King of Clubs brassie
J Douglas & Sons
“King of Clubs” was the name of a range produced by a leather manufacturer in the English Midlands. In the steel-shaft era they dabbled with a material they called Rexolite for club heads but this is a conventional brassie with persimmon head and hickory shaft.
The head is stamped “King of Clubs Special” and is protected by a brass soleplate secured by six brass screws rather than the usual steel screws. The striking face is rough, perhaps damaged by water and then dried out. I have treated it and will wait before trying to smooth it. Fine as a display club, I will update the entry if I get it to where it should be for play.
The hickory shaft is straight and has what may be the original black leather grip. It seems to have come loose at some point and an unfortunate repair effected by coating the shaft with varnish and wrapping the grip around it. The wrap, though, has left gaps so not good for the hands when playing. I was unsure if the grip would survive being removed and re-applied so, being original, I have left it
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