Lot # 81: Willie Dunn, Jr. Driver

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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

Willie Dunn was one of the most influential golfer personalities in America during the early 20th century. He was prominent as a player, businessman, club designer, course architect, and golf instructor among other things.  A good portion of his career is covered in TCA2 v1 p210-211.

In 1896, Dunn established his club and ball making operation as well as a "golf gymnasium" in New York City.  Inside a room in what is now the old Madison Square Garden in New York City he gave golf lessons.  1898, Dunn, after laying out a golf course in Dayton, Ohio, was hired to a supervisory position by a young clubmaking company—The Dayton Last Works.  The Dayton Last Works had changed its name to Crawford, McGregor & Canby by 1900, when he was released from the company.

This driver, stamped "Willie Dunn" on head was likely made during this time.  The original 44 1/2" shaft is stamped "Made By The Crawford, McGregor, & Canby Co." and still has its original leather grip.  This club is a great example of a c.1900 driver, especially since it is stamped with two of the most important names in early American clubmaking. 

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