Made by Charlie Hunter, the "Grand Old Man of the West," this circa 1875 brassey spoon, with its blond head and shaft, strikes a beautiful pose. The 42" lemonwood clear-grained shaft is a rarity and really does give the club a great overall look. The club has its original full brass plate on the sole and an old leather insert in the face. The finish has been cleaned up and the head somewhat restored, including the name stamp. The grip is original. The face retains a nice curve and the head possesses a sleek look. There is much to like here.
Charlie Hunter, was revered and
respected during his day. As young man, Hunter learned to make clubs
while working as an apprentice for Tom Morris at Prestwick. He then
the professional at Prestwick for over 50 years. He worked there from
Sept of 1864—when he took over after Morris left Prestwick for St
Andrews—to the middle of 1865, and then again from 1868 until his death
in 1921. Much like his mentor Old Tom, Hunter enjoyed the deep
affection of those who knew him.
Putter is fourth from the left in the accompanying group photo
For more on Hunter, see TCA2 V1 P86.