A very nice example of an early metal shafted mashie by this famous club maker from St. Andrews. The swing weight is C3 and the length is 37” (94cm).
The centre of the head is clearly stamped with his name within an oval circle with his famous ‘pipe’ cleekmark below. Other stamps show Mashie, Stainless and there is an inspection mark at the toe end in the shape of a castle which was used on stainless heads after 1931.
The head has been cleaned, polished and the leading edge re cut to remove old stone dint marks. The face is stamped with a line-scored pattern. The sole is ½” wide and the hosel measures 4” (10cm).
The straight shaft is in excellent condition and retains the original dark leather grip which remains tightly bound. New black waxed linen whipping thread has been fitted.
Born in 1861, Thomas Stewart became one of the most respected manufacturers of irons of his era with many of the top players selecting to use his irons above others. Players such as Tom Morris, James Braid, Harry Vardon, Jamie Anderson and Robert Maxwell to name just a few all played with Stewart irons.
Having served his time at the Robert White forge in St. Andrews he opened his own forge in 1893 and was soon supplying some of the prominent club makers in St. Andrews such as Tom Morris, Robert Forgan and D. & W. Auchterlonie as well as the famous McEwan club making family in Edinburgh.
His cleek mark was an ‘old clay pipe’ which he first used in 1893. He eventually registered the ‘Pipe’ as his trade mark in 1905 and from there onwards he added the trade mark lettering under the pipe ‘T.S.St. A. REG.TRADEMARK’. Between the years 1895 to 1905 he also used a ‘Serpent’ mark to designate clubs made for ladies and juniors. Tom was a stickler for quality and would reject heads if they did not meet with his approval, however instead of discarding these heads he added a reject mark depicting a non realistic star or a spider and then sold these heads to other club makers.
Rather than invent and patent his own designs he tended to copy other manufacturers patents including the Hugh Logan Genii and the Fairlie’s anti-shank irons. By the mid 1920’s he was producing the ‘modern’ 1, 2, 3 and 4 irons and it is these irons that are most sort after by today’s hickory players.
Tom was a member at the Old Course St. Andrews playing 3 to 4 times each week until his death in 1931.