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How did it started?


It’s fair to say that the start of my collection was around 33 years ago at the age of 16, this was the time when I was first introduced to the game of Billiards. My father played it for a long time and taught me the basics of the game, after which we played on the same team for several years. Straight rail and three-cushion were our favorite games.


Left: Taxi Billard, compteur Billard ancien(in collection)


My passion for the game grew and so did the number of cues I owned, especially through the gifts I got from my parents. They made the start of my collection possible and I still thank them for that. After I got my own place I decided to build my own billiard room, a place to call my own and to have the opportunity to play whenever I want to. Also, in this case, I want to give a big thank you towards my parents and later on my wife for making it all possible.


 What are my favorites?


My favorite cue brand is eSBee, these cues are manufactured by Stany Buyle from Belgium at first when he was located in Belgium and now from out of his workshop in France. eSBee cues are handmade and they can compete with every other handmade cue in the world. Visiting his website (www.esbeecreations.be) is highly recommendable) 

Many more beautiful cue brands are available: Hiolle, Brunswick, Hénin-Ainé, Longoni and much more. Besides eSBee I prefer the antique brand's and models.

All collectible in their own way and to the personal taste of the collector.

Besides cues, my other main focus point lies on books about Carom Billiards, where language is not important as long as they are on topic. Today it's getting harder and harder to find early or rare books, you definitely need a bit of luck from time to time.




Bronze on marble supposedly depicting W. Hoppe

(in collection)




F.MingaudF.Mingaud What is collectible?

 As for all other Billiard related games the range of collectibles varies quite a lot, you can decide to go for one or two single kinds of objects (cues or books) or you can go for a specific range in general (Carom or Pool memorabilia).

Key factors in collecting are the time and effort you want to be put into searching for the right items,  the availability of objects and the unavoidable factor .... money. The general rule for Billiard memorabilia applies: the rarer the item the higher the price.    

But even on a low budget, you can find some great stuff, just think about the huge numbers of postcards that are offered through the numerously available auction sites.   Highlighting the most important fields of collectibles would give the following result:  

Books / Cues and cases /  Art works / Tobacco cards / Postcards / Newspaper clippings / Tournament memorabilia / Player specific items.   



Left: Currier and Ives Black Americana Pool tin around 1882

(in collection)





Right:  German Books bij Kerkau, Eduard, Hanke an Bogumil  (in collection)



BWA (Billiards Worldcup Association)

In 1991 I went the Ghent (Belgium) for the first time ever to watch a BWA tournament. The entire scene was so overwhelming that from that day on the BWA had a special place in my heart.

Strangely enough during the years to come I struggled to find BWA related material until 2018. In that year in a conversation I mentioned to Bert van Manen that I was looking for a BWA badge, he tol me that he had on for me and that he would send it to me. Weel he did, not only the badge but a lot of great other items as well. Thanks to Jan Rosmulder I got in touch with Cor van Erp, former president of the BWA.  He supported my plan of creating an BWA Archive by donating outstanding material to the archive, not once but several times. Cor also was kind enough to introduce me to some other former key members of the BWA: Raf Borremans, Pierre Cornelissen and Maarten Oldenburg. They all donated beautiful BWA related material. I had the honor to host them during the 2020 Dutch 3C Masters in Berlicum.

There was one key member missing during that time, due to some miscommunication, who should have been there, Michel Cielen.  We for sure make up for that. Michel was however kind enough to also donate marvelous items to the archive.

Their donations kick-started the archive and I am deeply thankful to them all.

So the BWA Archive is an important part of the collection and I'm glad to have these items, the most important part however is by collecting items for the archive is to make sure the BWA gets her well deserved place in carom billiards history.