Lot # 563: Unplayed 1890s Musselburgh Gutty Golf Ball

Category: Golf Balls

Starting Bid: $100.00

Bids: 7 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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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

The Musselburgh golf ball was produced by J&D Clark in the late 1890s. It was among the most expensive golf balls in the world, but it was also highly popular. Among other achievements, the Musselburgh ball was used by Harry Vardon to win the 1898 Open Championship. Harry Vardon also stated “I can say that I never used a better [ball], as it flies well, putts well, and above all, it is always good gutta.” These words from the great Vardon obviously came before he endorsed the Vardon Flyer a short time later. 

The Musselburgh's reign abruptly ended when the rubber core Haskell shook up the entire industry.

The offered Musselburgh gutty ball is unused and in good overall condition. This 120+ year old ball retains 75% of its original paint.

Back in 2004, Antique Golf Collectibles by Chuck Furjanic listed a grade 9 of 10 Musselburgh gutta percha ball at $2,750 in its price guide.