Lot # 79: Early 1890s Osmond Automaton Caddie

Category: Miscellaneous

Starting Bid: $250.00

Bids: 17 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Fall 2020",
which ran from 11/4/2020 12:00 PM to
11/21/2020 8:00 PM

J. Osmond received a British patent dated February 16, 1893, that covered his Automaton club carrier.  According to an 1895 advertisement, “The Legs which support the “Automaton” Caddie open out automatically when the lower end is placed on the ground, and fold up close when it is lifted for carrying.”  Furthermore “A sling can be used for carrying the Caddie in the ordinary way, when a boy is employed.”  It should be noted that Automatons were made with either wire or wooden legs.

This example uses wooden legs and is in good working condition. The canvas ball pouch attached to the front top of the carrier is an original zipper version. The leather handles have been replaced in recent years with period leather handles that match up exceptionally well (only the thread used to stitch/attach the handles looks new.  The original canvas ball bag and grip holder at the base of the stand are in good shape, as are the wood legs and frame. This example is not marked "Osmond" or "Automaton" or anything else.  The brass plate in the middle of the carrier is blank, but it does appear to be original to this carrier. It's possible that this carrier was made early in the production cycle.

Osmond’s Automaton speaks to golf in the 1890s, when the game was new to so many people. Inventors were trying to tap into the rapidly growing market and make their fortune.  Not sure how much money J. Osmond made, but his club carrier is more desirable today than when new! 

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