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Ryders Seed Merchant

Samuel Ryder 1858-1936
After working in his father’s market garden business, from the 1890s Samuel sold penny seed packets via mail order which became a global company in St Albans. In 1920 he began Heath & Heather with brother James, who was a medicinal herbs expert. Already a philanthropist, Sam was a big golf sponsor in the 1920s and founded the biennial men’s US-UK Ryder Cup in 1927. In 1979 it became a US-Europe event. On this composite model, the old Bat & Ball pub is now a retail outlet.

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 This humorous advertisement was in the popular, satirical Punch magazine from 29 January, 1919.

Hazle Ceramics
Ryders’ Seed Merchant
Limited Painting of 30 by Hazle
With added 22 carat gold
on St Albans
With features from many buildings
Different main window, fainter hues and all black panes on left side may signify a prototype as well as 7/30!

£99.50 Worldwide
With Free Postage

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 Sam holds the gold Ryder Cup he donated in 1927 at Gleneagles, the 2014 host. Behind are UK pro Abe Mitchell, his coach and model for the trophy’s figure, with the first US captain.

 A Heath & Heather catalogue with Sam Ryder. His co-founding brother James actually wrote the herbal books. This brand is now owned by Holland & Barrett and creates many award-winning fruit or herbal teas and infusions too.

 Sam was advised to take up golf at 49 for fresh air and exercise. He became the captain of Verulam Golf Club in St Albans three times.

 1931 catalogue. Owned by Suttons Seeds by the 1970s.

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