Lot # 91: Only Known c1894 Jacques & Son "Fife" Driver w/ "Corkie" Grip (Ex-Jeff Ellis Collection)

Category: Golf Clubs

Starting Bid: $100.00

Bids: 39 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "2023 Golf Clubs Only",
which ran from 2/20/2023 6:00 PM to
3/4/2023 8:00 PM

Offered here is a circa 1894 Jacques & Son Center-Shafted "Fife" Driver with Patent "Corkie" grip. Overall very good condition. Cork grips were promoted as being better than traditional leather grips in wet conditions. Cork grips were a short-lived invention, however, as they were not durable. According to Jeff Ellis in The Clubmaker's Art, this is the only example of its kind known to exist. 

This club originates from the famed Jeff Ellis Collection, and this exact club was featured in his books The Clubmaker's Art (TCA 1, p. 199; TCA 2, p. 234). This club has not reached the collector market since its sale at the 2007 Sotheby's auction of the Jeff Ellis Collection.