What you see at the moment is just the beginning of me showing the collection which has taken over fifteen years to put together.
My chief passion is Joe Davis cues, though I also collect signed items and books and magazines associated with the legendary Joe Davis.
I hope that you enjoy looking through my items and that they may inspire you to take a renewed interest in the history of the great games played on an English Billiard table and the characters and memorabilia of yesteryear.
There are so many Variants of the Joe Davis cue that I could create a whole web site about them. I rote this prohetic phrase almost ten years ago in my first article about Joe Davis cues and here we are partisipating in the launch of Chris Lloyd's welcome addition to the collecting web sites, Vintage Billiards.
Joe was such an entrepreneur that he always took every opportunity to promote the game of Snooker and of course himself. Both E J Riley and Peradon Limited produced cues that bore his name. The Riley cues always had a tombstone or bell shaped badge, either cream in colour or on occasion, black. The Peradon versions always had a rectangular badge.Peradon also produced a few Joe Davis cues for Thurston as well.
It was customary for a player to have a "Champion Cue" carrying his name made once he had won the World Billiards Championship in the late 19th and early 20th century and after about 1940 the same tradition was applied to the World Snooker Championships. These cues are known as "Champion Cues". Other cues were made to commemorate high breaks and world record breaks carrying the name of the player who made the break. sometimes these cues were made to commemorate the highest break of a particular player even if they were not the current world record.
Joe Davis became a professional billiards player at the age of 18, having won the Chesterfield Championship at age 13. In 1926 he reached his first World Professional Billiards Championship final but was unsuccessful against defending champion Tom Newman. He reached the final again the following year and was runner-up again to the same opponent. It was to be a case of third time lucky for Davis when he defeated Newman in 1928 to become the world champion at English billiards for the first time. He would defend his title for the next three years – against Newman again in 1929 and 1930 and New Zealander Clark McConachy in 1932. He contested the final two more times in 1933 and 1934 losing on both occasions to Australian Walter Lindrum.
The latest Edition to my Cue Collection, THE VERY SOUGHT AFTER EUREKA METAL PLATE CUE, been searching for one of these for many years and finally tracked one down, in stunning condition, you will find some quick snapshots on the slideshow on this HOMEPAGE....more images to follow.
DO YOU HAVE ONE OF THESE CUES, IT IS PROBABLY THE ONLY ONE I DONT HAVE...IF YOU HAVE ONE PLEASE CONTACT ME !!!
I have found the elusive cue, and images plus an Article on this cue and History will be on the site in due course.
I would like to introduce a wish list for anyone who is looking for anything in particular, it may be a book, cue, magazine or anything Snooker/Billiard related...you never know i may just may have it, or may be able to get hold of it...let me know!!!