Antique Scared Head Putter, Willie Park.
A very good long nose putter in great original condition by William Park of Musselburgh. The golf club has a lead weight to the rear, traditional horn slip along the leading edge of the sole (engraved BRAND’S), the stained polished beech wood head stamped ‘Wm. Park’ and has the original hickory shaft with a sheep skin leather grip. This is a very nice example of a scared head golf club from the 1890’s and has been used as a prize in the 1960’s, Musselburgh Putter. It has been fitted with two white metal collars and disks (originally eight, only four remain) with the names of the annual winners of the ‘Musselburgh Putter’. The winners discs are Bruntons 1960 (possibly Bruntons of Musselburgh, wire and wire rope manufacturers), N.C.B. S.N Area 1965, N.C.B. S.N Area 1966 & N.C.B. S.N Area 1967.
Approximate head size:-
a = 6.8cm
b = 3.3cm
c = 4.8cm
The early clubs are made with long slender shallow-faced heads with an ash or hickory shaft glued to the head by means of a splice or scare joint. This joint is then further strengthened by whipping with a pitched thread. All beautifully hand made by craftsmen of the time.