A very rare and unusual putter fitted with a brass face insert. This club has been restored ready for play or would make a fine display item. The length is 33.75” (86cm).
John Charles Jacobs was born on the Isle of Wight in 1867. Before taking up golf seriously as a professional he first trained as a coach builder and no doubt his wood working skills will have helped him to produce quality golf clubs when joining the Royal Isle of Wight Golf Club in 1892. When he joined the club, Archie Simpson was the professional who will have helped Jacobs with the art of club making. Simpson departed soon after and Jacobs took up the position as the professional. He was not known as a top player but gained a reputation for producing unusual clubs made to a high standard. A number of his clubs, including this putter, were patented for their design. Other stamps show the ‘Crescent Moon’ cleekmark used by James Gourlay who will have supplied the head, and Warranted Hand Forged.
The head has been cleaned and lightly polished and small dint marks have been removed. The blade measures 3.75” (9.50cm) from toe to heel through the centre of the face. The wide sole measures nearly 1/2” at the centre point. The thick hosel measures 4” (10cm).
The straight shaft retains the original dark brown leather grip with light wear in parts bound with new black waxed linen whipping thread which has then been coated with shellac for added protection.
Originally a blacksmith’s forge was founded at Carnoustie in 1893 by James Gourlay snr but changed to machine production in 1904. After his death in 1908 the firm was run by family members until his son James jnr was able to take over around 1914-15 just before the 1st world war.
Jimmy (as he was known) eventually headed for the U.S & Canada but the firm continued to supply club heads until the early 1930’s.
The firm used various cleek marks, i.e. Star, Crescent Moon and a Horseshoe, plus an Anchor which was used for heads supplied to the famous local club maker Robert Simpson.
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 6 or even 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. Should you wish to take advantage of this saving then please contact me for a postal quote before placing your order on the website.
When the courier 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.