A superb rustless mashie fully restored is now ready for play including the fitting of a replacement shaft. The swing weight is D0 and the length is 36.25 (92cm).
The makers ‘Bowline’ cleekmark used during the 1920’s is stamped to the head, plus No.6 is shown on the sole denoting that this iron was originally part of a matched set. Other marks show Specially Selected, Matched Set,Rustless Hand Forged. The set was originally supplied to C. Chevalier who was the professional at Reddish Vale G.C., Manchester from 1922 to 1932. His signature is also stamped to the head.
The head has been cleaned, polished and the leading edge re cut to remove old stone dint marks and is tight to the shaft. The face is stamped with a dot punched pattern.
The straight shaft has been fitted with a new light tan hide grip whipped with black waxed linen thread which has been coated with shellac for further protection.
James Pringle Cochrane, Edinburgh.
Cochrane’s were late starters as manufacturers in the hickory golf club business but rose to be one of Scotland’s largest producers. The firm was established around the mid 1890’s by James Pringle Cochrane mainly to produce golf balls and sell unassembled golf club parts both of which were successful ventures. They also produced a very limited amount of clubs but it was not until 1910 before they took club production seriously.
In 1913 the opportunity arose to purchase the forge of Thomas Harrow in Carnoustie who had only bought the forge from J & D.Crighton during the previous year. Crighton had an excellent reputation for quality iron heads so Cochrane was taking over a good business. The business rapidly grew enjoying sales to both home and abroad. They used three cleek marks, the first being their famous ‘Knight’ trade mark registered in 1910, followed by the ‘Bowline Knot’ introduced in the 1920’s and a monogram showing the letter C with JP placed within the C.
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.