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An Extraordinarily Early 4 1/2 Minute Film Clip,
1904. Est: $12,000 - 15,000.

Terrestrial Globe Bramble Ball, Mint Condition. Est: $10,000 - 12,000.

Early 20th Century Golf Ball Boxes. Estimates range $300 - 2,000.

Late 19th Century Stereoscope and a Collection of Golf Instruction Cards.
Est: $1,000 - 1,500.

The Playing Set of Clubs Belonging to Donald J. Ross. Est: $10,000 – 15,000.

A Selection of Patent Clubs

A Selection of Clubs

A Selection of Putters

A Selection of Memorabilia

A Century of Golf Memorabilia on the Auction Block at Doyle New York
Two Important Single-Owner Collections to Highlight Auction


Harlan S. Atwood

A 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 in Manhattan.

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

INFORMATION AND CATALOGUES: For information regarding this sale, bidders may contact Sebastian D.L. Clarke at (212) 427-4141, ext. 248, or email To order a printed catalogue, please call Subscriptions (212) 427-4141, ext. 257, or email 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 .
Images 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.

Harlan 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 Club, 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 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 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). 

The 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 (est. $1,000-1,500).

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.

A Selection of Golf Balls