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Lot 22: A LONG-NOSED SCRAPER (LONG SPOON), 18TH CENTURY

Sotheby's

September 27, 2007
New York, NY, US

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Description

Scotland, 18th century Apple head with ram's horn insert to bottom of sole below face Markedly hooked head Very faint evidence of a stamp, possibly that of a maker Three lead weight plugs in sole Further lead back weight protruding out well beyond the back of the head Wood shaft of unidentified wood with listing grip sewn closed at top Overall excellent condition with small knots in the top of the wood head. Head given a coat of shellac around 20 years ago.

Dimensions

head: 6 in. (15 cm); 2 1/8 in wide (5.5 cm); face depth 1 1/16 in (2.7 cm); length: 43 in (109 cm)

Literature

TGC p. 21; TCA p. 42; TCA 2 Vol. 1 p. 40

Notes

In 1790, Hoyle recounts the names given to three different types of long nose clubs: "the common club, used when the ball lies on good ground; the scraper or half-scraper, when in long grass; the spoon, when in a hollow." As early Scottish links courses were tended most by its resident sheep, the rough was truly that. Golfers needed a heavy and hearty club. Therefore, the scraper was designed with a good load of lead and a fair amount of loft for effective use in high grass and tough rough, much like today's rescue clubs. With a 43 inch shaft, this scraper was the same length as many 19th century play clubs (drivers). From the 1700's, this scraper features a combination of characteristics not found in 1800's clubs. The head is exceptionally long, has an elegant bend at the neck and is heavily curved with most of the loft at the heel of the face. On the top of the head, knots are visible in the light area of the wood (the wood was so dense that it was unable to absorb the stain). The base of the shaft is cut straight across and its edge is unbeveled. The top of the head, which has curved lettering too faint to read, rounds down to meet it. The lead weight bulges out from the back of the head and there are three more round lead plugs or "buttons" inserted into the sole. The original whipping consists of thick twine; the listing grip is sewn closed at the top. This club was made for a serious golfer, surely well-to-do. For a club of its age, it is in exceptional condition. A very early, rare and special club. Please see group photo on page 193 for an additional photo of this scraper.

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