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Gibson Customized Mashie for Burlingame

Smlsmooth Faced Iron Custom Hosel Drilled   Heal And Face
smlsmooth faced iron custom hosel drilled - heal and face
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Sales price: $200.00


Any idea when customized swing weights first appeared in equipment manufacturing? Well, this is certainly an early example of lightening a club, hosel holes flanged mashieperhaps similar to the example below it was for an elder gentleman or women member of Burlingame Country Club.  In fact, this is stamped AWB, any Burlingame aficionados know if this could tie to Anson Burlingame (1820-1870) family (Burlingame CC founded 1893)? Or, maybe AWB Vincent, connected to Burlingame (Brigadier-General Sir Berkeley Vincent)?  Note, has hand punched dot-patterns on the face, dates prior to scored production.

I found a something similar to this Gibson produced club (shown below):


reilly model



About William Gibson & Company:
William Gibson was born in 1868 and began his working career as a blacksmith’s apprentice working for James Anderson in Anstruther during the late 1880’s. However in 1897 he started his own becoming a principle partner of the firm Stirling and Gibson based in Edinburgh. When Stirling passed away in 1899 he changed the company name to Wm Gibson & Co and from thereon the company grew to beco

me the largest club making business in the world with a

ll his products easily recognizable by the famous 5 pointed Star cleek mark.

He moved the business to Kinghorn, Fife in 1903 having opened a large factory in order to cope with the expanding business. Initially he kept to only producing cleeks but by 1905 he had launched into full club making producing both irons and woods sporting the star cleek mark. One o

reilly mashie gibson star example

f his most popular clubs and largest sellers for a number of years was the Hugh Logan patent iron called the Genii model. This club could be customized to suit most players requirements. His other very successful iron was the Star Maxwell which had been patented by Robert Maxwell. These clubs are easily recognizable by the holes in the hosel designed for weight reduction. Most of these irons were produced using stainless steel from around 1910 onwards.

His huge success was due to him being very broad minded regarding club production and new design ideas which lead him to produce many different ranges at various price levels in order to attract sales. He died in 1921 leaving his son Geor

ge to continue running the business.

Please note : It is always advisable to use a ‘soft feel’ ball when playing with hick

ory golf clubs in order to prevent damaging the heads of the clubs. Hard balls can cause cracks to the faces of woods and put unnecessary pressure on the socket joint and can cause an iron head/hosel to become loose from the wooden shaft.

We offer a soft feel replica mesh ball on this site (see the Victor ball), or please consult your professional who should either suggest using a ‘ladies’ golf ball or soft feel balls produced by various well known makers.

Also should your clubs become wet during play please ensure that you thoroughly clean and dry the heads when arriving home. Applying a thin coat of ‘gun oil’ to the iron heads helps protect against rust forming.


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