Lot # 116: F-PW-F Lunar Surface Dimple Golf Ball (1st Dimple Ball)

Category: Antique Golf

Starting Bid: $300.00

Bids: 5 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2019 Winter Auction",
which ran from 11/26/2019 4:00 PM to
12/14/2019 7:00 PM

Though dimpled golf balls have been ubiquitous for decades, it all started with this ball - the F-PW-F "Lunar Surface Dimple" golf ball. Also called the honeycomb dimple, the patent for this pattern of "isolated indentations" was granted to P.G. Fernie on October 25, 1897. [The Story of the Golf Ball by Kevin McGimpsey (2003), p. 188]. The modern "round dimple" pattern was patented nearly 8 years later in 1905.  The ball has a personal stamp "W" inside a circle.  We can only surmise this was a players identification mark, but are not sure.

This important golf ball is in high grade condition.