Collectible Curios – Archives

no trunk? no problem
March 26, 2021

From the golf collection of the late Peter Helwig is this fully refurbished and quite functional c. 1924 automobile bag carrier. Picture those old cars with the large running boards that ran front to back along the side beneath the car’s doors. Many of the cars did not have trunks, or they were very small, and if you were a […]

January 29, 2021

This little chap was discovered whilst browsing through the Mullock’s Auction website for its Jan. 27-28, 2021 auction of golf memorabilia and other sporting goods. Someone, somewhere, somewhen thought it a good idea to remove a portion of the hosel, both in front and to the rear. It seems a capital job, well rounded and smoothed. The insert of the […]

poker for green keepers
December 12, 2020

Well, it’s also called a green aerator. Yes, this device, which looks like it belonged to the Spanish Inquisition, is actually a device for aerating greens. Used in the early part of the past century, the machine was employed by the green keeper, or his employee on the club’s precious greens. He, or she, would position the tool, stand on […]

golf quaich with a mystery
November 7, 2020

   Martin Pool, a hickory golfer, golf collector and former director of GHS Region 8, says he purchased this quaich from an antique dealer in Scotland. “It was presented to Robert B. Shaw as a trophy in 1864. A quaich is a small drinking vessel and the story told to me by the dealer was that it was traditional in […]

the caddie’s coat hanger
October 8, 2020

This item from Region 8 GHS member Jack Wilson is a coat hanger that was carried in the bag by caddies.  Jack bought this from a former pro at Portland Golf Club (est. 1914).  The story goes that a number of these hangers would be hanging in the caddie shack at PGC, and if they saw a member coming with his coat on, […]