James Watt offset ladies' putter|
, North Berwick
A pre-WWI offset putter from the last of the traditional North Berwick clubmakers. It is marked as a ladies’ putter (the “L” on the reverse of the clubhead) and the head certainly has those proportions though the shaft is only about half an inch shorter than standard.
The face has hyphen markings enclosed within two bars. In addition to the “L” the reverse is marked “Warranted Hand Forged” and “Defiant Brand” around a lion rampant with “Accurate Putter” below (in caps). It also has James Watt’s name in signature.
Its hickory shaft is straight and in good condition. At one time it must have had a man’s length grip on it which must have looked ridiculous. I cannot think that was fitted by James Watt. A replacement has been fitted in the 1920s, a characteristic burgundy polished leather grip with some fancy whipping which is far more appropriate.
Equally suited to play or display.
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