A COLD PAINTED STATUE OF AMATEUR CHAMPION JOHN LAIDLAY CIRCA 1895 ((3))
Lot 95
A COLD PAINTED STATUE OF AMATEUR CHAMPION JOHN LAIDLAY CIRCA 1895
US$ 40,000 - 60,000
£30,000 - 45,000

Lot Details
A COLD PAINTED STATUE OF AMATEUR CHAMPION JOHN LAIDLAY CIRCA 1895 ((3)) A COLD PAINTED STATUE OF AMATEUR CHAMPION JOHN LAIDLAY CIRCA 1895 ((3)) A COLD PAINTED STATUE OF AMATEUR CHAMPION JOHN LAIDLAY CIRCA 1895 ((3)) A COLD PAINTED STATUE OF AMATEUR CHAMPION JOHN LAIDLAY CIRCA 1895 ((3))
A COLD PAINTED STATUE OF AMATEUR CHAMPION JOHN LAIDLAY CIRCA 1895
It has been signed by the artist G. Gonnella of Dundee and the foundry, Edward and Sons Glasgow. Stamped No. 4, In outstanding condition with only a few areas with minor paint loss, 16 1/2 inches; together with a hand written signed letter from his Sunningdale address dated 1939 in which Laidlay outlines his views on the so called 'Vardon Grip'. 'In reply to yours asking me when I took to the over lapping golf grip I am afraid I can only guess the exact date. I won my first Medal in 1878 and I think it was two or three games later that I took to it...' and a photograph of Laidlay
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Footnotes

  • Roberto: '...I bought this great golf collectible in 1991 at the Sporting Antiquities auction in the States...although there may have been 4 bronzes made, only 2 are known to exist...the Laidlay photo is ex-Joe Tiscornia and the letter was purchased privately in 1998 from ephemera expert Mark Emerson...'

    Literature: The Greatest Golf Collections of the World, page 77.

    John Ernest Laidlay was a Scottish amateur golfer who 'invented' the most popular golf grip used today, although the grip is credited to Harry Vardon. J. H. Taylor said that whilst playing with Laidlay he noted him using the over lapping grip long before Vardon began to use it. Laidlay in turn credited a good amateur golfer at Muirfield as the person he first observed using the grip and that he copied it. Laidlay won the British Amateur Championship twice, in 1889 and 1891, and was runner-up three more times, in 1888, 1890, and 1893. He was also runner-up in the 1893 Open Championship. He won over 130 amateur medals during his playing career, representing Scotland every year from 1902 to 1911. He has been called the 'last of the gentlemen golfers'.
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