Made famous by Walter Travis when he won the British Amateur in 1904,
the Schenectady putter was patented by Arthur Knight of Schenectady,
New York, in 1903. The R&A banned the club in 1910, but the USGA
did not. The R&A's ban lasted over 40 years before it was reversed. Read
about the great uproar around this club during the early 1900s in The
Clubmakers Art Volume 1 pages 225-228.
This near mint example is marked "Schenectady Putter, Pat March 24, 1903" on the back of the head and "No. 976267 Sole Licensee Harry C. Lee & Co." on the sole. The "976267" acknowledges a US patent issued Nov 22, 1910 to Arthur Knight, the person who patented the Schenectady putter in 1903. Knight's 1910 patent was for a steel shaft design, but he nontheless marked this second patent number of this putter to generate greater hesitation to anyone interested in copying it.
This slightly later version has a smaller "Schenectady Putter" mark on the back of the head. Perforated leather wrap grip and hickory shaft are original. A very nice example of this most historical of historical clubs.