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Who Made This Old Cue with Ivory Inlays?

Who Made This Old Cue with Ivory Inlays?

I am trying to figure out who made this old cue.

My dad passed away several years ago and my mom passed on his pool cue to me. It hasn't been used in 20 years, and I took it out yesterday because I got a new pool table delivered to my house.

The stick still rolls straight. The pool table installer was impressed with the craft work on the stick. It has ivory inlays. My mom said dad bought it new in the early 1970s when we lived in Flint, Michigan. There are no markings or signature to be found anywhere on the cue.

If I heard the name of the manufacturer I would remember it.

Any suggestions?








Who Made This Old Cue with Ivory Inlays?

Replies & Comments

  1. ibbuckhunterbilliardsforum on 2/17/2018 3:31:37 PM

    It sounds like you used to know the name of the manufacturer? Do you remember the first letter?

  2. ibbuckhunteribbuckhunter on 2/17/2018 5:07:47 PM

    No. Unfortunately I don't. Here are some pics of the pool cue in better lighting:









  3. ibbuckhuntersergio8ball on 2/19/2018 12:36:48 AM

    Maybe it's one of these cuemakers:

    • Balabushka
    • Szambodi
    • Herman Rambow
    • Ernie Gutierrez...
  4. ibbuckhunteribbuckhunter on 2/20/2018 10:56:15 AM

    I think I got it, somewhat. I was told it might be an old Schmelke cue. I sent the pics to Schmelke in Wisconsin and they said it sure looked like one of their old cues from their D50 line. However they said it appears to have been customized because they don't have record of the ivory inlays work that had been done.

    The leather grip and brass joint is definitely their design though.

    Now if only could get an estimate of what it's worth.

  5. ibbuckhunterbilliardsforum on 2/20/2018 6:59:59 PM

    This really does look like a Schmelke cue, but I can't locate it in their catalog archives. Have you been able to nail down a Schmelke brochure showing this cue?

    And how sure are you that the inlays are ivory?

    Also, the D50 is a specific model, not a line, and your cue does not seem to match the Schmelke D50 cue in my opinion.


  6. ibbuckhunteribbuckhunter on 2/20/2018 7:20:02 PM

    To quote David at Schmelke:

    It looks custom so I wouldn’t be able to pin point it exactly. It is a variation of our Model D50 from our initial catalog from the mid 1970’s. Some of our early cues had no logo.

    As far as ivory inlays I do not know for sure. The billiards dealer that sold me my table said he was certain that they were ivory. He offered me $325 without knowing for sure who manufactured the cue but I was not interested.

    I am hoping to get it appraised. If it's only worth a few hundred bucks I would like to get it refinished and looking like new again.

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Who Made This Old Cue with Ivory Inlays?

  • Title: Who Made This Old Cue with Ivory Inlays?
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  • Published: 2/17/2018 2:24:07 PM
  • Last Updated: 2/17/2018 3:30:20 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)