A fine example of an early 1890’s smooth face cleek produced by William Wilson who was a blacksmith and early maker of iron heads based in St. Andrews. In original condition, this iron would be a wonderful addition to a collectors portfolio. The swing weight is D1 and the length is 38” (97cm).
William Wilson (known as Willie) began making Cleeks, Lofters, general irons, Mashies, Niblicks and various putters around 1870 and gained a good reputation for producing quality items. His name is shown within the St. Andrews cleekmark which he started to use during the early 1890’s. The initials JE are also stamped at the heel end, presumably belonging to the original owner. In 1895 he produced an advert stating that he had been a ‘cleek and iron maker for over a quarter of a century’. Harold Hilton who was an amateur champion golfer winning the Open Championship in 1892 and 1897 once said ‘I can remember the time when a iron made by Wilson of St. Andrews was considered a pearl beyond price’.
The head has been lightly cleaned to reveal the stamps. The length from toe to heel is 3.75” (9.50cm) along the rear of the head and the depth of the face is nearly 1.50” (4cm) at the toe end reducing to 1” (2.50cm) at the heel end. The hosel is 2.75” (7cm) in length with uneven knurling around the top. The sole is 3/8” wide.
The original leather grip over thick under-listing is a very attractive feature. The shaft remains straight and is stamped just below the grip. The wording is only partially visible so cannot be identified.
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.
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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.