was based in Kirkham in Lancashire but when
manufacture cease merged with Master Cue Makers. Cannon Cue Ltd.
were a Midland based cue makers as were Aeon, whose factory was in
Coventry. The second Aeon cue shows the brass wieght which could be
unscrewed and either a heavier or lighter weight screwed back in to
adjust the cues weight to the players preferance. The cue with the
'black' insert is an Askrod Harlequin model - the name can oly be
just made out when carefully examined. Britannia cue
'Illustrious' was another Midland basedmaker.
Some further famous names in the
Snooker trade - BCE based in Bristol, Lewis & Wilson made by
Master Cue Makers in Telford and Glover based in Derby. Stuart
Surridge, the well known sports goods suppliers - Cue Craft based
in Nottingham. The Gravity cue was made under agreement by Peradon
for the Liverpool based inventor.
The disc palte says it is @Patent
Inflexible' and it seems to have a steel star shaped rod down the
length of the shaft. The idea being not only to help prevent
warping but also to improve the striking of the ball. As you can
see the cue shaft would have had a circular hole drilled though it
and the 'star' shaped metal had to have wood fillets inserted to
take up the gaps. It is quite a feat to bore a hole such a length
and then insert the rod and fillets. The next picture features the
Thurston split cane cue, which has an unusual six pointted butt
section. Hopefully the split cane of the shaft can be seen.
The final two pictures are of the same cue which is unusual in
having a 'pine' shaft.
A Snooker cue made by Andy Hunter, an
expert on old cues. He presented the cue to the collection on one
of his visits. Finally was someone trying to say they
had a Mannock Cue ?
This cue donated in 2013 raises a
couple of questions. The story was that the owner 's father had
bought it of Ray Reardon. The plate looks like a Powerglide but the
cue looks like a Peradon made one? After showing it to David Smith
of email@example.com,uk he
agreed that it didn't look like a Powerglide Cue and it was more
like a Peradon one but that the butt plate was a Powerglide
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