This is a beautiful brass blade putter stamped "R. Johnstone, Golf Club Maker, Seattle." Johnstone was once "the man" for golf in the Pacific Northwest. This clubhead was forged by Spalding, shafted by Johnstone, and stamped with the intials of the owner LKM.
Immigrating from North Berwick Scotland in 1900, Johnstone landed in Seattle in 1905 and began his 32 years as the head pro at the Seattle Golf Club. Johnstone was a not only a skilled clubmaker, he could play the game.He won the Pacific Coast Golf Association Open in 1901 and 1903. After he began working in Seattle, there was no better-known golfer in the Pacific Northwest than Robert
Johnstone. Accordng to the Northwest PGA Section hall of fame comments about Johnstone, "He went on to win the Northwest Open in 1906-1908 and 1910
for a record total of six Northwest Open victories. In 1922, he was
instrumental in the forming of the Pacific Northwest Section PGA and
served as its first president." Click Here for more about Robert Johnstone
This putter is from the Fred X Fry Collection, and bears his
inventory label on its shaft. Fry, the dean of American golf club
collectors, was busy building his
collection forty years before the Golf Collectors Society (now The Golf
Heritage Society) was formed in 1970. Collecting with
great passion, Fry amassed around 450 clubs, mostly putters. He
cataloged, displayed, and cherished his treasures. A number of national
magazines ran articles about his collection of putters between 1936 and
1963. For more on Fry, and to view some of the articles, Click Here.