Category: Golf - Antique
Subcategory: Balls & Bags
Dimple Pattern Golf Ball.
A good dimple patterned rubber core golf ball in used condition. The ball is marked 'Small Avon Heavy' on both poles. This is a good display golf ball made by Avon India Rubber Co. Ltd., London, England. Circa 1921. Surface of the ball does have some marking and is stamped with the initials 'F.W.G'.
The ball is approximately 1 5/8 inch in diameter (4.2 cm).
The rubber core ball (the ancestor of the modern ball) began its life in the late 1890's. The first mass produced rubber core ball was by Coburn Haskell of Cleveland, Ohio. The first core balls were hand wound with elastic thread with a Gutta-percha cover, moulded with the raised square mesh pattern of their predecessor. The slight irregularities in the early wound balls made them quite lively, it was not until the invention of the automatic winding machine by John Gammeter (an engineer at Goodrich) and the change of pattern from mesh to bramble that the balls became more consistent and predictable. In later years, the 1920's, the design went back to a mesh pattern with lattice design