Desk 2 Pen Holder – 3 Ball Guttie
In 1840 the price of a good Featherie ball was about 4 shillings. These expensive balls were not durable especially if hit poorly by an iron cleek, a club that was becoming more popular. Ball makers for some time had been looking for a suitable alternative.
The Gutta Percha ball was derived from a brown-black rubber type material, the gum extract from the Malaysian Sapodilla tree. This material was already in use for making sundry tools, whip handles and later electric cable insulation. When heated in water the hardened gum could be easily shaped and hand rolled into near perfect spheres, which could withstand any amount of imperfect golf swings.
The major disadvantage to this revolutionary ball was its poor aerodynamic capabilities. This was soon overcome by intentionally marking the ball using a chisel headed hammer, with ball makers such as Robertson, Dunn and Forgan using different patterns. Owing to the high demand for Gutta Percha balls by the 1870’s, mould formed balls had superseded the hand rolled versions with new surface patterns being available integral to the moulds. By 1885 golfers were able to use these moulds to restore their much used or damaged balls
– “a quick hot bath and a squeeze” being all that was required. When finished the balls were usually painted with lead based paint according to the season: red for winter, white for summer. The much-favoured mould made design was the bramble pattern, which was carried forward to the next generation of rubber core balls.
This collection made in Scotland is designed to closely resemble the original Gutta Percha balls, they can be hit to give a flavour of a bygone era. The base is made of solid Scottish Oak. This is the ideal gift for the golf fan. Entirely hand made in St Andrews Scotland. This gift excludes pens. Price shown Exclusive of VAT.