I regret to say that, after having seen this painting of Thomas Howard (Duke of Norfolk and uncle to Anne Boleyn) about a gazillion times, it JUST occurred to me that he is not actually holding some kind of Tudor snooker cue. For the student of history, this is definitely a facepalm moment.
The gold staff is actually his staff of office as Earl Marshall of England.
However, I bet he could have played snooker with it if he’d wanted.
I doubt he would have wanted, though. Sigh.