|This is the real "Happy Golfer" - Part of a trio of golfers carved in 1964 by Duff Tweed.|
Saturday, October 11, 2014
The Happy Golfer is actually The Weekend Warrior - Duff Tweed Goes Golfing
Welcome back. You’re next up on the tee…Weekend Warrior!
Have I ever mentioned how much I love golf? If I haven’t, I should have mentioned it over 40 posts ago; typically shoot in the low eighties and hoping to get down to the seventies consistently in the near future. I forget about the world and just golf! It's wonderful, and it was my obsession for collecting golf memorabilia that had me stumble onto Duff Tweed’s work. My first carving ever acquired was a trio of golfers all affixed to one single frame. Each carving had been rubbed lightly with wax which gave them a shine and helped maintain their true original colors for decades to come. I obtained the set from a gentleman representing the estate of world renowned golfer, Ben Crenshaw. I have been collecting Mr. Tweeds work ever since. In any event, I just learned that a particular carving I have been calling “The Happy Golfer” is in fact more appropriately named the “Weekend Warrior”. This makes perfect sense as Duff also carved a similar looking golfer who is hands down the real Happy Golfer.
Duff Tweed Carvings already owns the “Weekend Warrior”, but thought we would share with you the fact that it is on Ebay right now with a starting bid of $49.99/ Buy It Now price of $99.99, plus delivery with the items location in Northbrook, Illinois.
The piece is fully in tact and even the golf club appears to be unbroken. Most often the face of the golf iron has been broken off from the shaft of the club. This one is completely in tact. We cannot tell if it is the original or a replaced golf club head.
We also appreciated that this piece is part of Duff’s limited edition run, which he appears to have done for many of his pieces. The difference from his regular carvings is the limited edition version have a boxier more protective looking frame and are marked by the limited edition brass plate affixed to each limited edition carving.
Below is a picture of the Weekend Warrior. We have pictured him several times before, so no additional commentary today; just correcting an error in name.
We’ll come back and show the bidding and final sale price upon closing of the Ebay auction. UPDATE 10-17-14: The carving did not sell on Ebay and the seller has not relisted it. This was actually an exciting post to write because we uncovered another correct name for yet another one of Duff’s whimsical characters.
I’m hoping to have something really special to share with you next week.
All the best!