What's my Antique Golf Club worth?

I receive lots of emails asking me for help in dating and valueing antique golf clubs and antique golf balls. If you'd like some advice here's what you need to do:

1) If you're enquiring about some clubs first check that the shaft is made of real wood ( big tip: if a fridge magnet sticks to the shaft its likely to be worth under a pound/ dollar! ). Check to see if the magnet sticks half way along the shaft...sometimes metal core shafts from teh 1930s onwards actually have real wood inserts at the top of the grip end which often make people believe the club they have is hickory shafted because they can see actual wood grain at the butt end of the club. Also, if the shaft has wording such as "True Temper" on it then the shaft is definately steel cored and the club is consequently worth under a pound/ dollar/ euro!

2) If you wish you can email me a photo (jpeg format) of the markings on the head ...please note I receive lots of very poor quality pics taken on phone-cameras where the club head is totally out of focus and just looks like a dark blob on a stick...I don't need a professional quality pic, but if you'd like a reply please try and send a few decent photos...... a written transcription of the markings/ words stamped on the head helps a great deal too!

3) I will try to give you an honest appraisal of the club. I can advise approximately how old it is, who made it and what it's auction value is likely to be. If you're interested in selling your clubs(s) or antique golf balls I do sometimes buy them but rarely without seeing them with my own eyes first. I live in Warwickshire, United Kingdom...it's a small island just off continental Europe. This unfortunately means it is often not commercially viable for me to "come to your house to see the club/ ball" in Canada/ USA/ Brazil/ Japan/ China/ France/ Spain/ Australia, etc,etc so please don't be offended if I decline your kind offer.

That said, I do try to respond to all emails...!

Happy Golfing
Gavin Bottrell