Lot # 48: c. 1890s Mesh Gutty Ball

Category: Golf Balls

Starting Bid: $75.00

Bids: 4 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring 2022",
which ran from 3/3/2022 12:00 PM to
3/19/2022 8:00 PM

This mesh gutty ball bears a small number of strike marks on its surface but still maintains a handsome, rugged I-was-in-the-game look. Indeed, it survived in far better shape than most gutty balls, and still looks most attractive.  There's nothing wrong with a ball showing evidence of moderate use from 125 (give or take) years ago.

Because the single images of this ball are much larger than the actual ball, its 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 looks great!

This molded gutty ball is the last ball in the first 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. 

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