Golf Collectibles & Memorabilia March 2016 Auction
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This is an excellent Featherie Ball circa 1840's. In 1618, the feather golf ball or 'Featherie' was introduced. This was a handcrafted ball made with goose feathers tightly packed into a horsefeatherie golf ball or cow hide sphere. The feathers and leather were fashioned into a ball while wet. As the assembly dried out the leather shrank and the feathers expanded to create a hardened ball. The ball was then finished off by painting it and punched with the ball-makers mark. Quality varied according to the skill of the craftsman. Unfortunately, the handcrafted nature of the balls meant that they were priced beyond the pockets of the masses, sometimes more expensive than a club. Notable ball-makers of the 1600's were Andrew Dickson, Leith and Henry Mills, St Andrews. It is likely that the earliest golf balls were just turned wooden spheres. However, by the sixteenth century it is believed that leather balls stuffed with feathers were being used as in other games includes tennis and fives. These balls are a true prize for any antique golf memorabilia collector.

EARLY FEATHERIE BALL C. 1840'S - PREVIOUSLY SOLD BY AN AUCTION HOUSE IN ENGLAND FOR $4000.
EARLY FEATHERIE BALL C. 1840'S - PREVIOUSLY SOLD BY AN AUCTION HOUSE IN ENGLAND FOR $4000.
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Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $2,875.00
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Sunday, April 3, 2016.
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