Lot # 142: Charlie Hunter Splice Neck Bulger Driver w/Lemon-Wood Shaft

Starting Bid: $75.00

Bids: 19 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Desert Mountain Collection",
which ran from 8/30/2022 6:00 AM to
9/17/2022 8:00 PM



By 1890, the long nose woods of the 19th century and earlier, with their long heads and often concave faces, gave way to "bulger" woods, with their compact heads with convex faces.  As time continued to pass, many of the compact drivers and brassies of that period, however, simply had flat faces.  Made by Charlie Hunter, this little-used driver is a true bulger. It has a compact head with a and its convex face.  The radius becomes obvious when laying a flat edge ruler across the face. 

The beautiful 44 3/4" lemon wood shaft is original as is the sheepskin grip. The top of the head is stamped "C. Hunter." Hunter was sometimes called the "Grand Old Man of the West." He took over for Tom Morris at Prestwick in 1864 and worked there for decades, ever popular and respected.

This club looks like it was used very little if at all.   There are a few small "lines" of grain separation in the bottom of the face, but it is quite minor. It's not even visible from many angles as you can see in the images attached.  There is one image of the face straight on that does show the separation. 

There finish on this club is strong and clean. All the components are original. The maker was prominent.  The club is historic—and outstanding!

 

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