A nice Gem putter by one of the most highly respected hickory club makers during the 1890’s/early 1900’s era. The club has been restored ready for play. The length is 33.75” (86cm).
The makers name is still clearly visible stamped to the head along with other stamps to include Special ‘GEM’ Putter, Warranted Hand Forged.
The head has been cleaned, polished and the bottom edge re cut to remove old dint marks. The face is stamped with an attractive hyphen pattern with dot side decoration.
The length of the head from toe to heel along the rear is 3.75” (9.50cm) and the sole is ¾” wide around the central section.
The straight shaft has been fitted with a new tan hide grip whipped with black waxed linen thread which has then been treated with a light coat of shellac for protection.
Born in Elie, Fife in 1847, George Forrester was to become one of finest club makers of his era gaining the respect from both professionals and players alike.
He did not set out to be a club maker having served time as a stone mason and had also spent time in America looking for work in that trade. However he eventually returned to his home town and began producing clubs in 1871 for a living. Times were difficult to begin with as both professionals and players preferred to buy their clubs from established makers but in the fullness of time they began to realize that Forrester’s clubs were a quality product and they started to support him.
Throughout his club making years he constantly brought out and patented many clubs, both woods and irons which included a Bull Dog Bulger Driver and a ‘Concentric’ iron which had additional weight behind the sweet spot.
Although his son James joined the company in 1903 his father continued to run the business until his death in 1930. Forrester’s also opened a retail shop in London.
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.
Please refer to the Postal Prices, Payments & Returns page.
Orders consisting of more than one club will significantly reduce the postal charge for the added club(s) or other items, i.e. the cost to send up to 8 clubs is virtually the same as for one club so should a friend also wish to make a purchase then combine the orders and save money. Please contact me for a postal quote BEFORE placing your order on the website.
All deliveries are insured at no extra cost to the buyer giving you peace of mind that in the event that should an item(s) be lost or damaged during the delivery process you will be refunded in full. When the parcel arrives please check the condition of the parcel before signing for the delivery. This is most important because the courier will not accept liability for damage if the parcel is signed for in good condition and then a complaint is lodged at a later date. If this happens then I will not be able to claim from the courier which means that I will be unable to refund yourself.