A PUTTER IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEM IN YOUR BAG – the only club (good fortune aside) that is essential on every hole. Whatever improved performance is claimed through ‘new technology’ putting is the exception. It is all in the eye and the mind….. confidence in yourself and your putter.  Experience enhanced response and feel with a vintage hickory putter …. and no need to abandon your modern clubs to accommodate one in your bag.  Look forward to both improved performance and added enjoyment on the green – at the very least, you will be holding a part of golfing history that will only appreciate in value.


We think, like most things vintage, that old putters are at their best when in as original condition as practical, and not over-renovated, other than a degree of cleaning and replacement grips if necessary.

Most of our putters will date from 1890s to early 1920s, and the heads will typically be stamped with a cleek mark and other identifying detail relating to the clubmaker, supplier, professional and club.

We offer a varied range of interesting and playable vintage hickory clubs at particularly realistic prices.

From 1890’s, although there were still some wooden headed putters produced, the vast majority were forged or aluminium alloy.

The early iron heads were produced by general blacksmiths, and with the growing popularity of golf in Scotland, some turned their hand to simply producing golf heads – they became known as cleekmakers. Many cleekmakers created their own cleek mark, such as a hand (George Nicoll of Leven) or a star (William Gibson, Kinghorn), and in the absence a name, these are often the only identification.  The forged head will generally include other information, such as the model name, club-maker,  and golf club at which he was based. Many of our putters originate from such famous clubs as Carnoustie, North Berwick, Prestwick and St. Andrews.

There were several producers of aluminium headed clubs, particularly putters, but by far the most well-known is the Standard Golf Co. of Sunderland. Founded by William Mills in the early 1890’s, the company soon received patent and were producing long-nose putters before the turn of the century. Earlier clubs were generally stamped with both the company name and Mills, although following James Braid’s many successes with the putter, an association was formed and Mills became Braid Mills. The long-nose putter was followed by a variety of models, particularly variations of the very popular mallet-style head.


All our clubs are considered to be in fully playable condition, despite most being over a century old! We have retained original/early grips wherever possible, which will inevitably show signs of age-related wear, or replaced them if necessary. Heads have been cleaned as required – please refer to the images. If you have any queries relating to a particular club, kindly email us john@hickoryclubs.co.uk and we will respond.

Winton Flanged Sole Staight Blade (e1912)
Diamond cleek mark – Winton of Montrose. W. Vardon, Weybridge. Hand forged Special 45.
Original shaft – 34”.
Older suede grip (wear).

James Watt Round Back Gem (e1910)
James Watt, North Berwick.
Warrented hand forged/Special.
Original shaft – 33”
Good original/early leather grip.

Braid-Mills Aluminium Mallet (e1915)
Standard Golf Co. Sunderland.
Medium Lie – 10oz 4 drs.
Original shaft – 35”
Good original/early leather grip.

Willie Park Offset Wry-Neck (e1900)
William Park Jnr, Musselburgh. Patent 1894.
Smooth face -markings feint.
Original shaft - Wm Part Stamp
Recent replacement leather grip.

Anderson & Sons ‘Diamond’ Wry-Neck (e1910)
Anderson & Sons, St Andrews.
Diamond back – Warrented hand forged.
Original shaft – 33”
Good original/early grip.

Forgan Round-back Gem (e1910)
R. Forgan & Sons, St Andrews.
‘Scotia’ 100 putter.
Original shaft – R. Forgan stamp – 34”
Good early replacement grip.

Mills Polished Aluminium Longnose – ‘L’ Model (e1908)
Standard Golf Co., Sunderland.
Medium lie – 9oz 8drm.
Original shaft with stymie markings – 35”
Original grip (wear)

W. Anderson Rustless Straight Blace (e1920)
Crown cleek mark – W. Anderson Special. L.
Warrented hand forged in Great Britain.
Original shaft –
Good original/early leather grip.

Spalding Long Blade/Shallow Face (e1910)
Anvil cleek mark – A.G. Spalding – hand forged.
E.C. Roberts, Home Park, Surbiton.
Original shaft – 36”
Good original/early leather grip (some wear).

Braid-Mills Aluminium Mallet (e1915)
Standard Golf Co., Sunderland.
Upright lie – 9oz 14drs.
Original shaft – Auchterlonie Stamp –
Old replacement suede grip (some wear)

A.H. Scott Concentric Back Gem (e1905)

Prince of Wales feathers cleek mark – A.H. Scott, Elie.
Smooth face – warrented hand forged.
Original shaft – A.H. Scott stamp –
Original/early suede grip (some wear)

Nicoll Whippet Straight Blade (e1910)
Hand cleek mark – G. Nicholl of Leven. Prestwick – warrented hand forged.
Original shaft – 34”
New leather grip.

Tom Stewart Wry-neck (e1910)
Pipe cleek mark – Tom Stewart, St Andrews.
D. Adams, Glasgow – Accurate/arrow mark.
Original shaft – Adams stamp – 34”
Good original/early grip.

Anderson, Edinburgh – early Brass Blade (e1895)

Anderson & Sons, Prices St, Edinburgh.
Smooth face, heavy brass blade.
Original/early shaft – 32.75”
Good early replacement grip.

Simpson, Carnoustie Straight Blade (e1910)
Anchor cleek mark – R. Simpon, Carnoustie.
Warrented hand forged.
Original shaft – feint stamp – 35”
Old replacement grip.

Gibson Wry-neck (e1908)
Star cleek mark – William Gibson, Kinghorn.
James Nelson, Peebles G.C.
Original shaft –
Older suede grip (some wear)