An exceptionally nice rustless mashie niblick restored for play. The swing weight is C7 and the length is 36” (91cm).
The head is clearly shows the signature Tom Morris used for the ‘Autograph’ irons with the head supplied by Brodie & Sons. Their upside down triangle cleekmark is stamped at the heel end with the The Tom Morris face cleekmark shown at the toe end. Other stamps show Mashie Niblick, Rustless Iron, Warranted Hand Forged Scotland, Special.
The head is very clean having been polished and the bottom edge re cut to remove old stone dint marks. The face is stamped with a line-scored pattern. This is truly a superb iron.
The straight shaft has been fitted with a new light tan hide grip whipped with black waxed linen thread.
Tom Morris, born 1821, the first icon of golf was not only an Open Champion winning four out of the first eight tournaments held, he was also a revered club maker, a Club professional at Prestwick in 1851 and later at St Andrews where he was also the green keeper with the 18th fairway later being named in his honour. We can also thank ‘Old Tom’ for designing many of the famous links courses spread throughout England and Scotland and he was named as the first honorary professional to the Royal & Ancient Golf Club.
He was also a golf ball maker serving his apprenticeship under the watchful eye of Allan Robertson who was also one of the first players to gain superstar status and they often played together as a doubles partnership. However after having a disagreement in 1851 over the introduction of the Gutty ball, Tom moved to Prestwick where he became the professional and it was during this time that he started to produce his first golf clubs. Upon returning to St Andrews around 1864 he started to take up club making more seriously and by 1870 he had opened his now famous shop situated alongside the 18th fairway of the Old Course employing three or more workers. The premises had previously been used by Robert Forgan before he moved his business nearer to the 18th green.
Tom Morris was a stalwart of the old style wooden clubs and continued to produce scare head clubs even after the introduction of the Socket head although eventually he offered both styles in order to please the modern players. He also kept producing the long nose style wooden putters in the 20th century in order to keep this style alive and nowadays collectors scramble to buy these clubs. After his death at the ripe old age of 87 in 1908 the firm continued in business and introduced the ‘Autograph’ range of woods and irons bearing his name, plus the irons have a cleek mark showing the face of Tom Morris.
One of his friends was young Tom Stewart the cleekmaker who Morris helped by both selling and using his iron heads bearing the now famous pipe cleekmark.
Robert Brodie & Sons (Anstruther)
R. Brodie & Sons owned a small forge business in Anstruther near to St. Andrews which was founded c.1894. They sold iron heads to club makers, one being the Tom Morris workshop who bought heads to be used for their Autograph range. They did not produce clubs but had some made by club makers who they supplied and stamped the head with their name and cleekmark showing an inverted triangle with the initials B S & A. which they introduced in 1920. They continued to produce iron heads into the 1950’s when eventually the business was bought by Tom Auchterlonie of St. Andrews in 1955.
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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.