Rare Vintage & Antique Golf Clubs for Sale


Take a look at this very rare, wood shafted iron from circa 1760. Few clubs of this vintage have survived the ravages of time. Knowledgable collectors often estimate the number of pre-1800 clubs in the world at fewer than 25! Most of these clubs are in museums or private collections and they very rarely become available for purchase. Nearly all of these clubs are of Scottish manufacture with the irons having a very squared-off toe. Yet this club is quite different with a rounded toe and extra long and thick hosel supporting a heavy and sturdy shaft.

Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratories in New Zealand carbon dated the wood in the shaft to 1760 with an error factor of +/- 40 years. This would generally be a very good indication of the club’s approximate date of manufacture because wood is dried for only a short period of time (about a year) before the moisture content is lowered enough to be useful as a handle or shaft (if wood is dried too long, the moisture content becomes too low and the wood becomes brittle; a protective coating over the wood at the finish of manufacture seals the wood’s moisture content at the ideal level).

Golf was played in the Americas in the 1700s in both South Carolina and New York. Shipping records from the Scottish port of Leith show that a shipment of balls and clubs reached Charleston, South Carolina in the 1740s and there are British military journals and ads from New York newspapers that document play on Long Island, New York later in the 1700s. This particular club with its slightly more crude design than the surviving examples of golf clubs of Scottish manufacture from the 1700s is a very historically significant golf club being perhaps the earliest known example of an American-made golf club in existence!

The club itself is 35 1/2″ long and weighs 24 ounces. The heel to toe length of the clubhead is 4 1/2″ and the width of the blade is 3/16″. The hosel is 9″ long with a circumference of 3 1/4″ and is pinned in two positions, one high and one low. The clubhead is a separate piece of metal from the hosel. The club has a lie angle of 62 degrees with 16 degrees of left-handed loft. The shaft tapers from round at the hosel to square at the grip. There is a “V” cut into the grip indicating the correct placement of the right hand above the left on the wood shaft! See the pictures of how this works with the left-handed “baseball-style” grip which was used at the time.

Two pre-1800 irons sold at a September 2007 Sotheby’s auction in New York for $151,000 and $181,000 respectively, and both were of the more common Scottish manufacture. Check out our many other fine examples of playable and collectible hickory shaft golf clubs on our eBay store.



Vintage Wilson Staff Pair Of Wedges Golf Clubs MRH Steel SW PW picture
Vintage Wilson Staff Pair Of Wedges Golf Clubs MRH Steel SW PW
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MacGregor Tourney CF4000 MT Golf Iron Set (1-9 + 11)  GOLF CLUB VINTAGE BLADES  picture
MacGregor Tourney CF4000 MT Golf Iron Set (1-9 + 11) GOLF CLUB VINTAGE BLADES
$119.99


Vintage Taylormade Putter 34
Vintage Taylormade Putter 34″ (Used Condition)
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VINTAGE ANTIQUE 1930s DUNCAN'S S.G. MONTREAL SCOTLAND MASHIE IRON GOLF CLUB picture
VINTAGE ANTIQUE 1930s DUNCAN’S S.G. MONTREAL SCOTLAND MASHIE IRON GOLF CLUB
$49.96


Callaway FORGED VINTAGE Lob Wedge 58° Right-Handed Steel Golf Club #3978 picture
Callaway FORGED VINTAGE Lob Wedge 58° Right-Handed Steel Golf Club #3978
$38.99


Callaway FORGED + VINTAGE Gap Wedge 52° Left-Handed Steel Golf Club #2112 picture
Callaway FORGED + VINTAGE Gap Wedge 52° Left-Handed Steel Golf Club #2112
$38.99


Callaway X-Forged Vintage Mack Daddy Sand Wedge 56° RH Steel Golf #3298 picture
Callaway X-Forged Vintage Mack Daddy Sand Wedge 56° RH Steel Golf #3298
$45.99


Vintage Ben Hogan Director Golf Clubs Irons Set 3-8 Plus Drivers 1,2 picture
Vintage Ben Hogan Director Golf Clubs Irons Set 3-8 Plus Drivers 1,2
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Vintage Ray Cook M1-S Putter 35
Vintage Ray Cook M1-S Putter 35″
$0.89


BEN HOGAN Apex 3 Forged 1975 FORGED PRODUCER IRONS 2-E GOLF CLUB VINTAGE BLADES  picture
BEN HOGAN Apex 3 Forged 1975 FORGED PRODUCER IRONS 2-E GOLF CLUB VINTAGE BLADES
$79.99


RH Vintage Ping Pal 36
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$24.99


Vintage Dunlop Wishbone Brass 34
Vintage Dunlop Wishbone Brass 34″ PUTTER RH Blade Style Golf Club
$49.99


Vintage Golf Club Carizma Power Pod Driver Jim Flood S200U flex shaft RARE EUC picture
Vintage Golf Club Carizma Power Pod Driver Jim Flood S200U flex shaft RARE EUC
$85.0


Callaway X Tour Vintage 52* Gap Wedge Steel Value picture
Callaway X Tour Vintage 52* Gap Wedge Steel Value
$19.99


Callaway X-Series Jaws Dark Vintage 58* Lob Wedge Value picture
Callaway X-Series Jaws Dark Vintage 58* Lob Wedge Value
$24.99


Callaway X-Series Jaws Dark Vintage 56* Sand Wedge Value picture
Callaway X-Series Jaws Dark Vintage 56* Sand Wedge Value
$24.99