Even if you're not a Minnesota Fats at the pool table, you can probably appreciate this unusual old pool cue stick. We believe it was custom made but has no identifying markings.
Circa 1940, the stick has some distinctive elements. Most rare and unusual, is the addition of genuine butterscotch Bakelite along the various parts of the stick. There are also dot inlays of mother-of-pearl and black onyx on the forearm and butt sleeve. The cloth wrap (usually Irish linen) is a red and black zigzag design. It has a silken feel.
The shaft looks like hardrock maple wood. It has a good taper and joins perfectly at the brass joint. The stick is straight. It measures 56.5 when the two halves are joined.
Parts of the wood on the forearm and butt sleeve show some wear to the finish...mostly surface varnish that's effected. Seems like the wood can be easily refinished. There's a small ding in the wood just under the tip. The Bakelite parts and the cloth wrap are intact. Bumper and tip ends are still good to play.
The black padded case has some dings but it has protected the stick well. The latches stay closed and the handle is solid. The case measures 32 inches long by 3 inches wide by 2 inches high.
Vintage pool cue sticks made with genuine Bakelite (tested phenolic resin) are few and far between. This one has all that and more. Excellent vintage condition.
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