Pounded to shape by a blacksmith upwards of 200 years ago, this circa 1840 track iron packs a seriously muscular punch. It's nothing less than a wrought iron bludgeon!
The head is small, indeed, but it's exceptionally thick. The hosel is also exceptionally thick top to bottom including down at its base next to the blade—and it is long, measuring 5 1/2" in length. Simply put, this club is one of the heaviest track irons that has survived to our day. Its overall dead weight is 21.5 ounces and its swingweight is off the charts—the auctioneer's swingweight scale is unable to calculate it.
As mentioned, the head is made from wrought iron, the grain of which is easily seen in the back of the blade. The hosel is pinned front to back, another wonderful early characteristic, and the pin is difficult to locate because the work is so clean (but it is indeed there and can be seen in one of the pictures showing the back of the hosel). Even so, the club has been reshafted and the grip is a modern replacement that fits the age of the club exceptionally well.
If you are looking for a serious track iron, this one qualifies.
The feather ball shown is not part of this lot. It is offered separately in this auction as lot 5. It is shown here for perspective.