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Some of the old time cue makers did keep cheap soft cases in their shops for customers. I remember visiting Abe Rich ( Star Cues) at his small shop in a back alley in Miami in 1995. Abe had some cheaper soft cases lying around and also some Kolpin ( a U.S. gun case Mfg. ) soft cases - I bought one from him with the cue he sold me.I’ve heard at least a few references to to vinyl cases.
Here is one for you- someone I knew was very good player in New Rochelle NY- a NYC suburb. George made him a gambler style cue with the playing card suits. George showed up at the pool hall with the cue in a paper bag as usual. The new owner went over to the table , took the cue out of the bag, and as George watched, he ran 50+ right out of the bag! Straight pool was a favorite game back then, George had a big smile of a very proud man Then he got on the train and went back to Brooklyn to create another masterpiece! True story.
Another common style at that time was the undivided leather tube case. Brunswick sold them and I got one from Whitehead and Zimmerman in San Francisco that was said to be made in Mexico by special order. It was large enough for two butts and four shafts. It had a simple pattern tooled into the leather. There are similar styles today but the modern ones are mostly divided and mostly much fancier. Mine had a pool cloth liner.