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Old unmarked mystery cue brass joint Ivory ferrule - guesses on maker? - 11-28-2018, 03:34 PM

Just had to buy this never having seen anything like it.

Has the old brass joint similar to the Rambow's, Ivory ferrule, ebony butt cap, bumperless, with a mother of pearl inlay I presume over the butt screw. Checkered rings with a bunch of different woods.

Presuming it is at least early 60's vintage, maybe earlier?

Anyone have any guesses for who made it?

I'm not very knowledgeable of makers from that time period, but of known makers I was guessing maybe Doc Frye or Abe Rich. After doing this research, I thought to check where the seller who owned it for decades is from, and he happened to be only 15 minutes from Feasterville, PA where Doc Frye's shop was, for what that's worth. I was just guessing Doc Frye as I saw some examples where the butt cap and joint looked sorta the same, though there are things that dont match what Doc Frye cues were characterized by. After I got it I went back and asked the seller if he knew anything about where it came from......he said he couldn't remember but that there was a sticky note on it with the name George Britner (which seems would have been way earlier).

Also curious whether anyone has any idea how rare it would be for a particular maker to have that many types of wood laying around that went into this cue....

Thanks much for any info or guesses.

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11-28-2018, 07:38 PM

May be Adam Franks out of New Mexico


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11-29-2018, 12:53 AM

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11-29-2018, 09:23 AM

Now that I have read your post. It very well could be a George Britner as it is turned in a Britner fashion where the butt thins from the wrap area to the butt cap


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11-29-2018, 04:39 PM

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there was a sticky note on it with the name George Britner
I think we have an answer.

As for the variety of wood, those are smaller pieces. Not unusual for a cue maker to have a variety of "scrap" pieces to put together such a design IMHO.

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11-29-2018, 05:03 PM

Thanks guys. That's pretty cool if it's actually Britner's work. Is it something worth enough that I should have it authenticated or something, if there is anyone who could even do that?

I will have to try and research Britner more, as to this point I haven't found much about him, other than the relationship with Rambow, and that he was active in the late 1800-early 1900s.

Any guesses for when the cue might date from? I would suppose if it's a Britner that it might be even earlier than the 1950s...? I thought the Brunswick brass joint might have come along a bit later than his timeframe, but don't really know. Maybe the joint was reworked later.

In any event, I did find one other post of a cue suspected to be a Britner, and it also had an inlay in the buttcap, so piece seems to match.

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11-30-2018, 06:26 AM

This cue is from the 1960s-1970s.

There is no way this is pre-1950s


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11-30-2018, 03:27 PM

Told him that flat out. This is a Britner then I have a Balabushka made in 1740.

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11-30-2018, 04:29 PM

Hmmmm...

Yeah, I didn't pay attention to the name.

This cue isn't that old.


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Told him that flat out. This is a Britner then I have a Balabushka made in 1740.

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11-30-2018, 05:32 PM

The Albert Pick Cue Company did similar block designs. "Could" be a conversion.. who knows...

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11-30-2018, 08:00 PM

I want to thank everyone for taking the time to opine on it. One member messaged me to suggest Joe Marchant who I had never heard of. I haven't found much information about Marchant beyond what is in the Blue Book 3rd Ed and looking at a couple examples (just one online and 1 in the blue book), but a lot seems right. The 60s/70s vintage is right, the buttcap appears right with it's shape and the ring, joint is right, the George Britner style/using lots of different woods in blocks seems right. Blue book says he was known for ivory buttcaps and stamping Marchant on the joint.......mine doesn't have those 2 things, but at least one example had a wood buttcap, and would suppose he could have done cues before he started stamping the joints.

Anyway, seems a pretty good guess to me, although I know little of cues this old.

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