John Jackson was making clubs in Perth for over two decades while Philp was was doing the same in St. Andrews. The two no doubt knew of each other and had seen each others work. Both were craftsmen of the highest order. Jackson is not nearly as well known as Philp today, but to collectors who know their clubmakers, Jackson's clubs are highly prized.
The c. 1855 Jackson long spoon offered here has a sleek head shape with stylish lines. The head measures 5 1/2" in length, 1 1/16" in face depth, and 1 7/8" in width. The 41 1/2" hickory shaft and sheepskin grip are original. The whipping has lost most of its coating. It's not possible to tell if this is the original whipping or not, but it is old and fits the bill, the whipping itself is the material that would have been used.
The horn on the sole is broken into three pieces, all of which are still attached to the head. As they exist now they seem to be solidly in place—after all, they have remained on this club for 170 years or so. The next owner could tighten down the existing horn, which has pulled up a touch from the sole, if they were worried about anything coming loose. The auctioneer does not recommend replacing the horn. The overall originality of this club is a giant plus. Not everything 170 years old is going to be perfect, especially golf clubs.
The head itself shows little use. The face is clean and the club is highly attractive. There are two woodworm holes out near the toe, but they have been filled in and are of no real consequence.
Overall, this is a great club that still has its beautiful original finish, a strong name stamp, and a wonderfully high degree of originality. There is a lot to like about this middle spoon.
This club is 6th from the left in the group image. For more on John Jackson and his elegant clubs, see The Clubmakers Art 2nd Edition v1 p52-53.