Andrew Forgan, the brother of Robert
Forgan, made this early 1880s long nose putter. Born in 1846, Andrew apprenticed to his brother and was hired by
Royal Perth in 1873 to work as both their clubmaker and greenskeeper.
He did this for 10 years before moving to Glasgow and working as a
clubmaker there. Because Andrew remained a small clubmaker, unlike his
brother, his long nose and transitional clubs are scarcely seen.
This club measures 38" in length and is in outstanding original condition. The grip and shaft are original. The shaft is marked with the initials "WEL" in light ink. The neck whipping is original, and wonderfully so, but it is just a little loose so should be handled with care or tightened. (The splice joint is still solid, just the whipping is slightly loose.) The
5 3/8-inch long head measures 1 1/8" in face depth.
This club is second from the left in the group image that accompanies this lot. For More on Andrew Forgan, see TCA2 v2 p 582-583.