William Lowe: a patented hosel-blade putter circa 1894
With a smooth face and sharp nicking to hosel, with indistinct lettering to the back of the iron, 'Wm Lowe Buxton Patent', good hickory shaft and grip.
William Lowe was born in Carnoustie in 1862; he became the professional at Buxton and High Peak Golf Club in 1890 and served there until his death in 1915. Lowe designed a putter with a hosel that extended across the back of the blade which was positioned well away from the neck. It was a clean, simple and visually strong design. Compare with lot 496 Sotheby's 'The Jeffery B. Ellis Collection' 27 & 28 September 2007, "There is only one other example known..."