A. Mackintosh of London made this Phoenix bramble gutty ball in the 1890's. This examples is unused and still has approximately 95% of its original paint. Another beautiful gutty ball.
Because the single images of this ball are much larger than the actual ball, the tiny paint blemishes can appear exaggerated, especially when zooming in (viewing it under a microscope so to speak), and make the ball look different than it looks in real life. The group golf ball picture included with this lot provides a more accurate, less exaggerated depiction of this ball in a normal setting—and it's a fabulous ball!
This Phoenix is the second ball in the second row of the golf ball group shot in the accompanying images. This group shot includes many other golf balls lots in this auction and demonstrates the remarkable evolutionary story of the golf ball, from feather ball to hand-hammered gutty, lathe line-cut red gutty, molded gutty, the Haskell and early rubber core balls.