Spalding gooseneck putter for J F Jones|
J F Jones
, New Mills
A putter from the end of the hickory era with the Spalding anvil mark (showing it was made at their Dysart works) and also clearly stamped "Accurate Putter", "Rustless" and "Hand Forged".The vendor may have added the shaft though by this time the large manufacturers would send them out with shaft already in place meaning all the club professional had to do was stamp his name on the club, a job often left to an assistant. In this example the stamp was not hit hard enough the first time and required another attempt (or it slipped while baing hammered) resulting in a faint double stamp (and probably also resulting in a clip round the ear for the assistant).
Nevertheless the club is in excellent condition and certainly suitable for play. There is an enclosed ray pattern on the face. The hickory shaft is straight and is fitted with a burgundy polished calfskin grip This is a replacement but around the same age as the club and I suspect the shorter grip was added at the time because it helped the player's hand position.
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