Showing little to no use, this unmarked set of 1928 Ralph Tyler Vibrationless woods is extraordinary on many levels. The neck, sole, and metal brace behind the face are all one piece of aluminum. Collectors sometimes come across one of these clubs, but a full matching set is almost unheard of, let alone a set of Vibrationless Tyler woods, with having such a dramatic fancy face. The entire area in front of the brace in each club consists of thick red fiber inlaid with seven celluloid dowels on the face. Most similar Tyler fancy face woods used wood in front of the brace. The red fiber was most likely an expensive upgrade.
Each piece of red fiber is held in place by two screws in the sole and two screws inside the head that extend through the aluminum brace. When this club was made, the red fiber was installed first using the screws, and then the wood on the back of the head was installed using screws through the soleplate. According to an ad for the fancy-faced "Vibrationless Tyler Woods" in the July 1928 issue of American Golfer, the aluminum brace provided improved power and balance because more weight was in exact alignment with the shaft.
The original black-coated steel shafts are stamped "Trade Mark Mac-Oid, Pat's Pending." Mac-Oid was used mainly by MacGregor. Tyler apparently accessed the same source for these shafts, most likely as an upgrade, to add to the beauty of the set.
Ralph Tyler was a small clubmaker who worked at various locations in the midwest during his career. These clubs were sold from Jackson, Ohio. Some of Tyler's clubs were stamped with his name and some were not. He primarily made aluminum/wood combination woods and his designs are both unmistakable and attractive.
This is an extremely rare and stylish set of early 20th century woods if there ever was one.