This c.1880 lofter is stamped "Jn Gray" on the back of the head. Face is nicely dished and retains its original dark wear/patina across the lower half, which has not been cleaned up like the rest of the head. Hosel measures 4 3/4" in length. The 36 1/2" shaft is possibly an old replacement but with its old, original sheepskin grip.
Shortly after Tom Morris moved to Prestwick, Scotland, in 1851, John Gray joined with Morris to become a founding member of the Prestwick Golf Club and the Prestwick Mechanics Club. The creation of these two golf organizations prompted Gray, the local Blacksmith, to include cleekmaking into his business. Gray made a name for himself. The irons he forged were revered. For more on John Gray, see The Clubmakers Art 2nd Edition Volume 1 pages 125 and 137.
This club is shown back row third from the left in the accompanying group image.