Schwarz Clan New York 303 5th Avenue: An Early 20thC Child's Golf Club Wood with Hickory Shaft


Origin: American
Period: Early Twentieth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1910-20
Length: 24 inches

Coming from the world famous toy emporium in New York, the driver is stamped to the top of the wooden head and remains largely in tact save for a piece missing from its base. The socket neck bulger type wood has a nice patina and the cord, hickory shaft and cloth handle are all largely in tact.

Amongst the highlights in the American golfing calendar during this period for juveniles included John McDermott becoming the first native-born American to win the U.S. Open at just seventeen years of age, he was the youngest winner to date.

Frederick August Otto Schwarz opened his "Toy Bazaar" in NYC in 1870. It is now the oldest operating toy retailer in North America. At 20 stories, 303 Fifth Avenue is one of the tallest “skyscrapers” in New York when it opens for business in 1909.  Built in the fashionable Neo-classical style to a design by Buchman & Fox Architects, F.A.O Schwartz was the anchor retail tenant at this time. Schwarz’s prosperous business finally brought him to 745 Fifth Avenue.

This club sees the worlds of antique toys and sporting interest collide which makes it a desirable item and one that can be a conversation starter.