in two Boxes Item #264204
This lot features a large collection of Augusta National collectibles, many of them produced in limited edition for distribution to the spouses of club members during the Masters Tournament. Present are the following:
Buttons: 8 gold blazer buttons, 6 sleeve and 2 jacket, by Waterbury & Co, with Augusta National logo.
Jewelry cases: Dark green leather jewelry strap roll, with Augusta National logo to clasp, by Garrard & Co, London. Together with silk jewelry case with Augusta National logo.
Leather goods: Dark green calf address book, with gilt stamped logo of Augusta National, 1967, to upper cover. 2 Dark green folding pocket wallets, with printed Augusta National logo to interior. Large green leather pack with strap, with Augusta National logo. 2 light green pigskin ladies wallets, with printed Augusta National logo to interior. 4 dark green alligator key rings with Augusta National logo to interior, 3 in original boxes. Ladies clutch, dark green alligator, 3 1⁄2 by 6 1⁄2 inches, German make, with Augusta National logo on clasp.
Silver and gold: Sterling silver trivet, 7 inches in diameter, engraved at center with image of Augusta National clubhouse, and at lip with images of course flora, by Garrards of London. Sterling silver porridger, 2 pieces, with inscription to Cliff Roberts, made by Garrard of London. Three small 14K gold brooches of Augusta National logo.
Kits: Medical kit in green casing with Augusta National logo. 2 dark green calf travel sewing kits, logo to exterior. Ladies Manicure set in green case with Augusta National logo. Tool kit in green leather case, with Augusta National logo. 2 metallic ladies compacts, one in ponchette, logo on powder lid.
Plus other miscellaneous Augusta National souvenirs. A comprehensive collectionBorn in Morning Sun, Iowa, Roberts had a troubled family life as a boy, and left school in the ninth grade. He worked at a great variety of jobs all around the United States, and eventually chose the investment industry for his career. He served as Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club from 1931 through 1976, and was named "Chairman in Memoriam" after his death. He also served as Chairman of the Masters Tournament from 1934 through 1976.
An investment banker on Wall Street from the late 1920s, Roberts was a partner with Reynolds & Company. He was the co-founder with Bobby Jones of the Augusta National Golf Club. In the early years, he and Jones personally extended invitations to the tournament. Roberts' friendship with American president Dwight Eisenhower led to the Eisenhowers making Augusta National their retreat during the 1950s.
Roberts was sometimes described as a 'benevolent dictator'. Roberts received many awards and honors during his lifetime, including service on the PGA Advisory Committee from its inception in 1943 until his death, appointment by the United States Golf Association to serve on the Bob Jones Award Selection Committee, and election to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1978. He was the author of The Story of the Augusta National Golf Club, published in 1976, and a subject of a book titled, The Making of the Masters, Clifford Roberts, Augusta National, and Golf's Most Prestigious Tournament, by David Owen, published in 1999.
It was not until 1975 that Lee Elder became the first black golfer to play in the Masters Tournament (although he was not the first non-white golfer to compete; Sukree Onsham of Thailand played in 1970 and 1971). Roberts is quoted as saying "to make an exception would be practicing discrimination in reverse." Lee Elder later said, "I don't want anything special. I will make it on my own." Another comment attributed to Roberts is: "As long as I'm alive, all the golfers will be white and all the caddies will be black." 
Roberts, age 84, committed suicide by gunshot in 1977 on the banks of the par-3 course at Augusta National. He had been in ill health for several months.
Price: $12,500.00 Free International Delivery