A superb Smooth Gutta ball after ‘knicking’ from the famous Harry B Wood Collection, ca. 1850.
In the late 1800’s, Harry B Wood of Manchester, England began to assemble what became the first private organized and researched golf collection in golf history. He focused on golf balls, and clubs with known provenance.
Old Tom Morris was his mentor for much of the assembly of the collection.
His collection also included art, implements of ball making, and other significant memorabilia.
In 1910, Wood produced a book, ‘Golfing Curios and the Like’ which described and documented important items from his collection. Today, most serious collections world have, or seek, an item or two from this most historic collection.
This superb and important early gutta ball marks the first transition in the evolution of the modern gutta ball that replaced the centuries-old featherball.