My Collection (the exes):
The Festival Of Britain Cue, made by Raper & SonsDescription:
A rare cue from Raper & Sons of Manchester, made to commemorate the 'festival of Britain'. The festival of Britain was a national exhibition held throughout the united kingdom in the summer of 1951. It was organised by the government to give Britons a feeling of recovery in the aftermath of war (from Wikipedia). This cue features a pear shaft with exotic facing splice on a machine spliced ebony butt.
Length: 57.50inches, weighing 17.50ounces.
Cue diameters: 9.60mm at the tip, 14.00mm at 12in, and 29.30mm at the butt.