Shaped more like a shark's tooth than a golf club, this circ a 1905 unmarked crosshead putter has a number of distinctive features. It has a red fiber face insert, a lead sweet spot, a full aluminum soleplate, and a square shaft.
The red fiber insert is pinnered in place on each side of the face with shat appear to be two ivory dowels.
The circular lead weight is inlaid in the center of the insert. Not only does this move the center of gravity of the clubhead closert to the ball, it also provides a softer surface with which to strike the ball. It was thought that lead, being a soft metal, would transmit greater "feel" to the golfer.
Mirroring the shape of the sole, the aluminum soleplate curves up as it progresses to the back, to lessen the chance of the head catching the turf during a shot. This plate is held in place by a number of small screws along its edges.
The 32" shaft is original and square up its entire length. The grip is original as well.
A small piece of wood is missing from the very tip of the back of the head. This is a small flaw to what is otherwise an incredible implement that is quite the elaborate hand-made creation. The auctioneer knows of no other example of this club.
This is the very club pictured and discussed on page 553 in Volume 2 of The Clubmaker's Art
Second Edition. A copy of that page signed by the author is included with this lot.