This circa 1889 Silvertown “SS SS” machine line
cut gutta percha golf ball was part of the famous Harry B. Wood Collection. It still
contains the well-recognized small paper label bearing Wood's handwritten date
and notation. These labels were created by Wood in order to display his grand
collection of memorabilia in the late 1800s and very early 1900s. Harry B. Wood
began his collection in 1868, just two years after the Royal & Ancient
announced their own intentions to assemble a museum. Few golf antiques share
the provenance and history of items from the Harry B. Wood Collection. Harry
B. Wood assembled, cataloged, and displayed approximately 175 golf balls for
his legendary collection.
This 1889 Silvertown “SS SS” gutty golf ball
is in excellent condition, and retains nearly 100% of its original paint. The “Silver
Town SS SS” lettering is very easily readable, which is rare for this ball with
its faint stamping. Harry B. Wood's original label is in Fair to Good overall condition.