We have the extreme pleasure of bringing to market for the very first time this Round Headed Heavy Iron or early Track Iron. Our consignor purchased this club in approximately 1967, where it has remained ever since. The world of antique golf clubs is a small one, but we'd venture to say that few have seen this club before today.
Thirty years ago, in 1988, our consignor did contact the USGA to show them this club (and the sand iron offered in the previous lot). Included with this club is a 1988 letter from the USGA Museum Committee (from well-known golf historian Bob Hansen) thanking him for the opportunity to see the clubs. We showed photos to Bob Hansen again recently, who fondly recalled these historic golf relics.
Early golf irons are among the most cherished pieces of golf memorabilia, and the offered club is an exceptional early example.
According to Bob Hansen, this early iron dates to approximately 1800-1810. A scant few authentic irons from this era still exist, and almost all are in museums, historic golf clubs/societies, or tucked away in the world's top collections.
This early round headed iron is 38" long. 4.75" hosel. Head is 2.5" from toe to heel. The height of the head is 2.35".