E. Hénin Aîné & Brunswick (France):

Hénin Ainé (Paris). Originally, 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.).

Advertisement of the early 1900s............................................... Catalogue of 1925.

1Queue Hénin Aîné
Macassar ebony and maple.

2Hénin Aîné Paris
Carved rosewood and maple.

Maple and Brazilian rosewood shaft and butt have two opposite '4-point' splices.

For more details about 1 to 3, see Section B.

Butts 4 to 8 below are 'La VICTORIEUSE' ones with adjustable weight (see Section A).




covered 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




Very 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 mother-of-pearl.


Carving similar to previous one.

11Hénin Aîné
Dates from before 1940.


Old amaranth carved butt, inlaid with mother-of-pearl.


Carved rosewood butt 13 is inlaid with a big mother-of-pearl motif.


Butts 14 to 17 below are provided with the 'Hénin Aîné Paris ' decal.


Extensively carved.

'Bottle' shaped, '2-piece' and carved.

Brunswick (Paris).


Left to right: advertisements of 1910, 1912 and 1934.

Here 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.

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The 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)


Without points, made of amaranth and maple, adorned with mother-of-pearl inlays and several carvings.

4 to 10
Various 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

is a '4-point' one.

11 and 12Gallia

Two Gallias with decals from the early 1900s (see Section A) with very narrow joint collars (19 mm in diameter).

Three different Monarch (see Section A).

16.'Hexagonal' cue

No. 134 with 'hexagonal' butt (for more details see Section J. 4).

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 rubber wrap.

Carved '4-point' cue signed Brunswick, probably manufactured by Proust.



An inlaid cue, with gilded signature and its box.

Finally, four cues probably made in the U.S.A.

Brunswick Nr. 18 with American decal dating from about the 1921-1925 period (for more details, see Section B).

21 and 22
Two '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.

A more recent cue (1960s) provided with a brass joint and covered with a dark textile thread 'grip'.
(*) Probably produced in small numbers around 1980.