It was around the time of 1790 when all aspects of the game of billiards became more refined. One of these refinements was the development of the snooker cue as we know it today.
Towards the end of the 18th century it became increasingly fashionable to play shots with the handle of the mace rather than the thick end. The stubborn, traditional, English looked down upon any form of change and it took a while for this to be accepted. However the more the idea was taken on board the more manufacturers started to make finer and thinner cues. Snooker table cues became thinner and thinner until the other end ceased to be used altogether in the early 1800s.
It was around this time that keen billiard players realised that by roughing up the end of the cue, a better contact could be made with the cue ball.
The tip of the cue, strangely enough, was developed by a French Political prisoner by the name of Francois Minguad who was held by the English. He designed a leather tip, which has not really changed up until the present day.
Getting back to Captain Minguad, it was not until the introduction of chalk in the 1820s that the full range of shots which are part of the modern game became achievable.
Snooker table recovering is normally carried out when either the cloth is worn or the players tip on the cue damages the cloth.
The same can be said on pool table recovering.
Now I have a question for you! Do you know why every decent snooker table cue made has a flat piece at the handle?