Original box of The Reddy Tee, made by The Nieblo MFG. Co. The first wooden tee was patented in 1899 by Dr. George F. Grant of Boston, but it was not widely used since he did not market it, according to golf historians. 'This idea of a wooden golf tee sort of languished until you had Dr. William Lowell experimenting in his garage in the 1920s,' said Rand Jerris, director of the museum and archives of the United States Golf Association, in Far Hills, NJ. Lowell filed his application on May 5, 1922, and was granted patent No. 1,493,687 on May 13, 1924. He painted them red, formed the Reddy Tee Co., and hired two professional golfers, Walter Hagen (whom he paid $1500) and Joe Kirkwood, an Australian, to use his product in 1924 as the pair played exhibition matches. 'They were the perfect sort of showmen,' Jerris said. 'They did a great job of promoting the product. The pros would leave the pegs in the ground after they hit, and spectators would scramble to retrieve them.' Other inventors and patents soon followed. Within a couple of years the sand tee disappeared. Reddy Tee has also faded into history, and USGA records indicate that Lowell eventually lost his patent after a long legal struggle.
RAre Muhammad Ali Champions Forever Signed Boxing Glove, 1989, featuring the signatures of Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, and Ken Norton. Mounted in a custom glass case (case height 13 inches). Provenance: The glove was autographed by the five champions at an event for those who worked on the production of the movie Champions Forever, after which it was presented to a family member of the consignor. The invitation to the event and a plaque presented to the family member (Mitchell Calder Production Consultant March 1, 1989) are included.
18th to 19th century pair of Spanish stirrups. Wood frames overlaid with steel and cut brass. Completely original, very good estate condition. They each measure 10 inches long by 5 inches wide by 6 inches high.
17th to 18th century steel and brass Spanish Colonial horse stirrups. Hand made by a master blacksmith. Note the cut-out steel brackets set with steel pins. Each stirrup measures 6.5 inches high, 7.5 inches long and 5 inches deep. Excellent condition.
5th edition The Winchester Book by George Madis, signed by the author. The Art and Reference House, Brownsboro, Texas, 1979. Limited edition of 1000 copies (none are numbered). Embossed brown leatherette cover stamped in gold. Measures 11.25 x 9 x 1.5 inches. Very good condition, tight and clean.