For centuries, splice neck joints were the territory of wood head
clubs, and wood head clubs only. That ended in 1910 when Frank Murray
received a British patent for his splice neck iron, which now stands as
the only iron head made with a splice neck joint in the history of the game.
The Murry splice neck iron offered here is a 35-inch-long putter in overall great condition, complete with its original grip. This is the very putter pictured in The Clubmaker's Art second edition, volume 1 page 180.
In the accompanying images the viewer can see the tip of the shaft
low on the back side of the hosel, and the tip of the hosel well up on
the back side of the shaft. According to the patent, the hosel was made
with a series of serrations in order to help the glue bind the
head to the shaft.
The shaft is original to this club, but the neck whipping is
not. The existing whipping has been installed in three sections to
highlight the splice joint. Because Murray irons are the only irons
that possess a splice joint, the ability to see the joint is a good
TCA2 v1 p 180-181