Lot # 35: MacGregor Master 30 Wood Set

Starting Bid: $300.00

Bids: 3 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Fall 2021",
which ran from 11/4/2021 11:00 AM to
11/21/2021 1:35 AM

Offered in 1931 and 1932 at $22.50 per club, Master 30 woods found few buyers as the Great Depression in the US was well under way.  MacGregor was hoping the sheer beauty of the clubs would entice golfers to part with their dollars.  

The construction of these clubs—a driver, brassie, and spoon, is unique. A persimmon wood head is encased in black Mac-Oid. (Mac-Oid is a variation of Pyroxylin and was applied by a patented process.)  The white face and the red Scruloc inserts are all made from Mac-Oid as well.  The large white back weights in this set appear to be ivory, complete with the grain normally found in a sizable piece of ivory. A beautiful strip of mother-of-pear is inlaid across the crown.  The Bristol Gold Label shafts in these clubs are also covered in black Mac-Oid.

The driver has black face dots, the brassie has green face dots, the spoon has red face dots.  The whipping at the base of each grip and the dots on the butt of each shaft is also color coded to ID each respective club. Because the shafts are black as is the plug in the end of each grip, the driver has a white dot on the end of the plug and white section on the base of the grip.  Each grip still has its original wipping.

Each of these clubs has all of its original components including the shafts and grips.  The brassie grip is a bit longer than the driver and spoon grip.  The brassie is also marked with an "L" in a circle on the top of the head. "L" on a club usually signifies a ladies club.  But the set seems more made for a man with the lengths of the shafts as follows: the driver measuring 43 1/2", the brassie measuring 43", and the spoon measuring 42". Each shaft bears its original "Mac-Oid" stamp.

There is a short crack in the black Macoid at the base of the neck right next to the heel of the white face on the spoon.  All the Macoid is still there and the crack is not really noticeable unless you stop and look for it.

These three woods present exceptionally well and are in far better overall condition that most Master 30 clubs that remain. With all the ivory, mother of pearl, and white Pyroxylin faces set against the black Macoid covering the heads and shafts, this set is stunning on display and recognizable from a proverbial mile away.

TCA2 Vol. 2 p. 662


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