This circa 1918 putter was made by MacGregor and is shaped much like the Brown-Vardon putter produced in the UK. Creating slots in hosel allowed the clubmaker to move more weight into the head. The would would then "swell" into the slots a little to hold it in place. This was all fine and good unless, over time, the club was used in the rain and water entered the slots and weakened/rotted the shaft inside the hosel.... However, this is not the case with this club. It is in great condition.
The shaft is original and stamped "Crawford, MacGregor, & Canby co." etc. The grip is the original leather wrap. Another good club with a nice look and feel.
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.