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Extraordinarily Early 4 1/2 Minute Film Clip,
1904. Est: $12,000 - 15,000.
Globe Bramble Ball, Mint Condition. Est: $10,000 - 12,000.
20th Century Golf Ball Boxes. Estimates range $300 - 2,000.
19th Century Stereoscope and a Collection of Golf Instruction
Est: $1,000 - 1,500.
Playing Set of Clubs Belonging to Donald J. Ross. Est: $10,000
A Selection of Patent Clubs
Selection of Clubs
Selection of Putters
Selection of Memorabilia
GOLF MEMORABILIA AT AUCTION
Century of Golf Memorabilia on the Auction Block at Doyle
Two Important Single-Owner Collections
to Highlight Auction
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2002 AT 10AM
century of golf memorabilia chronicling the history of the
sport in Scotland and America will go on the auction block
at Doyle New York on Monday, October
28 at 10am. The sale, co-hosted with Bob Gowland International
Golf Auctions will offer approximately 550 lots dating from
1840 through the 1950s, and is especially rich in memorabilia
relating to early golf in America. Featured in the sale will
be two important single-owner collections of golf memorabilia
the Harlan S. Atwood Collection and the Rick Hartbrodt
Collection. The exhibition will be open to the
public on Saturday and Sunday, October
26 and 27. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street
EVENT: FREE GALLERY TALK FEATURING BOB GOWLAND
On Saturday, October 26 at 3pm, Doyle will host an informative
tour of the exhibition with Golf Memorabilia Specialist Bob
Gowland. The event is free, although reservations are required.
For reservations, call 212-427-4141, ext. 600, or email tickets@DoyleNewYork.com.
AND CATALOGUES: For information regarding this sale, bidders
may contact Sebastian D.L. Clarke at (212) 427-4141,
ext. 248, or email golf@DoyleNewYork.com.
To order a printed catalogue, please call Subscriptions (212)
427-4141, ext. 257, or email subscriptions@DoyleNewYork.com.
The free Internet version of the auction catalogue will be
available prior to the sale in the "Catalogues"
section of our Web site
Louis LeB. Webre, Vice President, Marketing and Media,
212-427-4141, ext 232 or email louis@DoyleNewYork.com
and interviews are available upon request.
A stroll through the family fruit orchard in Feedling Hills,
MA brought Harlan S. Atwood and his father, Sydney Francis
Atwood, to the Feeding Hills Country Club on most evenings.
Harlan was left-handed, yet learned the game with his father
as a right-handed player in the late 1920s. As he honed
his play, he became junior club champion and finally club
champion by the age of 16, earning this title more than
once. In 1934, Harlan was sponsored to become a member of
Suffield Country Club, Suffield, CT. He maintained his membership
at Suffield until his death in 1985. While at Suffield,
he captured the title of club champion several times. He
was also a member at Springfield Country Club, West Springfield,
MA in the late 1930s, and was a summer member of the Island
Country Club, Deer Isle, ME in the late 1940s through the
early 1960s, as well as a club champion.
Atwood's love of the game spurred a fifty-year interest
in collecting golf memorabilia of all types, especially
clubs dating prior to 1930. Harlan was member #406 of the
Golf Collectors Society. A great thrill was the addition
of the set of clubs used by Donald J. Ross throughout
his life. In 1905, Mr. Ross reputedly used this set
to win the First Massachusetts State Open at Vespers Country
Lowell, MA. Interestingly, Harlan resided in Longmeadow,
MA, and the Longmeadow Country Club was designed by Mr.
Ross. The Connecticut River Valley from Hartford, CT to
Woodstock, VT is dotted with many beautiful, old courses,
and Harlan had the opportunity to play many of these over
his career, enjoying the game and the passion of collecting
until his death.
THE HARLAN S. ATWOOD COLLECTION
The Harlan S. Atwood Collection comprises approximately
140 lots of the auction and offers a comprehensive assortment
of golf clubs, ranging from early 19th century Scottish
clubs through early American patent clubs. Highlighting
the collection is the set of golf clubs, circa 1900, belonging
to legendary golf course architect Donald J. Ross.
One of the greatest course designers of the century, Ross
was responsible, among the over 700 courses he designed,
for Pinehurst No. 2, which was the venue for the
U.S. Open the year it was won by the late Payne Stewart.
This extraordinary set of clubs, numbering 7 in all, is
estimated at $10,000-15,000.
THE RICK HARTBRODT COLLECTION
The Rick Hartbrodt Collection is the most sophisticated
golf ball and golf ball box collection to ever come to the
market. The collection was assembled over a 20 year period
by Mr. Hartbrodt, a prominent collector and a resident of
Jupiter, FL, during trips through the U.K. and across America,
including his native California. Numbering approximately
340 lots, the collection offers a wide assortment of rare
early 20th century golf balls and decorative golf ball boxes.
Among the highlights of the golf balls are a terrestrial
globe bramble ball in mint condition (est. $10,000-15,000),
a T. Alexander feather ball (est. $10,000-12,000),
and a variety of other rare early 20th balls with unusual
markings, including a Duplex ball with triangular
markings (est. $4,000-6,000).
collection also reflects Mr. Hartbrodt's interest in advertising
memorabilia in its extraordinary variety of rare and decorative
golf ball boxes from Scotland, England and America
dating from 1898 through the 1950s. Highlights include a
circa 1900 Zodiac Zome 12-box from Scotland (est.
$1,000-1,500), an early American B.G.I. (Bridgeport
Gun and Implement) 12-box of remade gutta balls with two
balls enclosed (est. $2,500-3,500), and a late 19th century
Haskell 12-box of bramble balls (est. $6,000-8,000).
A rarity in the golf advertising memorabilia is a late 19th
century Kite golf ball display board from Scotland
PROPERTY FROM OTHER OWNERS
Among the property from other owners is an extraordinary
4 1/2 minute film clip of Open Champions Harry Vardon
and James Braid playing an exhibition match at Murrayfield
Golf Club, Edinburgh, Scotland on June 30, 1904. The auction
is for the master copy and reproduction rights of the original
film, which is permanently housed in the British Film Archives.