Lot # 124: Haskell Golf Ball Box

Category: Golf Balls

Starting Bid: $25.00

Bids: 13 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Fall 2022",
which ran from 11/3/2022 7:00 PM to
11/20/2022 12:20 AM

This Haskell Golf Ball Box once held a dozen Haskell rubber core golf balls first produced by the B. F. Goodrich Company in 1899.  The box is in rough condiition, but it is all there. The writing on the top of the box is hard to see, as the box is dirty and the colors have faded.  The "tray" that actually held the balls and slides in an out of the box is still there.  It currently holds only crumpled paper. One seam on the end of this tray is broken, as shown in the pictures. 

The "Conditions of Sale" label is still on the side of the box with much of it still readable.  It is interesting to read that BF Goodrich had an office in London.  The Haskell ball was copied early on by other ball makers who did not bother licensing or paying Goodrich any compensation.  Hence, BF Goodrich felt the need to threaten legal action to anyone who copied the rubber core design of the Haskell golf ball.  With an office in London, Goodrich felt they wouild be better able to collect on their patent.

This box is not in great condition, but it is a Haskell box which is quite hard to find and truly significant.  The Haskell ball was a giant step in the evolution of golf ball design.

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