Charles Hunter Brassie, ca. 1880
Appraised Value: $3,000 - $4,000 (1999)
$1,500 - $2,000 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (2:19)
Arms & Militaria
J. Christopher Mitchell American Antiques & Militaria
GUEST: I got the golf club from my father really when I came to Canada. He said, "Why don't you take this? And maybe someone in North America will be interested in this old golf club." Actually, a few years later when my mum came over to live with us, we brought it over in the plane. It's kind of a difficult thing to carry, but we...
APPRAISER: You had to carry it on the...
GUEST: Yes, yes, it doesn't wrap up well so I kind of had it over my shoulder.
APPRAISER: Well, let me tell you something about it. What you have here is a... is called a brassie, a number two brassie. It's a wood for hitting the ball out of the fairway and it gets its name from this brass plate on the bottom.
APPRAISER: It's made by a gentleman by the name of Charles Hunter. And you can see plainly here on the top of it, his name.
APPRAISER: And they called him Charlie. He's a very interesting guy. He was the head professional at Prestwick. As a matter of fact, he took over the professional there in 1864 from old Tom Morris when he went back to St. Andrew's. He was also a very famous professional of the time. One thing when you're looking at an early club-- and this is a club from around 1880s-- on the front, there's a piece of horn that's been inlaid.
APPRAISER: And this is to protect the wood from when you're hitting the ball to make the club last longer. On the back there's a channel that's cut out and it's inlaid with lead and this is to add weight to get the ball elevated off the ground.
APPRAISER: You can see here where the head of the club comes up and it's wound on to hold it together. One of the interesting things about this club is the fact that it still has the horn in it. Okay, most of the early clubs like this, this would fall out. The other nice thing about it is if you look at the name where it's marked "Charles Hunter"-- it's still nice, heavy where you can read it. And over a period of time when they're worn, this gets really light.
GUEST: Yes, worn away.
APPRAISER: The other nice thing is is that you haven't refinished it or done anything to hurt the way that it looks. In today's market, considering the fact that it's in such nice condition... Clubs from the 1880s are not around. They're very, very difficult to get. To the right person, this might bring somewhere between $3,000 and $4,000.
GUEST: Thank you, Dad. (laughs)
APPRAISER: Nice gift.
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