An extremely rare iron headed putter  circa 1780

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Lot 48
An extremely rare iron headed putter
circa 1780

Sold for £ 62,500 (US$ 82,101) inc. premium
An extremely rare iron headed putter
circa 1780
With plain face, a 6 inch well-knurled hosel and suede grip.
87.7 cm (34½ in) in length; weighs 1¾ lb. and the face measures 6.4 x 3.7 cm (2½ x 1½ in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    The Royal Blackheath Golf Club

    This putter from the collection of the Royal Blackheath Golf Club is thought by the Club to be the one illustrated in Lemuel Francis Abbott's portrait of Henry Callender: it is shown resting against the stone column in the painting offered as the previous lot in this sale (see detail, fig. 1).

    This forged metal headed putter is one of only a few known to have existed at the turn of the 18th Century; traditionally the putter in the feather ball era had a long nosed wooden head. This Royal Blackheath putter is similar in shape and age to the late 18th /early 19th century 'Royal Perth' putter (Sale, The Royal Perth Golfing Society, Christie's, 7 July 1998, lot 80 from The Jaime Ortiz-Patino Collection, sold for £106,000; Christie's, 30 May 2012, lot 26, sold for £55,000). Other surviving late 18th century metal headed putters include The Royal Musselburgh iron putter and The Los Angeles Country Club iron putter with a 14.7 cm (5¾ in) length hosel, both clubs dating to 1800.
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An extremely rare iron headed putter  circa 1780
An extremely rare iron headed putter  circa 1780
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