Most antique cues have a weight stamp. This is a number that gives the manfactured weight of the cue. Sometimes, the number appears on its own. In other cases, it appears with the letters “oz” or "ozs" or with another combination of numbers and letters.
Usually, the weight stamp is located on the shaft, just above the top of the splices. Sometimes, the weight stamp appears on the butt of an antique cue.
Is that Antique Cue Genuine?
The weight stamp is important because it can help to determine whether an antique cue is genuine or not. Some people remove badges from old antique cues and attach them to other cues. People also make replicas of antique cues. The weight stamp can show that a badge does not belong to the cue or that the cue is a replica.
How Old is that Antique Cue?
The weight stamp can also assist with dating an antique cue or, at least, ascribing an antique cue to a particular era. Most manufacturers operated for many years and, at different times, used differing styles of weight stamp. A knowledge of weight stamps can sometimes help to identify the era during which an antique cue might have been made. This is especially important with some antique cues which were made over long periods of time, like the Burroughes & Watts’ Burwat Champion or the Mannock.
Our Articles on Weight Stamps
On this website, you can read articles on the weight stamps associated with three major manufacturers of cues, namely: Burroughes & Watts; E.J. Riley; and Peradon. You can view these articles by clicking on the links shown below.
The information contained in these articles has been gathered by Andy Hunter and Gordon Radford. It is based primarily on observations of the weight stamps on hundreds of cues.