Lot # 14: 'Alleged’ Hand Hammered Gutta Percha Golf Ball (Harry B. Wood Collection)

Category: Golf Balls

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

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This hand hammered gutta percha golf ball was part of the famous Harry B. Wood collection. This has always been one of our favorite Harry B. Wood golf balls, as Wood himself labeled the ball as "Alleged Hand Hammered". Golf ball makers were transitioned from "hand hammering" golf balls to using a mold/press to do the labor-intensive work for them. It appears that even the great collecting pioneer Harry B. Wood couldn't tell whether these nickings were done by hand! This ball bears the well-recognized small paper label bearing Harry B. Wood's handwritten notation. These labels were created by Wood in order to display his grand collection of memorabilia in the late 1800s and very early 1900s. Many of Wood’s original labels have, quite reasonably, aged poorly over the past 100+ years. But not this example, which is in very good condition and still very legible. 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. 

This exact ball is pictured on plate XIV in The Story of the Golf Ball (2003) by Kevin McGimpsey. This ball is in excellent condition with 95% original paint. This finely struck hand hammered pattern was clearly the work of a highly skilled ball maker.