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Before the advent of tees, the early golfers had to craft a mound from the dampened sand found in a box near to the teeing area. The ball would be perched on top of this sand mound ready to be swept off by the wooden driving club. (Of course, it usually fell to the caddie to make the mound.)

The first major development was the invention of metal tee moulds. These were designed to quickly and simply make a uniformly shaped and sized sand mound. For example the Ransome brass 'Double Golf Tee Stamp' of 1900 afforded the golfer two choices of teeing heights (for either woods or irons) by using either end of the mould.

Later these moulds became more sophisticated with springs and plungers. Although brass was the more popular medium, our reader's British Douglas Sand Tee Gun with is cylindrical plunger was made of stainless steel. Sand was pushed into the mould and when the spring loaded top was depressed it ejected a perfectly formed sand tee…'any caddie can use it…makes perfect moulds…always same height…thus ensuring consistent driving.'

The other one is an American made 'K-D' tee 'mold' and dates to the 1920s. It was made from polished aluminium and its makers advertised that 'you can make ten million tees of absolutely uniform height quicker and neater by hand.'

VALUE: Both tee moulds are collectible. At auction the stainless steel Douglas would fetch £150 and the alloy K-D £100.




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