“Far and Sure” – the motto intertwined on a fine Scottish silver 1895 medal – sums up the escalating interest for a special millennium golfing memorabilia auction to be held near the birth place of golf, at Cupar Fife, near St Andrews.
Many scarce and rare antique golf collectors items, from clubs and woods, to ornaments and fine art are among the 600 strong festival catalogue, to be auctioned on Tuesday, July 18, 2000, by top sporting auctioneers, Mullock Madeley.
Says auctioneer John Mullock: “This is a superb catalogue for anyone interested in golf. There are items for the investor, specialist collectors and for those who are simply besotted by the game. Indeed, this is a brilliant opportunity for anyone involved in golf to treat themselves to a millennium momento from the 19th and 20th century game of golf.”
The Far and Sure medal, is from the ‘Clarenden Golf Club’ with type founders to ‘Her Majesty’ set in the centre surmounted with crossed golf clubs. “This is a stunning piece which is already attracting global interest,” says John Mullock.
The auctioneer continues: “We have a good selection of long nose putters and
within the golf ball section we cover the whole period of golf ball development, from an early feathery, hand-hammered gutty, later mesh gutties, right through to the later 1940s wrapped golf balls. To compliment the early golf ball development there are four cast iron golf ball presses and a smooth gutty ball mould from the 1850s and 1860s, which are particularly unusual museum or collector’s pieces.”