Stamped “Wright & Ditson Cran” on the back
of its head along with the Jun 8, 1897 patent date, this cleek has a wood insert inlaid in the entire face. The 40" shaft and insert are original. The leather-wrapped grip looks good and matches the club well but could be a period replacement.
The whipping on the shaft is a repair. A very thin hairline split can be seen coming up out of the hosel. The wood inserts shows a bit of distress from use. The screws in the back of the head allowed the golfer to replace the wood if desired. However, best to leave the club just as it is today. Its all original and has a good, rugged look.
Not everything has to look or be brand new to be a great collectible. In this instance, the repaired shaft and worn face give a look of great age and strong character, that this is what a Cran iron often looked like over 125 years ago.
Designed to offer the golfer an iron that had the feel of a wood, this
club was produced under an 1897 US Design Patent issued to James Cran.
It was the 10th US patent issued for a golf club. TCA2 V1
This club is easily recognized in the accompanying group image.