Maker of pool cues from approximately 1915 to 1967 in Chicago, Illinois.
Born in Chicago in 1880, named the Titlist, became the basis for nearly every Rambow cue made until his death in 1967. Titlist blank exhibited ivory joints with black collars, and joint screws (mostly aluminum or steel) that protruded from the shaft and screwed into the butt. Brass was Herman´s material of choice for the joint and screw. However, brass was in limited supply as a result of the second World War. It is not known how many of these original Titlist/Rambow cues were produced, but only a few remain in existence today.
As brass became more widely available, Herman used it for joint screws. He also reconfigured the joint to a piloted mechanism in which the screw protruded from the butt section and screwed into a brass receiver machined into the shaft. Keefe & Hamer was a very busy place. In the final years of Rambow´s career,
Today, cues by Herman Rambow are rare and sought after by collectors. Herman Rambow Custom Billiard Cue, Made for Thomas J. Grode in 1967. Signed: Made By Rambow with the owners name and initials panographed into both the butt and shaft. Mr Grode purchased this cue directly from Keefe & Hamer Co. Chicago, Ill 60602 in 1967, the year Herman Rambow died. We do have the original sales receipt with this cue. Shaft measures 29″, Butt measures 29″ with the joint pin and 28 3/4″ without. Ferrule is about 11.9 mm. Combined length 57.75. Brass joint, ivory ferrule, ivory or bone butt cap, linen wrap. Shaft is 3.2oz, butt weight is 15.25oz. Combined weight is 18.45oz. This has to be one of the last cues Herman Rambow made with the original receipt and patina. Rare find. Please call for better pictures and more information.