In 1928, this "Golf Sickle" was advertised as able to provide "great exercise cutting grass or weeds. Swings like a golf club."
The top of the hosel is stamped "Reg'd Design No. 689194 / Holtzapffel & Co." The British registered design was issued on March 25, 1922, to Holtzapffel & Company, 53 Haymarket, St. James, London.
This was no ordinary weed cutter. Given the sharp double-edge blade at the end of the steel hosel, any unfortunate sole in charge of chopping off a few weeds could practice his or her swing while "hard at work." Artistically designed to approximate a golf grip, the wood along the top twelve inches of the shaft is not only ribbed but also slightly larger in diameter than the rest of the shaft. The butt end of the shaft has its original brass and steel cap. A beautiful perimeter piece
that's out of the ordinary.
This club is stop left in the group image that accompanies this lot.