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 wrote 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.
It's remarkable how the name Davis has been associated with snooker from it's earliest times as a world class sport. First there was Joe, born in 1901 and so 26 years old when he won the first ever World Snooker Championship. From Newsreel footage, we can see that Joe invented shots, while many players were content to hit and run with twenty breaks or thirty breaks, Joe was creating ways to split the pack of red balls and attack the game. Thus becoming famous for increasing the tournament record break year after year almost.