Lot # 7: Alex Patrick Hand Hammered 27 1/2 c.1870

Category: Golf Balls

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

Bids: 20 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Desert Mountain Collection",
which ran from 8/30/2022 6:00 AM to
9/17/2022 8:00 PM

Due to their smooth surface, the earliest gutty balls, produced in 1845 and a few years thereafter, had difficulties flying. Golfers figured out that a cut-up ball flew better than a smooth ball, so ballmakers began to mark up the surface of the gutta percha balls they produced.

In the December 27, 1907 issue of Golf Illustrated, Robert Forgan is credited with being the one who (at some point in the 1860s) was the first to form a regular pattern on hand-hammered balls, "and the same pattern has now continued ever since (13)."

Made by Alex Patrick, this circa 1870 hand-hammered gutta percha ball is cut to the Forgan pattern.  Stamped "A. Patrick 27 1/2," this ball is in gem-mint condition, nary a scratch or blemish and a beautiful luster to the original paint. Talk about otherworldly....  To this ball the auctioneer simply says, "Wow!" And the amazing part about that is the auctioneer says the same thing to many of the balls in this auction. WOW!

Born in 1847, Alex Patrick grew up in Leven, Scotland where he was not only a talented amateur golfer but also an apprentice in his family's clubmaking business. Upon his father's death in 1866, Alex took over the business and built a reputation as a fine club and ball maker. The Patrick family was the second-oldest Scottish family firm in the clubmaking business, behind the McEwans.

This ball is at the back right corner of the group shot in the accompanying images.


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