Born in 1849, Tom Dunn was the
son of Willie Dunn Sr. and brother of Willie Dunn Jr. Tom learned
clubmaking from his father and started his own business at North Berwick
in 1870. From there his career as a clubmaker and professional was off
and running. He worked at the London Scottish Golf Club of Wimbledon in
the autumn of 1870, returned to North Berwick as the custodian of the
links in 1881. He held that position until he returned to London in
1889, to work as the professional for the Tooting Bec golf club.
Still in its original golden blonde finish, the head on this circa 1875 grassed driver measures 5 3/4" long by 2" wide with a 1 1/8" face depth. The crown is stamped "T. Dunn" along with the initials "J.C.S." The original shaft measures 43 1/2" long. The grip is most likely a replacement, but it sure looks good. Overall, this is a handsome club with great presence.
For more information about Tom Dunn see TCA2 V1 p99.