Produced by William Mills of
Sunderland, England, this early 1900s BSD 1 1/2 Driving Iron Model aluminum metalwood has a
long-nose-style clubhead that measures 4 3/8" in length and 1 1/8" in
face depth. In the Mills catalog for 1909, the BSD line of metalwoods
had long heads and deep faces while the BS line has long heads and
shallow faces. The catalog compared the clubs in both lines to the old
school long, mid, short, and baffy spoons. However, the Mill's clubs
were designed to take the place of irons. Hence the "Driving Iron" model offered
here, which the catalog describes as a medium long spoon, is only 39 1/2" in
length. It has its original leather-wrapped grip.
The aluminum alloy Mills used to make his clubheads was a soft metal, and this aluminum head is in average condition, showing use but no abuse. The hosel is solid with no cracks. Same, too, for the entire clubhead.
For more on Mills clubs see TCA2 v1 p338-341.