This c. 1890 Robert Simpson transitional putter is made exactly as if it were a long nose putter only its not as long as a true long nose. The head measures 4 1/2" in length, not the typical 5-6 inches found on true long nose clubs. Despite the reduction in head lenght, Simpson made the club meaty, with a 1 3/16" in face depth and 2 1/8" head width. The club is distinctly heavy as the broad head has been loaded with lead in the back.
The club retains its original finish, shaft, and sheepskin grip. The grip has come a little loose at its base, but is all there and could be tightened up. There are around 10 insect holes in the top of the head, but the original finish is still strong and overall the club looks good. Some of the original neck whipping is gone so more of the splice joint is visible, and it remains solid. The original shaft is stamped "R. Simpson, Carnoustie, Maker" in an oval.
Transitional clubs such as this transitional putter helped golfers move from the long nose era into the bulger era. Born in 1862, Simpson was an accomplished clubmaker who championed the bulger driver as well as designed a few creative clubs of his own.