Lot # 85: Jean Gassiat Style Putter

Starting Bid: $150.00

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Item was in Auction "Fall 2020",
which ran from 11/4/2020 12:00 PM to
11/21/2020 8:00 PM

This Gassiat-style putter is unmarked. It has an original alignment line across the top of the head and four large lead weights directly behind a think brass plate on the sole.  The plate is held in place by seven screws and provides protection to the leading edge of the putter.

These big block-head putters made famous by Jean Gassiat were introduced around 1913 and made at various by various makers during the ensuring years.  They are often called grand piano putters because they are big & heavy (for a golf club) made out of wood, and their rectangular shape is reminiscent of many 19th-century pianos there were also rectangular in shape.

This club was used back in the day, but it has survived in excellent original condition.  The club has its original shaft and built-up top of the grip, which is described in an October 31, 1913 Golf Illustrated review as an "extra thickness at the top for the use of the left hand."  A quick inspection reveals how the grip was made by using a second piece of wood. This grip is one of the first "pistol grips" produced in the world of golf.

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