This James Beveridge long spoon is pretty much in mint condition. The club appears unused. Its original stain finish is even. The 42" original shaft is a slender length of lemon wood not often found in long nose clubs. The original sheepskin grip is cross-whipped like the grips on many a feather-ball club. Overall, this club is an absolutely wonderful club.
Born in 1852, James Beveridge had developed into a good player by the time he was 19. At the autumn meeting of the R&A in 1871 he won the clubmaker's competition over the old course in St. Andrews Beveridge learned the art of clubmaking while working for Tom Morris. During his career, Beveridge worked at North Berwick and the Isle of Wight. In 1894 he was hired as the professional at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, and there he worked until his death in 1899. So if you ever wanted a golf club made pretty much entirely by the hands of the golf pro at Shinnecock Hills in 1894, when Shinnecock became one of six clubs that formed the USGA, this is it!
Not many Beveridge long nose clubs are out there. But this one is a beauty. (TCA2 v1 p97.)