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Value of a 1924 Cue Ball Cane Owned by Willie Hoppe

Value of a 1924 Cue Ball Cane Owned by Willie Hoppe

I believe I have a cane once owned by Willie Hoppe.

I would love to find a way of having it documented.

It has Willie Hoppe's signature and the date stamped/carved into the wood:

Willie Hoppe 1924







Value of a 1924 Cue Ball Cane Owned by Willie Hoppe

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  1. user1606525449billiardsforum on 11/28/2020 7:52:02 AM

    We need more information from you.

    Can you share the history of the piece?

    • How did you come to own it?
    • What history about the cane do you already know?
    • What evidence or proof exists to show that Willie Hoppe once owned it?

    What do you mean by "have it documented"?

    You can't create a provenance for the item out of thin air. If there is a way to prove it was owned by Willie Hoppe, I would love to hear about it.

    Based on the information you provide to my questions above, there's a chance that someone here could suggest what steps you should take next in having it assessed and/or how you should go about documenting it's provenance.

  2. user1606525449user1606525449 on 11/28/2020 8:10:40 AM

    This cane was given to my dad from a family friend who found it at an estate sale in Grosse Pointe Michigan in 1979.

    I know no other history of the item.

  3. user1606525449billiardsforum on 11/28/2020 8:43:52 AM

    Willie Hoppe licensed his name to countless companies for use on their products. I suspect that your walking cane was one of those products.

    The 1920s was a period when Willie Hoppe was flying high in his career and popularity. He even appeared in Lucky Strike ads.

    At this point, you don't really have anything to have documented.

    To show provenance at this point, you would likely need something like a notarized affidavit from someone close to Hoppe when he used the cane, who could affirm and swear to that. I suspect there won't be many of those folks still around.

    A photograph of Willie Hoppe using the cane could also help your case, but wouldn't prove that your cane was the exact one he used in the photo.

    You can look through the comments in the Willie Hoppe Pool Player profile. There are a few from folks who knew him or his family members. It might be a starting place.

    Cheers, and good luck.

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Value of a 1924 Cue Ball Cane Owned by Willie Hoppe

  • Title: Value of a 1924 Cue Ball Cane Owned by Willie Hoppe
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  • Published: 11/27/2020 5:04:11 PM
  • Last Updated: 11/28/2020 7:55:40 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)