The McEwans were one of the most famous (and prolific) club makers of their day. Offered here is one of the earliest and finest McEwan club you will ever see. In his acclaimed book The Oldest Clubs (1650-1850), Bob Gowland devotes an entire chapter to "first period" long nose woods produced by McEwan, of which the offered club is a prime example. These early woods date to the feather ball era and are identified by the irregular spacing in the "McEwan" crown stamp. The offered spoon exhibits this first period McEwan stamp and displays an extremely elegant and refined head shape which rivals the very best work of the legendary Hugh Philp.
According to Bob Gowland in The Oldest Clubs (1650-1850), "there are probably some two, perhaps even three, dozen such first period McEwan clubs extant."
From a condition standpoint, this club, with its blonde head, is a beauty. It has been reshafted at some point and contains a shaft stamp from a later era. On the sole, the ram's horn shows an ancient repair with a small nail.