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Oldest Known Pool Cue Stick?

Oldest Known Pool Cue Stick?



I've been doing some research into the history of billiards cues and their predecessors, the mace. I am well aware of the history of BBC and other 19th century cue makers, so I am not asking for references to their work. I have found reference to a few handcrafted Portuguese cues made in the mid-18th century, and I have also found images depicting French monarchs playing with maces in the mid-15th century. I have been fortunate enough to hold a few maces over the years, but none had documentation that was readily available.

With that being said, does anyone know the definitive oldest "cue" or "mace" that has been preserved to modernity? Does anyone know if any institutions preserve these artifacts? I'd like to at least identify the oldest known surviving cues so that I can begin my research in depth.

Thank you

Oldest Known Pool Cue Stick?

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  1. ThriceGreatbilliardsforum on 1/14/2018 3:59:30 PM

    I really want to know what you find out on this. Your question made me realize how little I know of what is actually out there today.

    I would say that most certainly you'll want to be looking outside of north america.

    Here are a few resources:

    Also, you may want to reach out to Guy Huybrechts (guy.huybrechts@skynet.be) - a cue collector who has documented history on hundreds of French pool cues from the early 1800s era. The last link below is probably the one you are looking for.

    It will at least be a starting place... it documents french pool cues from 1825 onward, but I suspect you have probably already found older.

    But, this guy may be able to point you in the right direction.

    Hope this helps and please share what you find in your research!

  2. ThriceGreatbilliardsforum on 3/1/2018 5:41:09 AM

    Did you ever get any further in your search for the oldest known pool cue? I am interested to learn what you found, if anything.

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Oldest Known Pool Cue Stick?

  • Title: Oldest Known Pool Cue Stick?
  • Author: (J Owens)
  • Published: 1/14/2018 12:46:38 PM
  • Last Updated: 1/14/2018 4:20:26 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)