SAN FRANCISCO – On Thursday, Oct. 11, PBA Galleries will be host a rare golf books and memorabilia sale. This auction will include more than 225 lots of golfing history in literature and artifacts. Included are many volumes once in the library of the revered early 20th-century golf course architect Albert W. Tillinghast which have been in private hands for more than half a century. Also on offer will be golf memorabilia from the esteemed collection of architect Michael Hurdzan. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Highlighted in this sale is the first edition of The Duffers’ Golf Club Papers, to which is added, A Day on the Ladies’ Links. This is a rare book (below), only twice before offered at PBA Galleries. First at the Murdoch sale in 1998, a copy lacking the original wrappers, and a second copy, rebound with the wrappers preserved, was offered in 2011. The present copy is superior to either of the previous, in near fine original wrappers accompanied by a typed slip on Montrose Standard letterhead with the editor’s compliments (estimate $20,000-$25,000).
A rare and fascinating Manchester Golf Club Measuring Device from around 1821 used to assist in determining the position of tees is one of only two known examples, the other being at the Manchester Golf Club (estimate $7,000-$10,000).
Additional highlights from the sale are a stoneware fluted stein with relief illustration of golfers by Doulton Lambeth (estimate $500-$800); a signed color print of the Margaret Fitzhugh Browne portrait of Bobby Jones signed by the famed golfer and dated Dec. 29, 1930 (estimate $2,000-$3,000); an early 1900s croquet-styled putter from the Jeff Ellis collection, which is pictured in Mr. Ellis’ book The Club Maker’s Art on page 210 (estimate $800-$1,200); and 56 Corte-Scope golf stereoviews from the “Jock” Hutchison Series, a rare series of instructional views featuring the Scottish-American professional golfer with the original manila envelope, folding viewer and two-part box (estimate $1,000-$1,500).
The sale will begin at 5 p.m. Eastern time, 2 p.m. Pacific Time at the Renaissance World of Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida, the venue of the 47th annual Golf Heritage Society’s meeting and trade show.
For more information contact the PBA Galleries at 415-989-2665.