Hugh Philp: A middle spoon, circa 1840's

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Lot 213
Hugh Philp: A middle spoon, circa 1840's

Sold for £ 4,750 (US$ 5,917) inc. premium

The Sporting Sale

23 May 2017, 11:00 BST

Edinburgh

Hugh Philp: A middle spoon, circa 1840's
With blond stained thorn clubhead, with splayed toe and slightly hooked face, there are four pegs retaining the horn, one small piece is a replacement, near lead backweight, original leather grip over under-listing and with old crisscross twine indentation.
Length 40in, club head 5in, face depth ⅞in, across crown 1⅞in.

Footnotes

  • Hugh Philp (1782-1856) was born at Cameron in Fife. He learned his trade as a joiner and carpenter in St. Andrews. With no club makers in the area golfers began to take their broken clubs to Philp on Argyle Street for repair. Within a few years he had mastered the art of club making. In 1819 the Society of St Andrews Golfers, appointed Allan Robertson as a ball-maker and Hugh Philp as its club-maker. Philp moved his shop to be near the links. Using thorn, apple and pear woods for heads and ash for the shafts, Philp mastered his craft. The Clubmaker's Art page 55:'Today Hugh Philp's legacy continues unabated. He is considered the premier long nose club maker. He set the standard by which the work of other club makers is measured. Decent examples of his clubs are cherished.' Philp long nose clubs are fine and delicate with long narrow faces and were used primarily during the feather golf ball era. St. Andrews golfers dubbed him "the Chippendale of club making." He was also described as being 'the Stradivarius of Golf'. Philp was meticulous and his skill was never surpassed. Forgan took over the company in 1852 and Philp aged 74 died four years later.
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Hugh Philp: A middle spoon, circa 1840's
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