Mid 19th century track irons are known for having long hosels and very small heads. In fact, the heads are so small, as can be seen on the other track iron in this auction, that they look like they were born to shank. Many a collector has asked themselves, "How did early golfers use a small head track iron and ever make solid contact with the ball?" To the auctioneer, the small head track iron might fit into a rut, but using it to make sold contact appears almost impossible. Apparently at least one or two golfers back in the day had the same thought as witnessed by this track iron with its much larger than normal round head.
I once owned this club 35 or so years ago. It was intriguing then and even more so now given that it still remains among the three track irons with the biggest heads I have seen. It's 39" shaft is original, and its grip, which consists of two lengths of leather, has been neatly and appropriately repaired. Top to bottom, this is a handsome club and a genuine rarity in the world of track irons. To offer it in this auction which also offers a tiny-head track iron (see lot 11) made from the same time period is fate!