Robert Simpson introduced his Premier putter with its cast steel long-nose-style head in 1903. A 1903 Simpson advertisement noted that the Premier was made from the "finest malleable cast steel" and was practically indestructible.
A long-nose-style putter head made from cast steel is highly unusual because aluminum was the material of choice when clubmakers produced long-nose-style putters heads from metal. The example offered here has the unmistakable double circle "Simpson S
Carnoustie" Trademark stamped on its shaft, although the mark is faint.
The grip was once loose, as there is a new tack holding it in place at
the butt end.
On the center of both the sole and the crown of this head is the outline of a circular plug made from the same material as the head. Plugs were used in order to make the head hollow. A solid iron head of this shape would be much too heavy to use if made out of solid iron or steel.
The rarity of Simpson's Premier putter indicates that it was produced for only a short period of time.
This club is shown in the middle of the top row in the accompanying group picture. For more on this club, see TCA2 v1 p378.