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Press Release - June 23, 2004
Heritage Galleries & Auctioneers Holds Vintage Golf Signature Sale
Dallas, Texas: Heritage Galleries & Auctioneers held its first sale (Signature Sale #700) of golf clubs and golf-related memorabilia on Saturday, June 19. With prices realized of $136,240.80, 101 bidders placed bids on 214 lots offered. 54 bidders successfully purchased 168 lots, for a total sell-through of 78.50%. Bids were accepted by mail, fax, email, telephone and proxy via Heritage's web site www.HeritageGalleries.com, as well as live bidding through iCollector, Heritage and eBay. 59 bidders participated on eBay.
A few highlights from the golf sale include:
Rare, early 19th-century silver golfing medal with sunray border.
Engraved "The Independent Caledonian Golf Club - instituted 1810." Also engraved on the back of this interesting collectible are the winners' names from 1811 (H. D. Inglis), 1812 (H. D. Inglis) and 1813 (D. Wylie). This particular medal is one of the earliest, if not the earliest, golfing medal ever to come to public auction. There is additional information from an unidentified previous auction accompanying the piece. Note: Based on the accompanying information, Heritage has been informed that the auction is Phillips, January 1994. 1 3/4"h. Est. 3,000-4,000. Realized $8,365.00
Rare Royal Doulton Morrisian Ware pitcher in cobalt blue and brown with 17th century golfing figures.
The scene depicts two golfers in long flowing coats and oversized hats with feathers. One is at the top of his back swing while the other is at the finish. Printed in brown on the bottom is the Royal Doulton lion and crown mark. Circa 1900. 9 1/4"h. A few minor imperfections, otherwise outstanding. Realized $5,019.00
Brown's patent "Thistle" model water rake.
Head is in the shape of an upturned garden rake. This unusual collectible, with six tangs facing skyward, has a 1920s era replacement shaft and suede grip. Stamped on the back of the head in printed block letters is "Thistle," as well as "Brown's Patent" in an impressed oval. Rake irons are among the most desirable of all patent and/or unusual golf clubs. The water rake, invented by a Montrose blacksmith named James R. Brown, was designed to help golfers get out of bad lies in sand, water and tall grass. While the patina on the head is good, there are a few small rock dents on the leading edge and the shaft and grip are 1920s replacements. Circa 1903. Good +. Realized $4,780.00
R. Forgan long nose play club.
With original golden finish, slight spoon to face, three-dowel horn sole, oval lead back weight, hickory shaft, neck whipping, stamped "Forgan" shaft and russet grip. Impressed into the top of the head is the block printed "R. Forgan" stamp with Prince of Wales plume. This outstanding collectible was made in the shop of Robert Forgan and Son in St. Andrews, Scotland. Small dark spot on head. Circa 1880. Head 5 3/4" from toe to heel; 1 1/4" face; 41" shaft. Outstanding. Realized $4,036.00
Lenox trophy with three handles and original fancy sterling rim.
Hand painted in the well-known Lenox green and white, this fine collectible depicts a golfer in cap, white sweater and plus fours addressing his ball. Also featured on this piece are a clubhouse and short golf flag. This rare trophy was manufactured by the Ceramic Art Company in Trenton, New Jersey. Engraved on the inside of the sterling rim is the following, "Won By Ray M. Gilbert - Low Gross - 1926 - Elks Club." Stamped on the bottom is the green CAC (Ceramic Art Company) stamp. Three-inch hairline crack in back. Circa 1898. 6 3/4" h. Minor paint wear, otherwise very good. Realized $3,346.00