Lot # 144: Isaac Mackie's Fishing Rod Splice, Two-Piece Shaft

Starting Bid: $100.00

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Item was in Auction "Spring 2022",
which ran from 3/3/2022 12:00 PM to
3/19/2022 8:00 PM

Isaac Mackie sought to overcome the perceived weakness of both socket and splice neck woods by combining a socket and splice neck into a two-piece shaft. 

As designed by Mackie, the club offered here is made from three separate pieces of wood: the head and a two-piece shaft.  The two-piece shaft consists of a full length piece and an intermediate piece. The full-length piece splices onto the back of both the neck and the upper part of the intermediate piece. The bottom part of the intermediate piece sockets into the head.

The beautiful workmanship that combined the two pieces of the shaft make the splice between those two pieces difficult to see, but it is definitely visible upon close inspection. Five sections of whipping help hold the two pieces together. 

Mackie received a US patent dated June 2, 1914, that covered his club. He believed his unique design would combine the distance provided by socket neck drivers with the accuracy provided by splice neck drivers. 

The brassie offered, marked RNM on the full brass sole along with its patent date and "Pat Applied For" to reference the 4-way backweight, was produced by Spalding in 1922. The crown is stamped with owner's initials "B.R.R."

Made for a junior golfer, this club has its original 39" shaft, leather grip, and fiber insert that covers the bottom half of the face.  The original finish is still very nice and the neck whipping has been replaced in period style.  For more on this club, see TCA2 volume 1 page 168.

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