Lot # 51: Robert Simpson Putter

Starting Bid: $400.00

Bids: 1 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Fall 2022",
which ran from 11/3/2022 7:00 PM to
11/20/2022 12:20 AM

Made and marked by Robert Simpson at some point in the late 1880s, this long nose putter is stamped R. Simpson, Maker, Carnoustie.  The 36" shaft is original as is the nice sheepskin grip.I

Simpson became the clubmaker at the Dalhousie Golf Club in Carnoustie in 1883, his first professional post after working as an apprentice for George Forrester and Robert Forgan.  This club would have been sometime around the late 1880s.  Simpson was also a fine player. In 1885 he finished tied for 4th in the British Open. 

The head and face of this Simpson club shows a "bag wear," with minor nicks and dings.  No cracks are present and the club is still in its original finish.  The shaft bares a former collection label.  The head measure 5 1/2" in length, 1 3/8" in face depth, and 2" in width.  The sole sports the remains of a circular label, but such is easily removed.

During the 1890s Simpson began to expand as a businessman. By the early 1900s he was well establised as a prominent clubmaker whose work and club designs well known and respected throughout the UK.

For more on Robert Simpson, see TCA2 v2 p365.

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