This putter is from the Fred X Fry Collection and its original
condition is well above average. He had two of these! The head shows minimal dings. The two
arms are solid, not cracked like they sometimes are. The lead on the
sole is perfectly flush and untouch. The sole itself is marked "Otto Hacbarth / Pat 687,539." The head is very clean, with sharp lines along all edges.
The original shaft bears Fry's two inventory labels. A copy of Fry's notebook
page about this club will be provided to the winner of this lot. For
national magazine articles and more on Fred X. Fry, America's first
major golf club collector, Click Here.
Hackbarth began advertising his forked hosel putters in 1910, taking
order by mail. Chick Evens, the winner of the US Open and US Amateur in
1916, made it famous. Evans used this club during a good portion of
his career, and with great success. Hackbarth wanted a center-shafted
putter, but to help prevent the putter from twisting when putts were
struck off center, he devised a forked hosel that would attach at both
the heel and toe.
TCA2: V1 p 214-215