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.
This club is mainly offered for display purposes only but could be used for play at the buyers own risk.
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.
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.
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