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Antique Vintage Scottish 1890 Forgan Brass Putter Hickory Wood Shaft Golf Club For Sale
A hickory wooden shafted circa 1890 Robert Forgan brass smooth faced putter with the plume cleekmark.Please see my other wood shafted
and vintage collectible golf clubs. Some
are quite rare. All without
Shipping within the USA is a flat rate of $11.95 with additional clubs at $3.00 each.
Shipping to Canada is $19.95 with additional clubs at $6.00 each.
Shipping overseasis $29.95 with additional clubs at $9.00 each.
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A hickory wooden shafted Scottish R. Forgan smooth faced
gunmetal putter. Forged in the home of
golf, St. Andrews, Scotland.
This nicely preserved brass club head
has a very clear R. Forgan ‘Plume’ cleekmark, which dates it prior to
1901. This particular club dates circa
1890, even possibly the late 1880’s.
Notice the sharp crease where the top of the blade and the hosel meet (see
picture). This sharp crease indicates a
forging circa 1890 or earlier. After
1890 these sharp creases disappear and are replaced with a rounded/curved
transition. This heavy club head also has
an extremely fat and long hosel. The
hosel on this is 4 ¾ inches. These are
all features of a circa 1890 or earlier club.
This gunmetal shows less than the normal amount of bag marks usually
found on these old soft metal putters.
Beautiful darker honey colored patina. Stampings are all still very clear. All of the “Plume’ cleekmark remains. The hosel pin appears to be an untouched
original. Original shaft is flush and
tight at the hosel join. Shaft stamped, “R.
Forgan & Son, St. Andrews.” No chips or cracks in the shaft and the grain
remains nice and tight. The shaft has
just the slightest hint of a bend, basically straight. Topped with a newer intact leather wrap grip over
fat underlisting with intact whippings. Grip
is in the correct period style. Total
club length at 36 inches. Brass putters
from the 19th century are certainly not all created equal. This is a very early example of a gun metal
putter from a top shelf maker. Please
see my other wood shafted and vintage collectable golf clubs. Some are quite rare. Also listing collectable PING
putters on a regular basis. All without
On Mar-09-13 at 20:19:43 PST, seller added the following information:
This putter also has an obvious mechanical type crimp done at the top of the hosel rather than the much more common hand done crimping at the hosel join. I've seen mechanical crimping before on early brass putters by McEwan, W. Park, and R. Forgan. I've also seen it on early American Spalding clubs from the early 1890's. I've also had one early iron cleek that was at least an 1880's club and it too had a mechanical hosel crimp. I know mechanical crimping became quite common by 1920's, but it certainly wasn't back in the 1880's and 1890's. If anyone has more information on whenmechanicalcrimping first started and who all experimented with it and when, I'd really be interested. Thanks, Mike