Page 60 in The Clubmakers Art volume 1 presents a J. Holland long spoon. The commentary notes that the club likely dates to the 1850s, and that there were five Holland long nose clubs known to the author. The author also noted that the Holland's identity was not yet known to the collecting world.
Offered here is a sixth Holland long nose club. It is a putter that likely dates to the 1850s if not a little earlier. The face depth is only 15/16" and the top and bottom lines of the face run pretty much parallel to each other. Both of these features typically date to the 1850s or before. The head measures 5 3/8" in length and 2 1/16" in width. It's bulbous, broad shape is reminiscent of the putters made by Philp.
The club is all original top to bottom, and measures 37 1/4" in length. There is a small hairline in the heel of the face, but it is of little significance to the overall look and presentation of this club. The wood used to make the head is fruitwood—not beech as was most often used during the second half of the 1800s. Unfortunately Holland's identity is not yet known, but with time its a good bet to think that his identity will come to light.
This is an outstanding club. Its beautifully made, appears to date no later than the end of the featherball era, and is rare in a big way.
A group shot that shows many of the long nose clubs in this auction is included with the images that accompany this lot. The Holland club is second from the left.