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Feather Ball Period Track Iron

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Smlrutiron   Small Rusty Head   Mid 19thcent   Face
smlrutiron - small rusty head - mid-19thcent - face
smlrutiron - small rusty head - mid-19thcent - heal
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With it's small head and very heavy club construction this appears to be the work of a Blacksmith Clubmaker.  This club has no visible markings.  This club's hosel measures 5.25 inches and has a diameter at the pin of 2.625 inches (very heavy and think construction). The hosel maintains a very thick diameter through the entire hosel down to the head (not much taper), and the top (sight-line) edge is also of very thick weight (1.5mm where the head meets the hosel); further indicates an early track iron from pre gutta percha era. When a broken shaft was removed from the hosel, the repairman had to trim away the nicking in order to remove the shaft, this tradition was carried on throughout the feather ball era even after, adding a pin was common practice, the club's shaft and pin are not from original make. Examples of late 18th Century-early nineteenth Century irons touted by owners and auctioneers are comparable.

This is an exceptional example and it has a minimal number of face and hosel rock dings.  A worthy example for the most advanced collection. A track/rut irons of similar age are estimated at £3,000-10000 and are not commonly found in the marketplace.

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