Worthington Ball Company stock certificate - Elyria, Ohio - 1928

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Beautiful certificate from the Worthington Ball Company issued in 1928. This historic document was printed by the Republic Bank Note Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a gold ball. This item has the signatures of the Company's President, and Secretary, and is over 96 years old.


Worthington Ball Company

In 1903, the Worthington Manufacturing Company, based in Elyria, Ohio, acquired the patents for the first three-piece wound rubber golf ball from the Hunt Manufacturing Company. In 1966, the Victor Comptometer Company absorbed the Worthington brand and moved it to Illinois, where the Victor brand eventually became Tommy Armour Golf. Tommy Armour Golf is now sold by Dick's Sporting Goods. 
In 1947, the Worthington Ball Company filed a trademark for the brand name "Tuffball" with the USPTO, which was registered in 1949. In 1933, the company also signed an agreement with Tommy Armour granting them the exclusive right to use his name as a trademark on golf balls for five years.