Created by Chicago-based Wellington Stone, a company renowned from the 1920s through the 1930s for its ornate cast brass floor lamps and bridge lamps, the original Parlor Putter debuted in 1920 and was produced until 1925.
Made of cast iron or brass, Parlor Putter smoking stands feature a trefoil-shape shelf that supported three of the game's marked, wooden-shaft putters. Golf balls were displayed on the shelf's trio of shallow wells and two cast balls decorate the stand's center post. A basket-type tray that tops the post holds the stand's rare original ashtray.
The presented Wellington Parlor Putter is among the finest we've ever encountered. Parlor putter stands are highly collectible today, as they make a fine office or game room display piece. However, they are very difficult to find in good condition. Offered here is a high grade example that still exhibits much of its original paint, the original ash tray, and the 3 original Parlor Putter golf clubs.
Additional Note: While we don't often sell the "story" that comes with a piece of memorabilia, this one was just too interesting for us to pass up. This parlor putter was personally owned by Agnes Von Kurowsky, who literary buffs will know as Ernest Hemingway's love interest who was featured in many of his novels, including the inspiration for Catherine Barkley in A Farewell to Arms. Comes with a letter of provenance from a relative.