Yes, there are many mysteries around the business and cues at that time. It was all internal and not in their advertising or marketing materials. I have never seen any real documentation and have been putting it together for years from various sources.
Yes, of course, Helmstetter/Adam made very good points. But I am pretty certain they were sent Schmelke blanks to finish for a while, before they started making them. Likely just while they made their further business agreements and Adam tooled up for the job. A year? Maybe two? I don't think it had anything to do with Adam not being able to make good points. Certainly they could and did.
Those stamped numbers appeared on some non-Brunswick branded Adam cues as well.
Indeed, Adam made cues for many other makers and many of their own sub-brands.
They made cues for Palmer in the later years as is commonly known.
Did you ever hear of US cuemaker Eckes? They made cues in the US...but later imported Adam cues under the Eckes brand. Hard to find.
Yes, Adam made a lot of cues under a lot of brand names. And they made very good cues.
Some of their brands were made exclusively for the European or Asian markets and are rarely heard of in the US. I have yet to own any of those but am after several.
They also made a lot of bottom end cues out of Ramin wood and/or with decals. Many.
I understand your feelings for the cue. Enjoy it. I am the same with several cues I have.
If and when you are interested in selling, please contact me. Maybe we can agree on something. I am a collector. And I do collect Brunswick. And I rarely sell. I do not flip cues.
I am saving records of this conversation and the pictures of this cue. Thank you for posting it.