David Mitchell was a talented, though obscure, clubmaker. He was making clubs in St. Andrews no later than 1871, when he finished second in a clubmakers golf competition held on the old course at St. Andrews. He was appointed as the clubmaker and greenskeeper at Carnoustie in 1876, and he retired from clubmaking in 1881 due to ill health. He died in 1883.
This Putter is in outstanding condition. Head, shaft, and grip are original. The makers name is strong and clear. The head looks like it was used very little. This is about as nice of an example of a Mitchell club a collector could hope for, especially given that few Mitchell clubs remain.
This very club is pictured in The Clubmakers Art 2 V1 p. 97. A signed copy of the page from the book will be included with this club. It should be noted that the top half of the neck whipping on the club came loose, and needed to be fastened back down. Consequently the top half of the whipping now looks slightly different than it appears in TCA2. But it is still the original whipping used by Mitchell.
For more on Mitchell and this club, see TCA2 V1, P 97.