Offered here is a rare Lard Patent "Whistler" Driving Iron. This is one of the very first steel shafted irons sold in America, and was covered under inventor Allan Lard's patents from 1914 - 1916. Spalding was one of a few companies to offer the Lard shaft, with their 1918 catalog heralding it as "the club of the future" and "a successful substitute for the fast disappearing, fine second growth hickory which can no longer be had in sufficient quantities to meet the demands for perfect wood shafts." The Lard shaft was made from a solid piece of steel that was bored out and milled to form 6 sides, then drilled with hundreds of small holes in order to reduce the weight. When swung under certain conditions, these holes caused the club to "whistle" - hence the "Whistler" nickname.
This example is in wonderful original condition and shows minimal use. The head is boldly stamped with the maker markings and patent numbers. A visually stunning item that is a cornerstone of any serious collection of antique clubs or golf history. 40".