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  • MacMorran, the "forgotten" cue manufacturer?

    Can anyone help with info about MacMorran & Co Ltd -Crown Cue Works, Chalk Farm, in the 1920's and 1930's?
    There is almost nothing on the internet. Mike from Old Cues is about the only one to shed any light on them. There is a little info on the Snooker Heritage website but not much else.
    As the manufacturers of the 29 and 32 Lindrum cues, Tom Newman, Clark McConachy, Peal (and many others) I would have thought they would have been given a lot more recognition.
    Graham.
    Melbourne, Australia.

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    This company was established by Andrew MacMorran c.1924 at Crown Cue Works, 22 Cricklewood Lane, N.W., as a specialist cue maker. Macmorran had previously been employed by Peradon as a salesman, and it would seem that they didn't part on amicable terms. Peradon brought an action against Macmorran in 1926 alleging that he stole tools and materials when he left, although this was later withdrawn.

    Like Peradon, the business supplied cues on a wholesale basis to the trade, and became quite successful in this respect. They moved from their Cricklewood Lane premises to a brand-new factory in 8 Fitzroy Road, Chalk Farm, in 1930, and remained there until the death of the founder in 1949.

    Andrew MacMorran had one son who wasn't interested in the business, which was sold to Peradon at this time.
    Last edited by 100-uper; 14th November 2015, 10:53 AM.

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    • #3
      So am i right in thinking the transfer on the cues said "Morcues" ??
      ie like this
      http://i908.photobucket.com/albums/a...wmancue002.jpg

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jrc750 View Post
        So am i right in thinking the transfer on the cues said "Morcues" ??
        ie like this
        http://i908.photobucket.com/albums/a...wmancue002.jpg
        Yes, that was the company trademark. This is a photograph from their 1939 catalogue ......

        http://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/...psduu9s1ab.png

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        • #5
          Nice looking cue, what is the badge? You may also find your cue weight stamp is OZS I believe this is a MacMorran weight stamp.

          Originally posted by jrc750 View Post
          So am i right in thinking the transfer on the cues said "Morcues" ??
          ie like this
          http://i908.photobucket.com/albums/a...wmancue002.jpg

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          • #6
            Originally posted by bongo7777 View Post
            Nice looking cue, what is the badge? You may also find your cue weight stamp is OZS I believe this is a MacMorran weight stamp.
            It was a Tom Newman cue i had a long time ago
            http://i908.photobucket.com/albums/a...ancue006-1.jpg
            http://i908.photobucket.com/albums/a...ancue007-1.jpg

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            • #7
              Thanks for the info, much appreciated.

              Originally posted by 100-uper View Post
              This company was established by Andrew MacMorran c.1924 at Crown Cue Works, 22 Cricklewood Lane, N.W., as a specialist cue maker. Macmorran had previously been employed by Peradon as a salesman, and it would seem that they didn't part on amicable terms. Peradon brought an action against Macmorran in 1926 alleging that he stole tools and materials when he left, although this was later withdrawn.

              Like Peradon, the business supplied cues on a wholesale basis to the trade, and became quite successful in this respect. They moved from their Cricklewood Lane premises to a brand-new factory in 8 Fitzroy Road, Chalk Farm, in 1930, and remained there until the death of the founder in 1949.

              Andrew MacMorran had one son who wasn't interested in the business, which was sold to Peradon at this time.

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