"As Hugh Philp was to St. Andrews, so was the firm of McEwan & Son to Edinburgh and Musselburgh." (Golf 25, Sept. 1895, p51). indeed, the McEwan family of clubmakers were central to the world of clubmaking from 1770, when James McEwan opened for business, to the end of the nineteenth century, when long nose clubs were rendered obsolete. Across that 120 year span, five generations of the McEwan family were producing long nose clubs of the highest quality. TCA2 V1 p43-48
The 44 1/2" McEwan long spoon spoon offered here dates circa 1850. It measures 1" in face depth, 5 3/4" in head length, and 2 1/8" in head width. The face has a pronounced curve from heel to toe, a trait often found on other spoons from the featherball era. The shaft and whipping appear to be original, as does the sheepskin grip which has a second section of whipping low on the grip, installed back in the day, most likely to keep a small tear or other blemish in the grip from expanding. Much of the top half of the grip is missing, but the underlisting remains and allows for inspection of what a 170 year-old McEwan underlisting looks like.
McEwan long nose clubs from the feather ball era are exceptionally hard to come by. They are out there, but not many. This is a beautiful example, still in its original golden blonde finish, that would be a highlight in any collection.