Antique Gutty Bramble Pattern Golf Ball, IR

Antique Gutty Bramble Pattern Golf Ball, IR


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Solid Bramble Pattern Gutty Golf Ball.
A moulded bramble patterned white gutta percha golf ball in original condition. The 1890's Gutty ball still has most of the white paint but is with some surface marks. The ball is marked 'IR' on both poles and is with the classic bramble pattern, raised dimples made by Improved Golf Ball Co., Looksley St., Limestone, London.

The ball is approximately 1 11/16 inch in diameter (4.3 cm).

The solid gutty golf ball replaced the feathery ball because of its cost effectiveness, as a gutty could be rolled in a matter of minutes, and slowly the game of golf became affordable to the masses. The 'Gutty' era lasted from around 1848 well into 1900's.

To make a gutty golf ball first the gutta-percha was heated and loosely rolled into a ball shape. The ball was then put into the mould and then placed into a press. The press would imprint the pattern onto the ball and the excess would squeeze out of the sides. The seams were then trimmed when cool, leaving a hard and non-brittle "Gutty" golf ball. The durability of the gutta along with its lower costs and better play rejuvenated the game of golf.
Gutta-percha is the evaporated latex produced from a tree, mostly found in Malaysia.


Diameter 4.3 cm / 1 34"



Circa 1890's




United Kingdom


Good original condition, some paint loss and surface with some club marks.