Lot # 38: Charlie Hunter Short Spoon c1875

Starting Bid: $400.00

Bids: 7 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Spring 2023",
which ran from 4/5/2023 12:00 PM to
4/22/2023 8:00 PM

This circa 1875 Charlie Hunter middle spoon has lots of personality.  The 37 1/2" original shaft is missing its grip but has retained its original spicy red underlisting - the only red underlisting known to the auctioneer! The clubhead remains in its original finish and has a highly attractive shape, measuring 5 1/2" in length, 2" in width, and 1 1/8" in face depth.  It shows very little actual use and presents well.  There is, however, a substantial piece of the horn missing near the toe. The horn could be replaced if desired, but leaving it original is not so bad. I mean, golf happens! Plus nobody is going to ever use this club again.

Charlie Hunter, the "Grand Old Man of the West," was revered and respected during his day. As young man, Hunter learned to make clubs while working as an apprentice for Tom Morris at Prestwick. He then served as the professional at Prestwick for over 50 years. He worked there from Sept of 1864—when he took over after Morris left Prestwick for St Andrews—to the middle of 1865, and then again from 1868 until his death in 1921.  Much like his mentor Old Tom, Hunter enjoyed the deep affection of those who knew him.

For more on Hunter, see TCA2 V1 P86.

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