Lot # 186: Hackbarth Forked Hosel Putter w/Pistol Grip

Starting Bid: $150.00

Bids: 8 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring 2021",
which ran from 3/3/2021 12:00 PM to
3/20/2021 8:00 PM



Hackbarth putters were made with either a lead or brass insert inlaid in the sole.  This example has the brass  insert.  Otto Hackbarth, a club professional from St. Louis who produced his club under a 1901 patent issued to Isaac Palmer, began to advertise his putter in 1910.  Hackbarth stated that the split hosel kept the club head from turning when striking the ball and thus provided more accurate putting. The best endorsement for this club came when Chick Evans, the 1916 Us Open and Amateur champion, used it with great success.

Because these putters are made primarily from aluminum they were easy to dent and ding. This example, however is in beautiful condition, well above average.  Both lengths of the fork are solid—with no cracks as is sometimes found on other examples. The left-hand face is stamped with the initials of the owner, "SES."

The large original leather-wapped pistol grip is a wonderful feature rarely found on this putter.  This particular pistol grip was made with exquisite craftsmanship.  The large wood dowel used to build up the grip is seamless for all intents and purposes where it connects to the shaft proper, and the leather wrap is without flaw despite the different diameters it covers. . 

Hackbarth putters originally sold through the mail for three dollars, a far cry from the prices they have fetched in recent years. They are highly visual and distinctive, and make a great addition to any club collection.

This club is shown to the far left in the second row of the accompanying group picture.  For more on this club, see TCA2: V1 p 214-215

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