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Schoenhut Golf Toy, Tommy Green, 1920's

£ 580

Category
Subcategory
Reference
27385
Height
82 cm (32 1/4")
Width
7 cm (2 3/4")
Depth
12 cm (4 3/4")
Schoenhut Indoor Golf Toy, Tommy Green.
This indoor golfer is called Tommy Green. He is a 6 ½' tall wooden golfing manikin attached to a 30 ½' wooden shaft. He is so contrived that at the will of the player he can be made to execute an actual golf shot with the tiny club set in his hands. He plays exactly as you would on a regular course; he drives from the tee, approaches and putts. It is actual golf and his score is just what you make it, according to the skill with which you operate him.
He is operated by a lever which protrudes from the underside of the 'Club', just below the leather handle. The lever controls the movement of the miniature club in the manikins' hand. Slide the lever downward and the club is drawn backwards, slide the lever up and a stroke is made, the force and direction depending on the operating player. Being the perfect player the manikin always keeps his eyes on the ball until the stroke has been made, the head will turn and 'follow through' and they watch the course of the ball.
Interchangeable miniature clubs fit into the socket in the manikins hands and are held firmly in place by means of a spring. The ball used is a small celluloid ball, similar in appearance to a golf ball; it will do no harm to the furnishings of a home. A little experimentation will demonstrate to the experienced Golfer that the manikin can simulate even the most delicate intricacies of stance, stroke and swing. Similarly, the speed of the swing and its length are accurately reflected in the flight of the tiny ball. Many fine points become apparent after a few games with the Schoenhut golfer.

'Tommy' comes with an original celluloid golf ball and one original golf club, putter. The paint work is original but in used condition, this is a very good example of this highly collectable Schoenhut Golf Toy. 'Tommy Green' has the maker's original metal plaque with the inscription: 'Manufactured by THE A. SCHOENHUT CO., PHILA.PA, PAT. U.S.A. March 14, 1922, Foreign patents pending'.


Schoenhut's indoor golf game was originally introduced with only 'TOMMY GREEN'; immediately there was a demand made by the female golf players that there should be a female manikin to give credit to their sex. To please the ladies 'SISSIE LOFTER' was made.

Schoenhut leaflet for display purposes only.
Height
82 cm (32 1/4")
Width
7 cm (2 3/4")
Depth
12 cm (4 3/4")
Condition
Original condition, leg has a repaired crack and a new spring has been made to hold the club in place. 1 original celluloid golf ball & 1 alloy club.
Year
Circa 1920's
Period
1900-1949
Medium
wood
Country
United States