Vintage Worthington Whoopee Mesh golf ball mold c.1915

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  • Item Category: Sports
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 09,2011
  • Channel: Online Auction
An original 1915 square dimpled mesh golf ball mold used in making the Whoopee golf ball (I L-O-V-E that name!). These were made by the old Worthington Golf Ball Factory in Elyria, Ohio.

These come as matching halves and are made of a hardened steel and are surprisingly heavy. They are nice to display a favorite ball or use simply as a paperweight.

There is no actual name imbedded in the inside cavity of the mold. What they did with these balls was to stamp them with the brand name of the ball they wanted. Notice in the picture below, there is a small flat area at the pole of the ball mold. That is where they stamped the name, “Whoopee” – in a circle pattern.

In many cases, a single mold could be used for a number of different brand name balls … a method still practiced today.

I will also be including a sample surlyn cover from today's era and a golf ball core with each mold you purchase. This is a nice thing to have on display to help you explain to friends as to how golf balls are made.

A great antique golf item!!

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Check out my other golf ball mold currently on eBay – a Mesh, square dimpled golf ball mold. VERY cool too! Get both!! Thanks & good luck in getting it!

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More history on these molds:

I found these molds at the old Worthington Golf Ball plant located in Elyria, Ohio. It had operated since the early 1900's and it was in the early 90's that they were bought out by the Ben Hogan Company. Some years back, I had found them in a backroom at the factory where they were stored in some small wooden boxes (measuring about 3" high X 12" wide). They had parts of a plaster that had fallen into the boxes as apparently they had been moved occasionally through the years. Some were in poor shape with rust on them, while others cleaned up very well.

These molds were referred to as “pucks” and they were inserted into plates that could hold up to 24 sets of molds. To manufacture the golf balls, the pucks have surlyn covers placed in each cavity and a ball core is placed inside. The ball cores can be wound cores or solid cores. These plates are then pressed together very with a very intense amount of heat and heat. The process takes only a minute or so, whereupon the plates would be separated and "whalla" - the ball would come out!

It was in the 1960's and 70's when the then President of Worthington became aware of the ball molds from one of the workers. The molds ranged in age from a bramble mold from 1899 to a 1970's golf ball mold. As an avid golf fan, the President of Worthington decided why not try & make balls using present day technology. So the company put together a series of 12 golf balls that they called the “The Anthology of the Golf Ball”. The Anthology series shows 12 reproduction balls that were made using their latest materials of ball core & surlyn cover. The Anthology balls come in packaging that looks like a thick book, wherein you open up the book and the balls are inside.

It was from these old molds that the "Anthology" series that I was able to match up the molds with the corresponding dimple pattern – whether round dimples, mesh. The Bluebird, ACE and Whoopee dimple patterns matched the corresponding balls in the Anthology book. The Anthology of the Golf Ball book was put out by Worthington in the 1970's and again in 1990.

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