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    I had an elderly aunt die a few weeks ago and when sorting her house out i came across a set of ivory billiard balls.
    Included with the balls was a small card that states the following:

    "The Set of Balls used by me in the 499135 break.
    T. Reece"

    I understand that this break took place over 5 weeks in 1907.

    I also have a letter dated 1968 offering these ivories for sale and the receipt indicating these were a legitimate purchase.

    I was hoping that someone would be able to tell me how much these items are worth.

    I can send a photo of the balls for your reference if required and they do come in their original leather case

  • #2
    Too much for me I'm sure but I know some collectors who would be interested if you could email me over some pictures? Email address is on my website Www.oldcues.co.uk.
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    Old cue collector --
    Cue Sales: http://oldcues.co.uk/index.php?id=for_sale_specials
    (yes I know they're not cheap, I didn't intend them to be!..)
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    • #3
      Should be destroyed. No interest in ivory means no demand. Take away the interest and the elephants live on. The Duke of Cambridge destroyed some ivory antiques. Some will say that doesn't bring a dead elephant back to life but it does make ivory collecting taboo and changes attitudes to ivory generally, thus destroying part of the market. Those thinking this is ok really are disgusting. Hats off to the DoC for doing the right thing. Torture balls; wouldn't want them anywhere near me.

      Ivory is a great stain on our game. And great stains should be removed; not enjoyed.

      Stand up for something or fall for everything.
      Last edited by Big Splash!; 12th September 2016, 11:55 AM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Big Splash! View Post
        Should be destroyed. No interest in ivory means no demand. Take away the interest and the elephants live on. The Duke of Cambridge destroyed some ivory antiques. Some will say that doesn't bring a dead elephant back to life but it does make ivory collecting taboo and changes attitudes to ivory generally, thus destroying part of the market. Those thinking this is ok really are disgusting. Hats off to the DoC for doing the right thing. Torture balls; wouldn't want them

        Ivory is a great stain on our game. And great stains should be removed; not enjoyed.

        Stand up for something or fall for everything.

        You have converted me Splash with your argument, so eloquently put.
        Highest break to date? 1

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        • #5
          Originally posted by keef567 View Post
          I had an elderly aunt die a few weeks ago and when sorting her house out i came across a set of ivory billiard balls.
          Included with the balls was a small card that states the following:

          "The Set of Balls used by me in the 499135 break.
          T. Reece"

          I understand that this break took place over 5 weeks in 1907.

          I also have a letter dated 1968 offering these ivories for sale and the receipt indicating these were a legitimate purchase.

          I was hoping that someone would be able to tell me how much these items are worth.

          I can send a photo of the balls for your reference if required and they do come in their original leather case
          I would be interested in those but in truth you should send them to dominic winter the auction house because they are well you will get the best price.
          https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/adr147

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          • #6
            Hi,
            I am interested in them.
            Please email me direct machines@macval.com.au
            Thanks,
            Graham.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Big Splash! View Post
              Should be destroyed. No interest in ivory means no demand. Take away the interest and the elephants live on. The Duke of Cambridge destroyed some ivory antiques. Some will say that doesn't bring a dead elephant back to life but it does make ivory collecting taboo and changes attitudes to ivory generally, thus destroying part of the market. Those thinking this is ok really are disgusting. Hats off to the DoC for doing the right thing. Torture balls; wouldn't want them anywhere near me.

              Ivory is a great stain on our game. And great stains should be removed; not enjoyed.

              Stand up for something or fall for everything.
              Shut the **** up you argumentative ****ing oink.
              ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
              Old cue collector --
              Cue Sales: http://oldcues.co.uk/index.php?id=for_sale_specials
              (yes I know they're not cheap, I didn't intend them to be!..)
              ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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              • #8
                I sure hope you don't play the piano! You wouldn't want to tickle those old ivories!
                And what about the old cues with ivory badges? QUICK go though your collection and crush them!!!
                Originally posted by Big Splash! View Post
                Should be destroyed. No interest in ivory means no demand. Take away the interest and the elephants live on. The Duke of Cambridge destroyed some ivory antiques. Some will say that doesn't bring a dead elephant back to life but it does make ivory collecting taboo and changes attitudes to ivory generally, thus destroying part of the market. Those thinking this is ok really are disgusting. Hats off to the DoC for doing the right thing. Torture balls; wouldn't want them anywhere near me.

                Ivory is a great stain on our game. And great stains should be removed; not enjoyed.

                Stand up for something or fall for everything.

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                • #9
                  Of course I am against poaching and the killing of wild animals for bits of them to be used for human greed and vanities; but to destroy ivory items of art and/or history for what was a legal trade at the time is very narrow and simplistic view.
                  To extend the analogy, what if all firms/businesses that were established/based/profited/connected to the slave trade were forced to stop trading; then 99% of firms over 150 years established would be affected, not just in the UK, but across Europe, US, Africa, and elsewhere.
                  There must be a point of separation and Cites (and many other organisations) have done a lot to stop the modern trade and agree separation/boundaries.

