The RL1 model was in a prior listing, and now we have the RL2 model!
Again, the British design registration number 413,454 on this club dates to
1904. This William Mills RL2 model Duplex has its original 36 1/4"" shaft and
an old leather wrapped replacement (I can't tell if this has been replaced or not--it looks original, but feels replacement, unless it's just loosened/slipped) grip. The solf aluminum head shows a minimal amount of dings or wear. A real
Described as an "innovative genius," William Mills attracted attention
once again with the double face on his Duplex serving as a dual-purpose
club--allowing itself to be played for both right-handed and left-handed
shots depending on how the ball was lying, something that previously
would require owning two separate clubs.
In October 1903, Golf Illustrated gave the Duplex metalwood a
glowing review, featuring so much more than just the dual nature of its
hitting ability. It raved about the head being perfectly
balanced--feeling so comfortable in the player's hand as to grow his
confidence. It marveled that the hitting surface providing such a loft,
as a cleek would, but hit straighter shots than a normal iron or a
mashie. The lengthy review concluded with "We have not seen any which is
so well adapted for its purpose or which gives such uniform and
satisfactory results." Imagine a review like that on a new club coming
out today! It would be a must-buy, just like the Mill's Duplex was back
then! A very nice club, especially when considering the rarity of a fairway-wood-length duplex club, not just the Mills models.
More information can be found TCA2 V2 p519.