This club has a mussel back and a Scored Line face pattern and is marked with the old mark “pipe” of Tom Stewart of St Andrews stamped Special and signed H.C.Kirch also a ”L” for Ladies. Research tells us that the mark of Tom Stewart was used between 1893-1905. Tom Stewart Jr. opened his cleekworks in Argyle Street St Andrews in 1893. He learned his trade as a blacksmith with his father in Carnoustie, where “cleeks” were sometimes made. (George Morris, older brother of Tom was a client of renown.)
In 1890 Stewart went to work in St Andrews with the well-known clubmaker Robert White and in 1893 started business for himself using the famous pipe brand cleekmark previously used by his father in Carnoustie. The cleeks found favour with many famous golfers, including US Open winner Francis Ouimet and Grand Slam winner Robert T. Jones Jr.
Over the years, millions of pipe brand clubs have been produced. As the official owner of the pipe brand and Tom Stewart Company, St Andrews Golf Company continues to hand produce authentic clubs using the same molds and materials as the originals.
Tom Stewart of St Andrews, Jr (1861-1931) learned clubmaking from his father and also from Robert White. Their firm is one of the better known of the early clubmakers and their output of clubs over the years reached into the millions. His earliest mark was the “pipe” to which was added in 1905, the phrase “T.S.St. A. REG. TRADEMARK.” Stewart also used the “serpent” mark to designate ladies or juvenile clubs between 1895 and 1905. This Club is in good playable condition with a new Grip and Wax coated thread use for the whipping then finished with Shellac to protect it from any bag damage that may occur. Please note: All our Clubs have been fully restored by a professional restorer of Hickory Golf Clubs; it/they may arrive with a Tarnish Guard to protect it from the damp air which will allow it to rust, and should be replaced after cleaning.
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