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Lot # 52: Early Woman's Award - Double Ink Well Trophy Inscribed 1894

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Item was in Auction "Spring 2020",
which ran from 3/9/2020 2:30 PM to
3/29/2020 2:50 AM

Engraved "Won By Mrs. Calder 1894," this silver-plated double ink well is one of the oldest remaining golf trophies awarded to a lady.  Prior to the 20th century, a relative small number of women played the Royal and Ancient sport.  An extract from the Victoriana Magazine provides a brief account of early women's golf.

"The St. Andrews Ladies' Golf Club in Scotland was the first golf club for women. For 600 years, golf has been played on the grassy peninsular, the Links, just to the north of the town, St. Andrews. St Andrews is recognized as the 'home of golf' and the home to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club....

"In the 19th century, female sports was limited to croquet and archery. In 1867, some members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, with an interest in providing recreation for their daughters, founded the St. Andrews Ladies' Golf Club. For the first 30 years, the women's club conducted its affairs from tents on competition days until 1898 when permission was obtained to erect a shelter. As golfing for women became more popular in the late nineteenth century, the Ladies' Golf Union was formed in 1893. The St. Andrews Ladies' Golf Club changed its name to the Ladies' Putting Club in 1948. Its members play on the Himalayas, the historic putting green alongside of the Old Course." <http://www.victoriana.com/history/st-andrews-ladiesgolfclub.html>

This beautiful silver-plated double ink well trophy measures approximately 3" high by 7" wide. The inkwells themselves are the actual size of golf balls. The alabaster liners inside the inkwells are still in fine condition (one was used so it's slightly darker). The inkwell hinges work fine.  Overall this item is solid, heafty for its size, and a wonderful piece of women's golf history!

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