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Lot 390: THE BROMLEY & BICKLEY GOLF CLUB STERLING SILVER TROPHY CLUB, 1903

Sotheby's

September 27, 2007
New York, NY, US

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Description

U.K., 20th century Hallmarked English silver clubhead with grooved feature to center of face Stamped "Bromley & Bickley Golf Club Foursome Competition" and Mappin & Webb, London 1902 on the backside of the hosel Wooden shaft attached with twenty four silver miniature models of gutta percha golf balls Attached to series of silver bands inscribed with details of competition winners between 1903 and 1930, excluding the war years, 1915-1918 End of shaft fitted with silver butt engraved "Presented by Herbert E. Bouch 1903" Overall excellent original condition.

Literature

TGC p. 87; TCA 2 Vol. 1 p. 384

Notes

The tradition of sterling silver golf clubs dates back as far as the 1700s and were constructed as prizes to honor winners. Many of these can still be seen in the clubhouses of old British golf clubs such as Edinburgh, Royal Blackheath and the R&A. The USGA also has one in its collection from the Edinburgh Cleek Golf Club that existed between 1888 and World War I. In 1903 Herbert E. Bouch presented two trophy clubs to the Bromley & Bickley Golf Club, founded in 1892 on the outskirts of London. Each club had a sterling silver head engraved "Bromley & Bickley Golf Club/Annual Foursome Competition." From 1903 into the 1930's, each year the four winners of the championship had their names engraved on two silver bands, one band bearing two names for each club. The balls were attached to a club with a telescoping sterling silver shaft. During World War II, the club was closed, and never re-opened and the clubs fell into private hands. This is one of the two Bromley & Bickley trophy clubs. No other trophy clubs with sterling silver balls exist in private hands.

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