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Golf Club, Gibson Driver, Danga Wood.
A good persimmon wood Driver by Gibsons of Kinghorn, Fife. The club has a Danga Wood shaft with a polished leather grip. The head is marked 'Gibsons of Kinghorn, with R. H. de Montmorency autograph'. There is a lead weight to the rear, horn sole insert and a partial brass sole plate and is stained dark with a pale alignment line, a great club in good playable condition with an approximate 12° loft.
R.H. de Montmorency (Reychard Hervey de Montmorency) was President of Datchet Golf Club from 1921 to 1929. 'Monty' is arguably the finest amateur golfer England has ever produced. Playing off a handicap of plus-6 he was an England international for nearly 30 years. 
Monty captained the first England representative side to travel to the USA to take on the Americans in what became the Walker Cup. Remarkably, Datchet Golf Club provided two of the nine England representatives in that match, the other being Percy de Paravacini's son Freddie.

This club will make a great modern hickory play club, present or collector's item and can be supplied with a certificate of authenticity. If you are wishing to play some hickory golf the best balls to play with are low compression balls that will give at impact, such as ladies balls or soft feel balls.

William Gibson was born in Kirkcaldy in 1868 and originally worked as a blacksmith. He apprenticed with James Anderson, Anstruther, during the late 1880's and by 1897 was part of the small firm of Stirling and Gibson based in Edinburgh. Upon his partners death in 1899 the firm's name changed to William Gibson & Co, moving to Kinghorn, Fife, in 1903. Initially he kept to only producing cleeks but by 1905 he had launched into full club making production, both irons and woods, with the clubs sporting the famous 'star' cleek mark. Gibson registered his 'outline star' cleek mark in 1906, although he had been using it since he began his business. In 1906 Gibson started to produce what would become one of his most popular clubs and largest sellers the 'Genii' model. The clubs were revolutionary and were patented by Hugh Logan, with their offset head and goose neck hosel, they could be customised to suit most players requirements. Gibson's other successful line was the easily recognisable 'Star Maxwell' irons with their drilled hosels and flanged soles based on the patented design by Robert Maxwell. The business kept expanding and Gibson was acknowledged as one of the world's largest producer of golf clubs. His huge success was due to him being very open minded regarding club production and new designs, leading him to produce several economy brands as well as his top brands. He died in 1921 leaving his son George to continue running the business, though eventually going into voluntary liquidation on 1st July 1955. 

Adapted from Datchet Golf Club Website:-

DATCHET is one of the oldest golf clubs in Berks and golf had been played on Datchet Mead for many years before the club's formation, but in 1890 the club was officially constituted. Datchet was an interesting choice as a site for the gentlemanly pursuit of golf. For many years the town was known as 'Black Datchet' due to the large number of bad characters who lived there. In fact a whole wing at Aylesbury County Gaol was referred to as the 'Datchet Wing' as it was filled almost entirely with residents of the town. In the early years the club had a very strong association with Eton College. Many of the club's founding members were either Masters or alumnii and, given that institutions fine sporting tradition, many Datchet members excelled at other sporting pursuits besides golf.

H 107.5 cm
H 42¼"

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