E. Hénin Aîné & Brunswick (France):
the specialty of this firm founded in 1830 was the ivory billiard ball.
It then extended its activities to other billiard accessories (see
HENIN Aîné, Grande Fabrique de Billes de Billards, Catalogue,
Paris, France, ca. 1889, 35 p.).
of the early 1900s...............................................
Catalogue of 1925.
ebony and maple.
rosewood and maple.
and Brazilian rosewood shaft and butt have two opposite '4-point'
more details about 1 to 3, see Section B.
4 to 8 below are 'La VICTORIEUSE' ones with adjustable weight (see Section
with an embedded rubber wrap.
uncommon (*) because in four parts instead of three,
The part adorned with a large inlay has a particular shape and
is also carved, as shown on its back side.below
old '2-piece'. The ebony and maple butt is adorned with mother-of-pearl,
ivory and floral carvings. The letters M and T are engraved in the large
dot probably made of abalone shell, more colourful and rare than
similar to previous one.
from before 1940.
amaranth carved butt, inlaid with mother-of-pearl.
Carved rosewood butt 13 is inlaid with a big mother-of-pearl motif.
14 to 17 below are provided with the 'Hénin Aîné
Paris ' decal.
shaped, '2-piece' and carved.
Left to right: advertisements
of 1910, 1912 and 1934.
are some cues manufactured between 1900 and 1940.
'8-point' made of ebony and maple, inlaid with mother-of-pearl
and finely carved. Its two opposite triangular plates are surrounded
by red, yellow and black wooden veneers and its large escutcheon is
monogrammed. Gilt Brunswick signature is engraved on the butt. The
last picture shows a simulation of the butt-end based on some fragments
of its white collar.
diameters of the butt-end, the joint collar of the butt and the ferrule
of the shaft with a wooden screw are 36, 20.5 and 12 mm, respectively.
The weight is 640 g.
'4-point', richly decorated, too (inlays,
carvings and coloured veneers on points).
points, made of amaranth and maple, adorned with mother-of-pearl
inlays and several carvings.
cues. The typical type 2 thin screw (see Section L 1 b screw) of shafts
4 and 5 is made of wood and that of 6, 8 (also see Section B) and 10
is of aluminium. Cue 9 is signed. The origin of the carved ebony 7 is
hypothetical. Note that the service tree and amaranth shaft of cue 8
a '4-point' one.
Gallias with decals from the early 1900s (see Section A) with
very narrow joint collars (19 mm in diameter).
different Monarch (see Section A).
No. 134 with 'hexagonal' butt (for more details see Section J.
Signed (propeller, see Section L 2 h) '2-piece' Nr. 146 with a thin
brass joint screw. Made of Brazilian rosewood and maple, it is 'bottle'
shaped, inlaid with mother-of-pearl and covered with an embedded
Carved '4-point' cue signed Brunswick, probably manufactured
inlaid cue, with gilded signature and its box.
four cues probably made in the U.S.A.
Nr. 18 with American decal dating from about the 1921-1925 period (for
more details, see Section B).
'one-piece' cues with
rounded 'Vignaux' style splice, the Nr. 18 Brunswick with two veneers
and a probable variety of the Nr. 10 with two such splices.
more recent cue (1960s) provided with a brass joint and covered with
a dark textile thread 'grip'.
Probably produced in small numbers around 1980.