A nice example of an early metal shafted brassie by William Gibson who was one of the leading club makers during the hickory era. The club is in original condition, i.e. not restored, and can still be used for play. The swing weight is C7 and the length is 42.75” (109cm).
The attractive persimmon wood head is stamped with the makers name within two red lines running across the crown of the head. The socket joint long plastic ferrule is whipped at the lower section with black linen thread in the same way as hickory woods.
The sole is fitted with a brass plate in the form of a letter ‘B’ (Brassie) with a patent number onto the lower section. Made in Scotland is stamped to the wood at the toe end. The lead back weight is securely in place. The face is cut with horizontal lines over laid in the central section with vertical lines to form a grid pattern.
The straight shaft retains the original ‘fancy’ brown leather grip.
William Gibson & Company.
William Gibson was born in 1868 and began his working career as a blacksmith’s apprentice working for James Anderson in Anstruther during the late 1880’s. However in 1897 he started his own becoming a principle partner of the firm Stirling and Gibson based in Edinburgh. When Stirling passed away in 1899 he changed the company name to Wm Gibson & Co and from there on the company grew to become the largest club making business in the world with all his products easily recognizable by the famous 5 pointed Star cleek mark.
He moved the business to Kinghorn, Fife in 1903 having opened a large factory in order to cope with the expanding business. Initially he kept to only producing cleeks but by 1905 he had launched into full club making producing both irons and woods sporting the star cleek mark. One of his most popular clubs and largest sellers for a number of years was the Hugh Logan patent iron called the Genii model. This club could be customized to suit most players requirements. His other very successful iron was the Star Maxwell which had been patented by Robert Maxwell. These clubs are easily recognizable by the holes in the hosel designed for weight reduction. Most of these irons were produced using stainless steel from around 1910 onwards.
His huge success was due to him being very broad minded regarding club production and new design ideas which lead him to produce many different ranges at various price levels in order to attract sales. He died in 1921 leaving his son George to continue running the business.