The Clan Golf Club Company produced the first clubs to bear a legally registered trademark. Other makers such as Carrick and Forgan had begun to use a logo or distinctive mark to identify their work prior to the Clan Company, but they did not register their mark. The Clan Company thistle was registered in 1891. The words "Clan" and "Regd" are included in their mark. The Clan Golf club Company, a retail establishment in London that imported goods from Scotland, was in business from 1891 to 1895. Which brings us to the club offered here.
This is a most excellent transitional brassie. The full brass soleplate, thick neck, and its big, deep face, measuring more 1 7/16" in depth, give this club an imposing appearance—it looks ready made to pound the ball! The 43" shaft stamped "Clan Regd," the grip, neck whipping, and finish are original.
There is a battle scar dent of little significance on the heel of the soleplate. The face is nicely dished and curved heel to toe. This is the best Clan Brassie the auctioneer has seen. It is an important historical piece that is not really known or understood because remaining Clan clubs are so rare.