Forgan became a giant among clubmakers during the second half of the
18th century. He learned his craft while working as an apprentice to
Hugh Philp. In 1856, upon Philp's death, Forgan took over Philp's
clubmaking business and prospered well into the 20th century.
When this putter was made in the mid 1880s, Robert Forgan was
the clubmaker to His Royal
Highness The Prince of Wales, hence the POW plume stamp directly underneath
the "R. Forgan" stamp on the top of the head.
Appears to have original shaft, but the neck has been re-whipped in period fashion. The replacement sueded-leather grip is also done in period fashion. Overall, this is a solid long nose putter made by one of the greatest names in
19th century clubmaking.
For more on Forgan
and his prominent role in the history of clubmaking, see TCA2 v1 p70-74.