This Perfector driver was made by Alex Patrick, a prominent and well-respected Scottish clubmaker born in 1849. Patrick plied his trade during much of the gutty-ball era, having learned the
business at the foot of his father, and well into the rubber-core era.
In 1910, Alex Patrick was issued British patent No. 57939 to cover this club. While the head has a highly unusual shape, with the sole being much wider than the crown, the primary feature of his club is the face, and how it continues up the neck. According to his patent, the much wider face on Patrick's Perfector driver would benefit the golfer should they hit the ball either in the center of the club or towards the heel of the club. The patent also details how Perfector's face is "approximately in alignment with the shaft."
The face on this driver goes up the neck further than it does on most Perfectors, plus the scoring lines are thicker than typical. The auctioneer believes the face was lightly filed, to extend it a little ways further up the neck, and new scoring lines installed. There is no way to know for sure when this was done, but judging from the nature of this club, this work was likely done when the club was in use.
This unusual driver still has its original shaft, stamped "A Patrick, Edinburgh," and its original sheepskin grip. The 3 lead buttons in the back of the head are also original.
While this club has had a little work, it's still handsome after all these years.