Lot # 29: J ? Putter. c. 1875

Category: Putters

Starting Bid: $350.00

Bids: 1 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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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

The auctioneer is unable to read the makers name on this circa 1865 long nose putter. The first initial "J." is very clear. The last name appears to start with a "P," or possibly a "B," or maybe an H, E, F, or R.  The shallow 1" face depth would lend credence to the idea it was made by John Patrick. But, again, it is impossible to say for sure at this point.  Some of the existing finish above the name would need to be carefully removed to better see what is under it.

The club itself has a 5 1/2" long head with a shallow 1" face depth and a neck that is distinctly on the thinner side. Shallow faces and thin necks date to the end of the featherball era.  Black finishes, which this club has, started to gain popular in the 1860s and thereafter although blond, brown, and other finish colors were in use during that time as well. So to estimate this club was made around 1875 is fair.  The shaft, however, might not be original if one judges by appearances—i.e. the neck whipping on this club is of recent vintage, plus the hard leather finish on this grip appears to be from the early 20th century and original to the shaft.   It's entirely possible that this club was reshafted using an old shaft (with its grip already on it) made early in the 20th century. 

This club has a particularly interesting/peculiar feature not found on any other club the auctioneer has come across.  On the heel of the face is a bit of damage, so a wood dowel was sunk into the face to increase the amount of level surface area. This dowel extends all the way through the head and the lead in the back of the head. The dowel appears to have been installed shortly after the club was made as it and the lead are perfectly flush with each other and there is no evidence of filing, etc.  In fact, the lead looks like it was originally made with the dowel in place. 


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