First, the not-so-good news. This club has 2 significant cracks in its head. One begins on the backside of the neck and runs across the top of the head towards the toe. The other begins on the underside of the toe and runs across the top of the head towards the heel. There is a bit of grain separation on the face, and a small chip missing from the toe.
Now the good news. Despite its issues, this club has an attractive look, showing its age and wear in a good way. Even better, it was made by Andrew Forgan, the brother of Robert Forgan. Born in 1846, Andrew apprenticed to his brother and was hired by Royal Perth in 1873 to work as both their clubmaker and greenskeeper. This he did for 10 years before he moved to Glasgow and worked as a clubmaker there. Because Andrew remained a small clubmaker, unlike his brother, his long nose and transitional clubs are scarcely seen.
This brassey spoon has its original soleplate, which has been cleaned. Its original shaft, stamped "A. Forgan, Glasgow" and sheepskin grip are also still on this club. The whipping high on the neck is original and the whipping below it is old replacement whipping. The 5-inch long head measures 1 1/4" in face depth. From its appearance, it is easy to see the the club was made right at the end of the long nose era, before the bulger woods introduced in 1888 (with great success) took hold.