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Created by:
PING, American, founded 1959  Search this
Used by:
Ethel Funches, American, 1913 - 2010  Search this
steel alloy, rubber, ink, and plastic
H x W x D (2015.249.4.9 8 Iron): 37 × 1 × 3 1/2 in. (94 × 2.5 × 8.9 cm)
golf clubs (equipment)
sports and athletic equipment
late 20th century
A PING 8 iron used by Ethel Funches.
The shaft is silver in color and is made out of metal. There is a black rubber grip at the top. The grip has short grey diagonal lines going in both directions all around it. In the center there is a line drawing of an arrow-like shape. There is text going vertically down both sides of the arrow. On the proper right side of the arrow it reads [GRIP RITE] and on the proper left side it reads [SWING RITE]. There is a thin line going around the base of the grip with stars below it. There is also a thin line going around the top of the grip. There are some small tears in different areas. There is a hole in the center of the top of the grip. There is a grey indented circle around it. It reads [GOLF PRIDE] above the circle and [MADE IN USA] below the circle. It reads [VICTORY] in an arc inside the circle with a small star.
There are some scuffs in several areas on the shaft of the club. There is a clear adhesive label with black text on the shaft. There is a thick black line going around the top and a blue line around the bottom of the label. There is a blue line drawing of a male “creature” with a hat and a golf club. It reads [PING] in black letters going across the image. The text on the back of the label reads [KARSTEN / MFG. COPR. / BOX 9990 / PHOENIX, ARIZONA / 85068 / MADE IN U.S.A.]. The label is slightly torn in several places.
The head of the club is made of metal. It is almost rectangular in shape but has rounded corners and is thinner towards the inside. The proper right side has a text which reads [KARSTEN MFG. CORP. PHOENIX AZ 85068 USA.]. There is a hollow area with text. It reads [PING TM EYE2]. There is a circle with a red dot in the center between the words “PING” and “EYE2”. It reads [PAT / PENDING] below it. The underside of the head has an engraved number “8”.
African American  Search this
Athletes  Search this
Golf  Search this
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Grand Niece Angela Kenion-Wynn in Memory of Ethel P. Funches
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture