Lot # 34: Tice 6-Sided White-Ash Shaft Driver Patented 1900

Starting Bid: $250.00

Bids: 6 (Bid History)

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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

The first patent to discuss constructing a golf shaft from lengthwise pieces of bamboo was a US patent granted to Roberto Tice, of Albany, NY, on May 8, 1900.  Although his patent refers to "constructing a golf shaft from strips of wood not unlike the strips used in a bamboo fishing rod" (six lengthwise pieces laminated together), Tice preferred using white ash, not bamboo.  The Tice Golf Driver Company's advertisments for "The Tice Golf Driver" offered either sectional bamboo or ash shafts.  A bamboo shaft driver or brassie cost five dollars, a laminated ash shaft driver or brassie was three dollars.

Offered here is brilliant Tice driver with a 41 1/2" laminated six-sided white ash shaft. The six sides run the entire length of the shaft.  The six pieces of wood are clearly visible at the butt end of the shaft as shown in an accompanying image. The coated sheepskin grip is original as is the neck whipping and finish. 

Overall, this club is fabulous!  It shows minimal use and is a rarity that the auctioneer wrote about at length in The Clubmakers Art v2 p645 but has never actually seen until now!

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