The Van Laere billiard house, founded in 1906, was located in Brussels.
It manufactured reputed billiard tables, balls and cues for almost a century. Cue butts were in one or more pieces. Numerous woods were used (most of them are mentioned in Section L) except for the shafts and their screws which were usually in sycamore.
Here are some butts which are practically all carved and adorned with inlays (for more details, see Sections C and L):
stamped with 'L VAN LAERE' (the oldest ones)
(see Section L).
The butt below
b. stamped with 'MADE BY VAN LAERE'
1 à 5
c. not stamped
1 to 4
The most successful model, named 'St-Michel' (registered trademark),
was the one with a 'bottle' shape. Some specimens manufactured
between about 1920 and 1980 are shown below.
according to their approximate ages. The oldest one is No 1..
the oldest one is Nr.
7 to 13
inlays of butts d1 to d3 are made of ivory.
St-Michel shafts were 'common' sycamore maple but sometimes also 'tiger'
('curly') or 'bird's eye' sycamore maple..