Lot # 6: 1840 W & J Gourlay Feather Golf Ball

Category: Golf Balls

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

Bids: 24 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Spring 2019 Auction",
which ran from 3/27/2019 6:30 PM to
4/13/2019 7:00 PM

When it comes to golf balls, nothing beats a feathery; when it comes to featheries, nothing beats a Gourlay.

But offered here is the crème de la crème – not just any feathery but a W&J Gourlay feathery. W&J refers to William and John Gourlay. Most collectors are familiar with John (J.) Gourlay (1815-1869) and his legendary featheries, but prior to working on his own, “J. Gourlay” worked with his older brother William (1813-1844). William tragically died young - at the age of 31 - in 1944. Featheries made by this short lived partnership are stamped 'W&J GOURLAY' and were only made between 1838 and 1844.

This is a high grade W&J Gourlay feathery golf ball, one of the finest we've ever seen. The ball is virtually unimprovable; it contains an exceptional “W&J Gourlay” stamp and is also stamped “28” which stands for 28 pennyweights.