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A RARE set of Vintage Handmade "Dartwin" Irons 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8 by legendary Kenneth Smith , Hickory Shafts , these are the originals and a golfers dream , those who understand the history know how collectible these are *** Total Weight: 6# - #2 Measurements: 3.75 x 1 x 40.5. ******** HISTORY ******** Few recognize the importance of a small local company in Shawnee, Kansas that gained world wide recognition: The Kenneth Smith Golf Company. This legendary company was started by an ambitious and talented local man named Kenneth Smith. Kenneth Smith started in the world of golf in 1916, quitting his job delivering newspapers to become a caddy at Mission Hills Country Club. While still in high school, he apprenticed to the club maker at the County Club pro shop.. In 1928, he started his business making custom golf clubs in Kansas City. In June that year, a pro by the name of Horton Smith stopped in to the shop for a custom-fitted set of clubs. Horton Smith soon became the leading money winner on the tour and from that point on, the demand for Kenneth Smith golf clubs flourished. In 1935, the company moved to Shawnee with seven employees. It became known for quality craftsmanship and innovative design. Kenneth Smith, with over 25 patents and innovations to his name, is credited with successfully integrating science into the art of making golf clubs. Many of his innovations, including the perforated non-slip grip, are still widely used today. Over the years Smith’s clientele included not only golf pros but also celebrities, presidents and royalty from around the world. Bob Hope, Errol Flynn, Billy Graham, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, King Leopold of Belgium and King Hassan of Morocco all used clubs from this Shawnee-based company. Despite his world-wide reputation, Smith remained a modest man, committed to quality workmanship until his death in 1977. The Kenneth Smith Golf Company continued until early 2004, when it officially closed.

Condition

Clubs Good to Very Good condition - wear minor rust, grips worn - see photos

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RARE KENNETH SMITH DARTWIN IRONS HANDMADE HICKORY XT

Auction ended on Sun, Jul 20, 2014
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Estimate $650 - $750
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2900 JACKSON HWY
SHEFFIELD, AL 34654
United States
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