Henry Cotton Golf Club, Sotto Grande. Henry Cotton's silver plated ink pad and stamps. The handle on the pad and one stamp is in the form of an owl. The stamp says 'Henry Cotton, New Club, Sotto Grande,(Cadiz), Spain'. Henry Cotton (Thomas Henry Cotton), 1907-87, was born in Cheshire, England. In his early years Cotton was a very good cricketer until he was banned from playing as a punishment, and then so switch to playing golf. He turned professional in 1924 at the age of 17, but only received international recognition when he won the British Open in 1934. He went on to win the Open again in 1937 and 1948. Cotton played in the Ryder Cup tournaments and was twice captain, he also won three British PGA crowns as well as many European Championships. He would have undeniably won more if it were not for World War II in which Cotton served in the RAF. During the time he and other pro’s organised exhibition matches to raise funds for the Red Cross, this earned him an M.B.E. In his later years, Cotton retired and became a course designer, journalist and writer, and wrote ten books. He founded the Golf Foundation, which helped thousands of young boys and girls get started in golf. He designed the Penia course in the Algarve, Portugal and spent his last years living there. In recognition of his contribution to British golf, the R&A awarded him honorary membership in 1968 and he was knighted, becoming Sir Henry Cotton, in 1987 shortly before his death.
Antique Silver Plate