A superb example of ‘The Simplex’ patent brassie by this famous club maker. The estimated date this club was made is 1905 but it could be as early as 1895 with the beautiful old original thick hide grip being from this period. The club has been restored for display but could also be used for play. The swing weight is B3 and the length is 41.75” (106cm).
The makers name is stamped to the crown of the rescue wood style small head, albeit rather faint. The patented brass sole plate is clearly stamped ‘The Simplex’ Patent applied for No. 24835. The word Patent is also stamped to the incorporated brass rear weight.
The head is stained mid brown having a beautiful antique patina. The patent brass sole plate is securely held in position by six brass screws. The black fibre sole insert is also firmly in place. The socket joint has been re whipped with black waxed linen thread which has then been lightly coated with shellac for added protection.
The head measures:
Nearly 3.50” (9cm) from toe to heel through the centre of the face.
Nearly 2” (5cm) across the centre of the crown.
Nearly 1.50” (4cm) deep face including the sole insert and brass sole plate.
The shaft is virtually straight and retains the wonderful old tan hide grip over under-listing. The whipping is the old style thread.
Robert Simpson of Carnoustie.
Born in Earlsferry, Fife in 1862, Robert Simpson became one of the most famous club makers of his era with a reputation for manufacturing innovative high quality products.
He learnt his skills at both the George Forrester shop and latterly at the Robert Forgan shop in St. Andrews. In 1883 he was given the role of club and ball maker at the Dalhousie Club in Carnoustie and within two years had established a firm in the town. He was also a fine player having achieved 4th place twice in the Open Championship and tying for 2nd in 1893, the year that Willie Auchterlonie won.
He was well known for his Bulger woods and also patented a wood made from paper mache. The heads for his quality irons were initially forged by the famous cleek makers Robert Condie and William Gibson and then latterly by James Gourlay showing the anchor cleek mark. He launched various brand names such as Simplex, Matchless and Medalist to name a few which brought him enormous success at both home and abroad. He was only 61 when he died but the family business was carried on by his son until 1978 and eventually sold on in 1984.