An exceptional large headed 15 degree brassie with a deep face restored for play. Swing Weight D1. Length 43” (109cm).
D. Anderson & Sons were a highly respected family of club makers in St. Andrews during the hickory era, their workshop being just around the corner from the 18th fairway where the famous Swilken Bridge is situated on the Old Course. Their name and model name are both clearly stamped to the head in gold lettering.
The half brass sole plate is held in place by five brass allan key screws.
The socket joint has been re whipped using black waxed linen thread which has been lightly coated with shellac for added protection. The face lines have been re cut.
The head measures:
3.75” (9.5cm) from toe to heel through the centre of the face.
2.50” (6cm) wide across the centre.
1.50” (4cm) Deep Face including the brass plate.
The straight shaft has a firm flex and has been fitted with a new light tan hide grip whipped with black waxed linen thread.
D.Anderson & Sons. St. Andrews.
David Anderson (1821-1901) who was affectionately known as ‘Old Da’ was a legend in his own right around St. Andrews making feather golf balls and green keeper at the Old Course. His two sons, James (Jamie b. 1842) and David (b.1847) both stamped their names in golf history. James was the first Open Champion to win three years in succession on different courses, 1877 Musselburgh, 1878 Prestwick and 1879 at St. Andrews. He was also a club maker but is remembered for his professional golfing attributes whereas his younger brother David who was also a good player is remembered for his club making skills and eventually founded the family business D. Anderson & Sons in 1893 based in Ellice Place, St. Andrews just around the corner from the 18th green on the Old Course.
David’s son (David) was also a club maker and started his own business in 1888 with is cousin William (Willie, son of James) and continued the business until 1893 when young David went to join his father and four younger brothers to form D. Anderson & Sons where he became the foreman. David was also the runner up at the 1888 Open Championship. Willie went to work for Robert Forgan for 11 years before moving to America where he was the professional at several clubs and then moved back to England to take up the position as the professional at Hanger Hill Golf Club, Middlesex where he remained for a few years.
D. Anderson & Sons produced their own wooden spliced head clubs specializing in Bulger models, and assembled irons using shafts turned by themselves with heads purchased from various cleek makers including James Anderson of Anstruther. During the mid 1890’s they produced many clubs using Ash and proclaimed that they were the sole makers of the true Texa ash club.
In the 1920’s they used two cleek marks, one being a small thistle and the other showing St. Andrew within a circle surrounded with D.Anderson & Sons St. Andrews. The firm grew to be one of the major manufacturers producing many models and also enjoyed a thriving export business. Besides producing clubs they were also renowned for their golf balls with a favourite being the St. Andrews. The business survived until the late 1930’s.
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.