Wilson produced their Concave putter between 1931 and 1935. The club has a face concave from heel to toe and a lead weight positioned under a brass plate under both the head and toe. There is no question that this club is pretty much a knock-off of Forgan's Max-Mo putter.
Bother putters were designed to redirect a ball mis-hit on either the toe or heel
back towards the hole—and to give the otherwise mis-hit (and therefore)
weak putt more momentum than it would otherwise have had. To accomplish
these things, the clubface has a concave curve heel to toe and there
are lead weights under the brass plate on the heel and toe of the sole.
In theory, a ball struck on the toe of a RH putter would be redirected a
touch to the left to correct for what would normally be a miss to the
right of the hole. The lead weight under the toe would add back the
distance lost with such a mis-hit. Again, that was the theory. For more
on the Maxmo & Concave putter, see TCA2 v1 p303
This Concave putter has its original 34 1/2" shaft and grip. There is a significant crack on the sole between the soleplates. Even so, there are many other things that are right about this club.
This club is from the Fred X. Fry collection and bears his inventory label on its shaft. Fry, the dean of American
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 approximately 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.