Lot # 208: c 1900 BGI Splice Neck Putter. ex FX Fry

Starting Bid: $100.00

Bids: 18 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Spring 2021",
which ran from 3/3/2021 12:00 PM to
3/20/2021 8:00 PM

Made by the Bridgeport Gun Implement Company of Bridegport, Connecticut, this putter is from the Fred X Fry collection and bears his inventory label on the shaft.  The 34" shaft, stamped "BGI," and sheepskin grip are original to the club. The head is clean with the exception of two small dents in the wood on the underside of the heel. There is also a model number stamped on the shaft, but the second number in the model number is covered by Fry's label.  It is likely to be a model 95 or 96. Both were for a splice neck putter which appears to be either very similar or the same clubs with different inventory numbers for different catalogs, depending on the year. BGI was operating between 1897 and 1904. Most of the BGI putters that remain are either brass or iron putting cleeks.

As mentioned, this club is from the Fred X. Fry collection.  Fry, the dean of American golf club collectors, was busy building his collection forty years before the Golf Collectors Society (now The Golf Heritage Society) was formed in 1970. Collecting with great passion, Fry amassed approximately 450 clubs, mostly putters. He cataloged, displayed, and cherished his treasures. A copy of Fry's inventory page is included with this lot.  A number of national magazines ran articles about his putter collection between 1936 and 1963. For more on Fry and to view some of the articles, Click Here.


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