A beautiful example of this rare putter having been sympathetically restored can now be used for either display or play. The length is 33.25” (84cm).
The head is stamped with the model name ‘Sink-Em 490’ with the patent date 21 October 1919 shown in-between. The makers name is stamped to the shaft below the original grip.
The mid brown attractive head is in beautiful condition having a fitted aluminium face plate stamped with a cross-hatch pattern and a large brass back weight.
The head measurements are:
3.75” (9.5cm) from toe to heel through the centre of the face.
The width across the centre of the head is 1.75” (4cm).
The face depth is 1” (2.5cm).
The straight shaft retains the original dark reddy-brown leather grip.with black waxed linen thread.
MacGregor, Dayton, Ohio, USA.
Their full title is Crawford MacGregor and Canby Co. The company was originally founded in 1829 by two brothers, Archibald and Ziba Crawford to make lathe-turned products such as shoe lasts. In 1875 two investors became involved, John MacGregor from Scotland and Edward Canby when the company was re named. It was around 1895 that the renowned Scottish club maker Robert White visited the company and suggested that they used their lathes to produce wooden golf club heads. In 1896-97 they started production and exported most of the heads to Scotland. Willie Dunn, the famous Scottish golfer joined the company as manager of the golf dept and during his short stay he really helped the company to become well established in the golfing market. In 1908 they re equipped with modern day golf club machinery and soon began to produce volume lines. The company eventually became one of the leading club makers in the USA producing many different models to include woods, irons and putters. They offered both high quality clubs and competitively priced models for the ever expanding American and overseas golf markets. They were one of the first manufacturers to produce iron sets around the mid 1920’s. However by 1933 they had turned their attention to producing steel shafted clubs and it is said that they used over 300,000 hickory shafts to help stoke up the boiler which was used for steel shaft production. Criminal!
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.