Lot # 70: Tom Dunn c. 1880 Putter

Starting Bid: $500.00

Bids: 1 (Bid History)

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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 Tom Dunn, this is a good, honest, long nose putter roughly 140 years old.  The finish is original and shows moderate use. The horn, lead, whipping are all original. The 35" shaft is also original to this club. The built up grip is a replacement but matches the period well.  The T. Dunn name stamp is deep and clear.  The head is attractive in shape and the face is clean.There is a lot to like about this club, especially when one considers the maker.

Born in 1849, Tom Dunn was the son of Willie Dunn Sr. and brother of Willie Dunn Jr—two of golf's great historic figures.  Tom learned clubmaking from his father and started his own business at North Berwick in 1870. From there his career as a clubmaker and professional was off and running.  He worked at the London Scottish Golf Club of Wimbledon in the autumn of 1870, returned to North Berwick as the custodian of the links in 1881.  He held that position until he returned to London in 1889, to work as the professional for the Tooting Bec golf club.

For more on Tom Dunn, see TCA2 v1 p99.

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