This backspin iron has corrugated grooves and a slight gooseneck
(offset) built into the neck, something that is not commonly seen in an
antique golf club. Off-set helps the golfer draw the ball and clubmakers
today often employ offset in many of their iron designs.
This iron was made sometime in the early 1920s by George Nicoll of
Leven, Scotland. Nichol started his club-making business in 1881 and
used slight variations of an upturned hand for his mark across his
entire career. The back of this iron bears his hand cleekmark, along with
his name and location. It is also stamped "Warranted / Handforged" and
"Zenith / Mashie" along with "Elphick," most likely the name of a former owner.
Around the turn of the century, George's son stepped up in the family
business and helped model it after other leading club manufacturers
like Spalding--producing complete lines of irons, of which Zenith was
one of the most popular.
Shaft measures 37" and retains its original leather-wrap grip.