The down side of owning a rare billiard or
snooker cue is that the temptation to sell it can come upon you quite suddenly
and after selling the feeling of loss can be quite long lasting. From time to
time many of us are short of funds, this can influence our decisions more than
My friend owned a Reece cue that had two breaks
recorded on the badge, both of these breaks took place in 1907. He had taken
this cue to India and competed in the world amateur billiards championship with
it. There are lots of Reece cues about but the 1907 is becoming quite rare. My
friend sold his Reece and I am sure at the time felt that he had done well
financially but on reflection felt that he would rather have the cue back than
the money, unfortunately the buyer had sold the cue and could not get it
I would always advise a person who owns an old
cue to think long and hard before parting with it. There is no doubt that
modern three quarter cues are more flexible in terms of extensions and so on
and yet many people would not replace their old trusty for the most expensive
of modern cues.
Having said that many old cues end up at car
boot sales selling for £20 or less and so some cues never attain the
status of being looked on with sentimentality.
My friend is still a good billiards player but
regrets selling his cue more than two years after doing so. If you know where a
Tom Reece cue exists that my friend can get hold of please let me know, the cue
need not necessarily be identical and yet I feel it must exceed 57" and be
still in single piece form.
Reece cues were made in ash and maple and
carried badges that commemorated breaks made in 1907, 1913 and 1919 along with
a later cue from 1927 that was made by Peradon. The earlier Reece cues were
made by Burroughes and Watts and contain there name along with the reference to
each break on the badge.
I myself am not immune to the effects of
shortness of cash. A few years ago I had a good Burroughes and Watts Eureka
cue, at this time I had just bought a house and my gas boiler had given up the
ghost so cash was as rare as a Clark Mc Conachy cue. I was offered good money
for my Eureka, at this very point in time. I had promised myself that I would
keep the cue as part of my collection even though they are not considered as
rare as many of my other cues. In the end I gave in, thinking more about the
boiler, than the collection.
I have seen other Eureka cues but none that are
as good as the one that I used to own.
Collecting can revolve around decisions made and
offers for swaps taken up or declined, I have found myself swapping perfectly
good cues just to own a cue that is new to my collection.
If a cue has additional sentimental value to you
my advice is never tell a collector that you are considering selling it. If you
do he or she will of course make offers until you either, agree or he or she
runs out of cash. I am trying to help reunite my friend with an appropriate
Reece cue due to his sentimental memories rather than the value in sterling
that the cue is considered to be worth and yet I guess to him the cue has