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A piece of history.

Byline: Harold Brough

A FEATHERY golf ball, among the earliest made, was the top find when golf's antique roadshow came to Southport.

The ball dates from about 1850 and Graham Budd of Sotheby's, fine art auctioneers and valuers, said it is a very rare find.

It belonged to Donald Cale, a 37-year-old Southport chef, who took it to the valuation day held by Sotheby's at Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club.

Up to about 12 years ago he played in Scotland in a three-ball which included a gentleman who decided he was nearing the end of his playing days.

Without a family, he gave his two playing partners some old books and golf balls. The old feathery was among the balls given to Cale.

Budd, Sotheby's sporting memorabilia specialist, tells how the balls were made from feathers which were soaked, stuffed into a hand-made leather case made in sections which were then dried to make useable golf balls.

The ball will be put in a Sothebys auction later this year and is expected to sell for pounds 2,500-3,500.

Cale said: "I had no idea it was the genuine article."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 14, 2002
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