A John C. Gourlay 28 feather golf ball circa 1845
Lot 52
A John C. Gourlay 28 feather golf ball circa 1845
Sold for £5,000 (US$ 7,878) inc. premium

Lot Details
A John C. Gourlay 28 feather golf ball circa 1845
With a dark and clear maker's name and number, a neat final stitch, without any marks, wear or stains, hence in fine condition.
Thought to be the best example of a Gourlay feather ball to come to auction in recent years.

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Shown in Golf Memorabilia (2008) Page 9

    The Story of the Golf Ball page 211: 'John C. Gourlay (1815-1869) and his elder brother William (1813-1844) of Bruntsfield were the grandsons of Douglas Gourlay Sr. and the sons of William Gourlay Sr. They were also related by marriage to the McEwan and Dunn club making families. Feather golf balls made by this partnership were stamped 'W & J GOURLAY'. William died very young in 1844, just a year before the arrival of the gutta ball and the ball making business carried on under John. Feather balls made in the period 1844-1869 were stamped 'J GOURLAY'.
    An account sent by the representatives of John Gourlay's estate to Douglas McEwan of Musselburgh Links in 1869 recorded that John Gourlay charged 2/0d (10p) for his feather balls in the period 1844 to 1860.
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