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87001

Early 19th Century Feather Ball Given to Sam Snead by King Edward VIII....

2013 December 6 - 7 Golf Collectibles Catalog Auction featuring The Sam Snead Collection - Dallas #7090

 
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Auction Ended On: Dec 6, 2013
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Location: Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219

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Ball was manufactured by Old Tom Morris' mentor Allan Robertson
Early 19th Century Feather Ball Given to Sam Snead by King Edward VIII.

The text of Sam Snead's signed letter of provenance tells the tale best:

"October 16, 1996

This feather ball, made by Alan Robertson, who helped train Old Tom Morris as a ball maker in Tom's youth, was given to me in the early 1950's by the former King of England, Edward VIII, The Duke of Windsor, and his wife, Wallace (sic) Simpson. They visited The Greenbrier often and attended my golf tournament, the Greenbrier Open, for many years. We became good friends and played a lot of golf together on the Old White course. On one of these visits, they gave me this ball and explained that it had come from Old Tom Morris' club shop on the 18th hole at St. Andrews. The Duke of Windsor watched me win The British Open at St. Andrews in 1946. [signed] Sam Snead."

Edward, best remembered for abdicating the British throne in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, was a serious golfer in his post-Sovereign years, and this is a remarkable symbol of the friendship between these two major figures. Certainly it is a piece that stands firmly on its own merits, however, even in the absence of any connection to British or golf royalty. It is believed that fewer than 300 featheries have survived to present day, and this particular model has done so with a stunning absence of condition issues. With its provenance to Robertson, to St. Andrews, to Edward VIII and to Snead, it could properly be considered the most desirable representation in existence. Letter of provenance from Sam Snead. Letter of provenance from Jack Snead.

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