A BOWMAKER'S LONG NOSE PLAY CLUB CIRCA 1750-1780
Lot 69
A BOWMAKER'S LONG NOSE PLAY CLUB CIRCA 1750-1780
US$ 40,000 - 60,000
£30,000 - 45,000

Lot Details
A BOWMAKER'S LONG NOSE PLAY CLUB CIRCA 1750-1780 A BOWMAKER'S LONG NOSE PLAY CLUB CIRCA 1750-1780
A BOWMAKER'S LONG NOSE PLAY CLUB CIRCA 1750-1780
A golden coloured thorn head with knots, a rounded toe and crowned head, a very flat lie, thick horn and a narrow face with a distinctive grain. Replacement whipping.
Club length 45 1/2, head 6 1/2 inches, face 7/8 inch and across crown 2 1/8 inches

Footnotes

  • Roberto: '...just as armourers made the earliest iron head clubs the bowmakers crafted the earliest wooden head golf clubs...In my opinion this exceptionally old club is one of the oldest known; it was re-finished at some time during the first half of the 20th Century and was at one time in the John Henry Collection.'

    Literature: 'The first intimation we have of the involvement of bowyers in making golf clubs was when in 1502, James IV's Lord High Treasurer paid a bill of thirteen shillings to a "bowar" of Perth for "clubs"...in 1603 a bowmaker, William Mayne, a bowyer burgess of Edinburgh, became a Royal Warrant Holder for making clubs for James VI of Scotland...' Golf: History & Tradition, page 52 and 53.
    The World's Greatest Golf Collections, page 77.
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