A very nice putter having a most attractive semi-mallet head style head in superb condition ready for play for display. The length is 34.50” (88cm).
The head is clearly stamped with the model name ‘The Toby’ and the William Winton ‘diamond’ cleekmark. This putter was originally supplied to Albert Mitchell who was the professional & club maker at Nevill G.C., Tunbridge Wells in 1917. His name is also shown. The sole is stamped Medium Lie, 10 ozs, 14 drs.
The condition of the head is excellent having no scars or dint marks and has only required a light polishing treatment. The face is stamped with a dot punched pattern.
The head measures 4.25” (11cm) from toe to heel through the centre of the face, just over 1.25” (3cm) wide across the crown and between ½” to ¾” deep face. The hosel is nearly 3.75” (9.50cm) long.
The straight shaft has an oval shape and retains the original black leather grip which is tightly bound.
W.M.Winton & Company Ltd.
The Winton cleekmaking firm was originally founded by James Winton (1835-1907) in Montrose, Scotland. He began as a cleekmaker before eventually producing clubs c.1890. By 1900 he employed 9 staff and had a reputation for producing high quality clubs, both woods and metal irons.
When James died in 1907 his eldest son Robert inherited the business but he soon lost interest and sold the firm to his younger brother William in 1909. William M. Winton had returned from Australia to take up the position of professional/club maker at East Finchley, London in 1897-98 before moving to Acton G.C. later that year or early 1899. He gained a reputation as a fine club maker and soon began to expand and by 1911 had opened a new factory at Walworth in South London. His younger brother Thomas who had been a professional at various clubs eventually joined William in the business.
The company grew to become one of the world’s largest cleekmakers producing many different styles which included musselbacks, diamond backs and other styles. They also produced many of their own woods, irons and putters. They were also responsible for making the infamous Calamity Jane putter which was presented to Bobby Jones second hand by Stewart Maiden.
His clubs are easily recognisable by the ‘diamond’ cleekmark (never registered)stamped at the toe end of the blade. Clubs made by his father are simply stamped J. Winton and Thomas Winton stamped his clubs T. Winton. Early clubs made by William before taking over the family business were simply stamped W. Winton, Acton or London, however when he bought the family business in 1909 from his elder brother Robert he changed the company name to W.M. Winton and began stamping the clubs with either W.M. Winton & Co or Winton & Co Ltd.
Production ceased in 1936 and the firm was acquired by J & W. Craigie, Montrose who ran the business until the beginning of the Second World War when they closed down.
Buying Hickory Clubs for Play
This club(s) has been carefully inspected and sympathetically restored to a condition suitable for playing hickory golf. However it is important to remember that the average age of a hickory club is between 80 to 100 years and even older in some cases so you are purchasing an item of golf history, i.e. a golfing antique.
The majority of hickory clubs will be fine for play when handled with care but there are a few that even after being restored can have problems. For example iron heads become loose, shafts can split and socket joints do sometimes break down under the stress of the golf swing, the impact of hitting a golf ball or another hard object such as a stone or practice mat. These are the risks that you must be prepared to accept when playing with hickory clubs and therefore we cannot be held responsible should such damage occur.
GOLF BALLS – Important Advice.
It is always advisable to use a ‘soft feel’ ball when playing hickory golf to help prevent damaging the clubs. Most modern balls have a hard outer coating that can damage the face of a wood and put unnecessary strain on the socket joint. Hard balls can also cause an iron head/hosel to become loose from the wooden shaft. Driving range balls also invariably have a hard outer coating, plus hitting off rubber practice mats can sometimes loosen iron heads. Always practice on a grass surface.
Please refer to New Mesh & Dimple Balls for Hickory Play (see main menu) to view our replica 1920’s style soft feel balls.
Keeping Your Club(s) In Good Condition:
After a round of golf, should your clubs have become wet during play please ensure that you thoroughly clean and dry the heads when arriving home. Applying a thin coat of ‘gun oil’ to the iron heads helps protect against rust forming.
It is advisable to store your hickory clubs in a cool dry place. Too much moisture or heat can affect the hickory shafts, for example the shaft can shrink within the hosel causing the head to become loose. The cooler the environment - the better.
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