Lot # 35: Robert Forgan Putter c.1885

Starting Bid: $400.00

Bids: 2 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Summer 2022",
which ran from 7/7/2022 12:00 PM to
7/23/2022 8:00 PM

Robert 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.

This putter is on the far right in the accompanying group image.

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