An Up Close Look at my Cue Racks

 

 I hope you have had a chance to tour my billiard room. The purpose of the tour was not to boast but to give you ideas when you start out to decorate your own room. As I am a decorator more so than a collector you can see I am running out of space, at least according to my wife. Like any collector the fun is to find the item. Pictures of my pool room have been taken over time. I am certain you will have noticed things moving around to find room for other things. I would like to give you an up close look at my cue racks.

This first cue rack is without question my pride and joy. I have yet to see another like it. If you know of another cue rack like this one please send me a picture. In Mark Stellinga’s book,” Pool and Billiard Collectibles”, on page 120, center picture, there is a picture of an old table with men standing around. I have a scan of the picture below. On the wall partially hidden by the pool table light is a cue rack. It has a striking similarity to my cue rack. Most of the cue racks you might think are similar, having a center support and two outer support posts on the wings. Both my cue rack and the one in the old picture have finials rather than a support post. This old picture of the cue rack was sold at auction a few years ago. If you are the owner of this picture I would like to buy it.

 

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The two cue racks, shown below, are like the one above and are cherished racks that found a special place in my pool room. The cue cabinet below can be seen In Mark Stellinga’s book,” Pool and Billiard Collectibles” on page 258. Mark and Connie Stellinga were gracious hosts giving my wife and me a tour of their billiard collection on several occasions. In fact, I bought my first antique cue from Mark. This cue cabinet caught my eye the first time I saw it. One day, some eight years after first seeing it, I noticed a spot in my billiard room that was a certain fit for the cue cabinet and thus came a road trip from Arizona to Iowa just to buy the rack.

 

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This is an Art Deco cue rack probably from the 1920’s. This is not a revolving rack. The brass is solid and has been restored to its original shine. The black back support has been re-ebonized. Have you seen a mate to this one??

 

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This is a European style cue rack with ivory ball holder on top. It is not a revolving rack. Note, the two ebony and one ivory inlays at several locations on the support post.

 

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K. C. Billiard Table Mfg. Co. Cue Rack. The original stenciling is as sharp as the day it came from the factory. A must have if you have a Kansas City Billiard Table.

 

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 Three cue racks illustrated in early Brunswick Catalogs.

 

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European Cue Racks

 

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Here is my second Kansas City Billiard cue rack found in Denver in 2012

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