                  For the balls in the OP, I would love to have these, a moment in billiards history never to be repeated.

                  keef567 - your aunt didn't happen to have the actual cue Tom Reece used as well did she?
                  Up the TSF!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DeanH View Post
                    Of course I am against poaching and the killing of wild animals for bits of them to be used for human greed and vanities; but to destroy ivory items of art and/or history for what was a legal trade at the time is very narrow and simplistic view.
                    To extend the analogy, what if all firms/businesses that were established/based/profited/connected to the slave trade were forced to stop trading; then 99% of firms over 150 years established would be affected, not just in the UK, but across Europe, US, Africa, and elsewhere.
                    There must be a point of separation and Cites (and many other organisations) have done a lot to stop the modern trade and agree separation/boundaries.

                    For the balls in the OP, I would love to have these, a moment in billiards history never to be repeated.

                    keef567 - your aunt didn't happen to have the actual cue Tom Reece used as well did she?
                    Thank you - we don't burn our history because we don't like what happened!
                    https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/adr147

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                    • #11
                      Ur
                      Originally posted by DeanH View Post
                      Of course I am against poaching and the killing of wild animals for bits of them to be used for human greed and vanities; but to destroy ivory items of art and/or history for what was a legal trade at the time is very narrow and simplistic view.
                      To extend the analogy, what if all firms/businesses that were established/based/profited/connected to the slave trade were forced to stop trading; then 99% of firms over 150 years established would be affected, not just in the UK, but across Europe, US, Africa, and elsewhere.
                      There must be a point of separation and Cites (and many other organisations) have done a lot to stop the modern trade and agree separation/boundaries.

                      For the balls in the OP, I would love to have these, a moment in billiards history never to be repeated.

                      keef567 - your aunt didn't happen to have the actual cue Tom Reece used as well did she?
                      Fair point Dean and understandable. But those said organizations no longer deal in slavery. Illegal poaching and hunting still unfortunately occurs.
                      Highest break to date? 1

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DeanH View Post
                        Of course I am against poaching and the killing of wild animals for bits of them to be used for human greed and vanities; but to destroy ivory items of art and/or history for what was a legal trade at the time is very narrow and simplistic view.
                        To extend the analogy, what if all firms/businesses that were established/based/profited/connected to the slave trade were forced to stop trading; then 99% of firms over 150 years established would be affected, not just in the UK, but across Europe, US, Africa, and elsewhere.
                        There must be a point of separation and Cites (and many other organisations) have done a lot to stop the modern trade and agree separation/boundaries.

                        For the balls in the OP, I would love to have these, a moment in billiards history never to be repeated.

                        keef567 - your aunt didn't happen to have the actual cue Tom Reece used as well did she?
                        When we in the West make it ok to collect ivory, we give the nod to Asia to do the same, only with today's elephants and rhinos. These animals are being hunted down for no good reason. But hey, it's ok for the West to trade in ivory. Let's just not allow others to do so. Profit should not be made from misery. That you would want something from a magnificent animal cruely and painfully killed says much about you Deano. The DoC has it right and gets my applause.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by djax View Post
                          Ur

                          Fair point Dean and understandable. But those said organizations no longer deal in slavery. Illegal poaching and hunting still unfortunately occurs.
                          Yes, and nobody I know would support that. The cites rules are very clear. In order to prevent poaching you need to prevent the desire for it, that I am afraid is not really a European problem.
                          https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/adr147

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Big Splash! View Post
                            When we in the West make it ok to collect ivory, we give the nod to Asia to do the same, only with today's elephants and rhinos. These animals are being hunted down for no good reason. But hey, it's ok for the West to trade in ivory. Let's just not allow others to do so. Profit should not be made from misery. That you would want something from a magnificent animal cruely and painfully killed says much about you Deano. The DoC has it right and gets my applause.
                            They are not collecting Ivory. People in the western world collect it in the form of antiques that are almost always worth more than the value of the material, and we are not allowed to rework it. In Asia it is still used.
                            https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/adr147

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ADR147 View Post
                              They are not collecting Ivory. People in the western world collect it in the form of antiques that are almost always worth more than the value of the material, and we are not allowed to rework it. In Asia it is still used.
                              You and I both know that ivory sold in London or on ebay will find it's way to China. This is the principle destination for old balls sold as 'bone' to get around regulations. Then its reworked or put in health potions. This fuels demand for fresh ivory. The idea that people aren't collecting ivory is ridiculous. The balls are made of ivory! They're not collecting poly balls, or even TCs. They're interested in these balls because of the material. The material is not incidental.
                              Last edited by Big Splash!; 13th September 2016, 06:34 PM.

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