Stamped “Wright & Ditson, Cran, Pat. June 8,
1897” on the back of its head, this cleek has an insert of wood inlaid in the face. Designed to offer the golfer an iron that provided the feel of a wood,
this club was covered under an 1897 US Design Patent issued to James
Cran. It was the 10th US patent issued for a golf club.
The finish on this head has been buffed out, and with great care not to disturb the original wood insert. While this club did not look quite this bright and shiny when it was originally sold, the current look is a good one as it sets off the wood face in a dramatic way. The shaft, grip, and wood insert are original. TCA2 V1 p393