Introduced in the 1890s, the Home Press was a simple design that allowed individual golfers to make and/or remould their own gutta percha mesh-pattern golf balls. These devices met with some success in the marketplace—their ads boasted "thousands sold." They remained available until the early 1900s, after which gutta percha golf balls were left behind in favor of rubber-core balls.
The auctioneer doesn't see many Home ball presses. This one is suposedly from the Harry B Wood collection but does not have any supporting evidence other than the previous owner's comment. A unique item in great condition to add to your collection!
The gutty ball shown is not part of this lot. For perspective, this Home press is shown in the group picture that includes other lots from this auction.