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Robert Forgan Golf Club Iron, St Andrews

£ 160

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Reference
16843
Height
99.5 cm (39 1/4")
Vintage Hickory Shafted Forgan Golf Club, Iron.
An early large head, smooth face golf club, iron. The metal club head has a nice patina with the size of the club face being 3 1/2 inches long,1 inch deep in the heel and 1 5/8 inches deep in the toe. The original hickory shaft and head stamped 'R. Forgan & Son, St Andrews'. The handle is not original but is a nice suede grip with string whipping.
C. 1890

Robert Forgan became clubmaker to HRH Prince of Wales in 1863 and used the prince's plume of three feathers as his mark until 1901, when upon the Prince became King Edward his mark changed to the 'King's Crown'.
Robert Forgan is one of the most famous club makers, and started working for his uncle Hugh Philp in 1852. Philp was renowned as one of the best wooden club makers around. When Philp died in 1856 Forgan took over the business. Many of the other great club makers such as Auchterlonie and Anderson learned their trade with Forgan before setting up on their own.
Forgan's youngest son, Thomas, joined the clubmaking business in 1881 when it was renamed 'R. Forgan and Son'. The firm was the largest producer of golf clubs in the 1890's and in 1920 it became a Limited company. Forgan's was for a time under the control of Spalding until the 1960's. Spalding was a large American business making golf clubs in the States in the mid 1890's and in Britain shortly thereafter.
Height
99.5 cm (39 1/4")
Condition
Collectable
Year
Circa 1890's
Period
1850-1899
Medium
Hickory
Country
Scotland