An Oke style putter with a 7½ inch thin square hosel circa 1920s
Lot 119
An Oke style putter with a 7½ inch thin square hosel circa 1920s
Sold for £137 (US$ 222) inc. premium

Lot Details
An Oke style putter with a 7½ inch thin square hosel circa 1920s
With a 4½ inch long blade, the head stamped 'LB', 'Saville' and '78 Jermyn Street London SW' with a square wooden shaft and grip. Once the property of King Edward VIII. Although there are no patent markings on the putter, it is thought that its design was based on Albert Whiting's 1920s patent which in turn was based on William Oke's patent (No. 176,999) dated 4 February 1921.

Footnotes

  • The longer than standard blade was supposed to make it easier to line up. By having a long thin 7½ inch hosel, the putter weighed the same as an ordinary one but positioned more weight in the blade. Oke's patent stated that in order to perform well in the 'delicate operation' of putting the golfer mustn't be distracted. Consequently the exceptionally long round hosel placed the top of the neck joint well away from the putter blade and this placed the lower end of the shaft outside the of the player's 'fairly limited field of vision' and therefore would not 'serve to distract the player's eye or his attention!

    Albert Whiting who was the professional at the Folkestone Golf Club in the 1920s patented a rustless putter with a 'square' 7 inch hosel and a 'square' shaft; these are the exact same characteristics of this putter.

    The intertwining LB, the letters 'Saville' and the address '78 Jermyn Street London SW' it is thought refer to a gentleman's outfitters rather than a golf or sport's shop.

    The putter was a gift from Edward to David Storrier his personal bodyguard and comes with a copy of a letter from and signed by Edward sending his condolences to the family when David Storrier died in 1969.
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