Lot # 73: 1892 Walter Dalrymple Patent "Hammer" Club

Category: Golf Clubs

Starting Bid: $500.00

Bids: 23 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2018 Winter Auction",
which ran from 11/20/2018 5:00 PM to
12/8/2018 7:00 PM

The "Hammer" duplex club was produced in 1892 and was very short-lived. It appears that golfers did not take to it, as was reported by Golf magazine. The Dalrymple "Hammer" club was the comet of last season, and has now disappeared from the firmament (a few copies remaining at Hutchinson's may be picked up by collectors of curiosities). Golf, 27 Jan. 1893. We, as collectors in the 21st century, often speculate as to rarity of a club based on weak sales, but here is an actual contemporary account of just how unsuccessful a product was to golfers at the time! 

"Today, Dalrymple clubs are difficult to locate and eminently collectible." The Clubmaker's Art (2nd Ed.) by Jeffery B. Ellis, p. 515. "Approximately 10 mashie/putters are known."  

Offered here is a circa 1892 Sir Walter Dalrymple Hammer club. This was designed to be both a mashie and a putter. Walter Dalrymple was the Baronet of North Berwick. This club is in high grade condition, and contains bold "J&A Bridges" and "No. Berwick" stamping.   37 1/2"

This piece is being offered today from the famed Ronnie Watts Collection