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Is this an early Ron Thomas Case? - 12-04-2018, 08:31 PM

I rescued this nice old case from a yard sale today. Sadly it had two cheap import cues next to the case. Iím sure something nice was in it at one point. Anyway, I seem to recall the earlier Thomas cases had kids and bottoms like this, but I need the expert eyes.







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12-05-2018, 04:15 AM

Definitely looks like one. His name may be in the bottom of the inside of the lid.

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12-06-2018, 03:58 AM

It is a Ron Thomas case.
  
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12-06-2018, 04:15 AM

Yes,
An early Ron Thomas case.
As said earlier by JV, check inside lid for (faint) signature.

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12-06-2018, 12:35 PM

Cool case.

Yup, most likely Thomas I would say. Like 99.99639% sure...

Look for a signature, but not all are signed, and I believe many of the early ones were not. And as has been said, an old signature may be faint anyway.

Why not contact him and ask him?

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12-06-2018, 05:34 PM

That one fooled me. I would have sworn it was an old It's George case. You guys are good.
  
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12-06-2018, 07:31 PM

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That one fooled me. I would have sworn it was an old It's George case. You guys are good.
They used the same leather. I have one.

But that snap closure? And the strap and hardware? I don't think so.

There have been some imports built like this, but they are usually vinyl, not leather.

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12-07-2018, 10:57 AM

No markings under the lid. That was the first thing I looked for. The old pool shop that closed a few years ago would get Ronís cases in regularly and with custom modifications all the time, so I would make sense that I would find an older one locally. I still kick myself, he had an old snake skin one, I canít recall what type of snake, for cheap, maybe $300 if I recall. It was before I knew much about he market. I went back a week later to buy it and he said a collector back east bought it. I miss Billiards N Bagels. He had everything from Dufferins to SWís, Richard Blacks, lots of Rundeís, Perry Weston ebony and silver cues, all sorts of cool stuff you never see at a brick and mortar.

Side note, I cleaned the leather but what is the best way touch up the worn spots? Brown shoe polish?


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12-07-2018, 12:24 PM

Here is another old case I bought a few years ago that was identified as an early Ron Thomas but in vinyl.





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12-07-2018, 01:14 PM

I have an It's George with the same color and pattern leather. It was very scuffed up, worse that yours. I did it with conditioner and show polish and it came out great.











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Today, 05:43 PM

Sometimes, it's the smallest things that identify a case. A cue, for that matter as well.

Here, the top and bottom end caps are key. On the top is my Ron Thomas case. On the bottom is my George case. They are both distinct. The top of the Thomas case is the same as the bottom of a Thomas case.

I believe the OP's case is a Ron Thomas. Always, based on evidence. And yes, mine has the Thomas note inside the cap, though maybe not all do.

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