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    1903 "Old Tom" Morris Signed Print. He struck the first shot in the inaugural British Open (then called The Open Championship), winning four of the seven to follow in 1861, 1862, 1864 and 1867. Remembered as the foremost pioneer of the early game, Old Tom was likewise one of its most diverse practitioners, serving as greenkeeper, clubmaker, ballmaker, instructor and course designer during his decades of service to the sport. His dedication to golf extended to the very last days of his life, as Morris perished from injuries sustained during a fall down a flight of stairs at the New Golf Club in St. Andrews just before his eighty-seventh birthday.

    Despite Morris' long life and decades of fame, autographed material is exceedingly scarce, with signed images all but non-existent. Here we present the most remarkable example we've yet encountered, a masterful art print picturing the ancient linksman autographed by both artist and subject in the wide lower margin. Each signature survives with wonderful 9/10 boldness.

    This is an original photogravure print based upon an oil painting of Old Tom Morris by Sir George Reid (1841-1913) as commissioned by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in the fall of 1902. Image size is 17.25x12.5" and stems from an edition of approximately fifty which were signed in pencil by Old Tom. This exact photogravure was set aside for the artist and signed in fountain pen in the lower margin by both Reid and Old Tom, one of two known to exist in this format. Above the image to the right is the printed legend "Copyright 1903, by the Committee of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club St. Andrews Scotland. Printed in Berlin." Framed to a museum-quality 21x27". Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Third party shipping required.


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