Scareneck "Crown" brassie with cork grip|
Robert Forgan and Son
, St Andrews
Unusual, in that by the time Forgan was commemorating his patron, Edward VII, becoming King, in 1901, most of his output would have been socket-headed woods, this scareneck club has the added interest of a cork grip.
The commemoration of Edward's coronation is the crown mark on the crown of the club above which is stamped "R Forgan". The sole is protected by a brass plate secured by six screws which has done its job judging by the battering it has taken. The face too shows a little wear and tear and it has the further protection of a horn slip.
The shaft is straight and fairly short (but not cut down, perhaps a special order) and is faintly stamped.
The grip is made from cork, a material experimented with several times between the 1890s and 1920s in an attempt to avoid the problems associated with wet sheepskin. Unfortunately cork was not very hard wearing so it is unusual to find a complete grip such as this. The original woolen underlisting peers out at the top.
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