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Vintage Mesh Pattern Golf Ball 'LYNX'.
A typical lattice, square mesh patterned 1930's rubber core golf ball in used condition. The mesh ball is a great display ball marked "Lynx" on both poles, manufactured by The Silvertown Co., 108 Cannon Street, London, England. This is a rather attractive golf ball with a few marks on its surface.

The ball is approximately 1 5/8 inch in diameter (4.2 cm).

The Silvertown Company has been known under several names in its history. The Rubber & Gutter Percha Company, British Tire & Rubber Co. and the Telegraph Works Co. (its origin being founded around 1864). The factory at first made mostly cables but began making other products e.g. tyres and golf balls from the 1180's. The company came to the fore in the gutty ball era under the influence of Dr. Rollo Appleyard. It became hugely influential again with Albert E. Penfold (the most important figure in British golf ball manufacture in the 20th century). Penfold's early working years were under the watchful eye of the eminent scientist Dr. Rollo Appleyard. He took a prominent role in research and development and was put in charge of golf ball development in 1911. He quickly putt his own unique touch to the designs, getting a patent on his 'mesh' pattern and 'lattice' designs in 1912. Penfold assigned the 'mesh' pattern to The Silvertown Company, but he retained the rights to the 'lattice' design, this importantly would prove integral to the birth of the 'Penfold' brand.

The rubber core ball (the ancestor of the modern ball) began its life in the late 1890's. The first mass produced rubber core ball was by Coburn Haskell of Cleveland, Ohio. The first core balls were hand wound with elastic thread with a Gutta-percha cover, moulded with the raised square mesh pattern of their predecessor. The slight irregularities in the early wound balls made them quite lively, it was not until the invention of the automatic winding machine by John Gammeter (an engineer at Goodrich) and the change of pattern from mesh to bramble that the balls became more consistent and predictable. In later years, the 1920's, the design went back to a mesh pattern with lattice design.

Dia. 4.13 cm
Dia. 1¾"

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