Specializing in Fine Antique Golf Clubs and Historic Memorabilia

Lot # 67: 1893 Osmond Automaton Caddie

Category: Miscellaneous

Starting Bid: $500.00

Bids: 8 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Summer 2020",
which ran from 7/8/2020 12:00 PM to
7/25/2020 8:00 PM

J. Osmond received a British patent dated February 16, 1893, that covered his Automaton club carrier.  According to an 1895 advertisement, “The legs which support the 'Automaton' Caddie open out automatically when the lower end is placed on the ground, and fold up close when it is lifted for carrying.”  Furthermore “a sling can be used for carrying the Caddie in the ordinary way, when a boy is employed.”  It should be noted that Automatons were made with either wire or wooden legs.  The Automaton offered here has its original wooden legs and is in perfect working condition.  Indeed, the legs do open automatically when the lower end of the carrier is placed on the ground.

Everything is original - not one of the components have been replaced nor does anything need to be replaced.   The leather handles, the ball pouch, the single latch strap on the ball pouch, the canvas club holder with leather bottom, the wooden legs, the Automaton identification plate—everything is exactly as made nearly 130 years ago. This is truly a fabulous piece.

Osmond’s Automaton speaks to golf in the 1890s, when the game was new to so many people. Inventors were trying to tap into the rapidly growing market and make their fortune.  Not sure how much money J. Osmond made, but his club carrier is more desirable today than when new!  You just do not find these any nicer than this example. 

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