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American Cue Makers Prior To 1920 (in progress) - 01-12-2017, 12:24 AM

Briggs, Oliver & Son - Boston
Address: 970 Washington St.
Known production era: 1897-1910+/-

Hampel, Fritz/Frank - Chicago
Address: 264 Larabee
Known production era: 1886-1930+/-

Axel F. Hjort - Chicago
Address: Brunswick factory
Known production era: 1880-1925 +/-

Jost family (Harry, Phil, Jesse) - Chicago
Address: 160 N. Wells
Known production era: 1901-1930 +/-

Morris, Max, August Katz - NYC
Address: 301 E. 21st St.
Known production era: 1920- 1972+/-

Charles Lindquist - Chicago
Address: Brunswick factory
Known production era: 1900-1930+/-

Albert Pick & Co. - Chicago
Address: *208-224 W Randolph
Known production era: 1918-1924 +/-

Herman Rambow - Chicago
Address: Brunswick factory/ Albert Pick & Co/ solo business
Known production era: 1900 -1967+/-

Rieper Cue Co - NYC
Address: 147 Baxter St. ( also Marion St. near Webster)
Known production era: 1875-1930+/-

William A. Spinks - Chicago
Address: 362 W. Erie ( Also Niles, MI)
Known production era: 1895 -1920 +/-

Jacob Strahle & Co - San Fran
Address: downtown SF
Known production era: 1882+/-

Martin Trunk - NYC
Address: 137 Elm St. btwn Howard and Grand
Known production era: 1860+/-

Adolph Zeller - Chicago
Address: 148 State St.
Known production era: 1872 -1880+/-



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01-13-2017, 12:25 PM

I would like to suggest adding OLIVER BRIGGS.


https://bluebookofpoolcuevalues.com/...=OLIVER_BRIGGS




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01-13-2017, 12:45 PM

Possible suggestion:

Frank Lanza Sr.and Vincent Gallo, who founded the Victor Billiard Company in 1920

http://lanzabilliards.com/about/our-...tor-billiards/


Not sure that they qualify based on "prior to 1920". and I do not know when they started making cues, but I believe they did.

I have what I believe to be a Victor full splice carom cue that I believe is pre-mid-century, probably 1930's based on the history that I got with the cue. It was found with a group of cues that were accurately dated to the 1930's.


I think it's likely this one won't fit your criteria but it might be worth some looking into.




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01-16-2017, 12:36 PM

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I would like to suggest adding OLIVER BRIGGS.


https://bluebookofpoolcuevalues.com/...=OLIVER_BRIGGS
Good call on Briggs....I'm sure there are others that I'm forgetting.
I'll also have to double check to see if Balke or Collender were producing cues as well.

Here's an 1897 Briggs catalog that mentions their (cue) production and repair facility...
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01-19-2017, 10:01 AM

I would like to suggest Koehler & Hinrichs:

http://forums.azbilliards.com/showpo...26&postcount=7


Also mentioned in Byrne's Complete Book of Pool Shots on page 343, which is a reference to a 1901 advertisement. It does not mention their cues though.

This is a tougher one to find info on regarding their cues.





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01-19-2017, 01:06 PM

I do have a running file on K&H, but so far, I have seen nothing to indicate that they actually manufactured their own cues.

To the contrary, it appears that they were, at least at one time, simply a supply house, with other manufacturers supplying their wares.

I'm not saying they absolutely didn't produce their own, but I'd like to see something a little more definitive to be convinced.
  
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I do have a running file on K&H, but so far, I have seen nothing to indicate that they actually manufactured their own cues.

To the contrary, it appears that they were, at least at one time, simply a supply house, with other manufacturers supplying their wares.

I'm not saying they absolutely didn't produce their own, but I'd like to see something a little more definitive to be convinced.


It does seem they were likely a distributor. They sold a lot of different things. It's one to keep an eye out for evidence of cue manufacture though.

I'll keep my eyes peeled. I do a lot of research on cue makers and manufacturers and often even dig into old corporate documents that I find.

If I find evidence I will post it here.



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