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2 UK Golf Clubs Sunningdale Hickory Driver Mashie Niblic  1920

2 UK Golf Clubs Sunningdale Hickory Driver Mashie Niblic 1920

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Directory: Antiques: Instruments and Implements: Sports: Pre 1910: Item # 1440229

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Offered are 3 vintage United Kingdom Golf Clubs made by Sunningdale. This nice group consists of a driver (Play Club), a putter and a Mashie Niblick. Each club sports their original dark leather grips and hickory wood shafts with old finish. The condition of each club is fairly good and rate at a #6 category out of 10. They all exhibit honorable wear, a lovely patina and are in usable condition.

The Play Club (wood driver) has modest finish loss, a small black colored sole plate(? material), and a lead weight in the back. Measures 42.5 inches from tip of grip to heel. A slight bend is noted from front to back of the shaft. The shaft is marked SUNNINGDALE on the top. An ancient unobtrusive irregular tiny piece of wood is missing from just below the letter "D" on the crown.

The first iron is stamped "Mashie Niblick", "Hand Forged", "SPECIAL" and "SUNNINGDALE" on the back. There is a small leading edge ding on the front left and is otherwise in good playable condition. Measures 36 inches from the heel to end of grip and sports an almost straight shaft.

The second iron, the putter (IS SOLD) sorry! It measures 33.5 inches exhibiting a nice patina on the metal. The markings on the back are the same as the Mashie Niblick except for the word "PUTTER". The shaft has an excessive-appearing bend to it which was either due to warping or was done intentionally. The clubs date to the 1910-1920 era.

Some notes: During the 1920s a number of innovations took place including the intentional excessive bending of the putter shaft. This feature improved the position of blade and its alignment with the green. Many golfers would intentionally bend their own clubs to mimic the new technology. I believe that this club was most likely a product of intentional bending by the owner.