Antique Hickory Golf Club, Mills Putter.
A good example of the very popular aluminium Braid Mills putter by the Standard Golf Co. The top of the head is stamped 'STANDARD GOLF Co., MILLS, 92274, PATENT, SUNDERLAND', whilst the bottom is stamped 'The MILLS, SB MODEL, Medium Lie, 10 ozs 0 drs'. The club is in excellent original condition with hickory shaft and leather grip.
William Mills of Sunderland, England, was the most prolific designer and manufacturer of early aluminium head golf clubs and his company produced more aluminium putters than any other club maker during the wooden shafted era. He created The Standard Golf Company (William Mills, Limited), a division of The Atlas Works, to produce his clubs, commonly referred to as 'Mills' clubs. While his metalwoods were eventually accepted by many golfers, it was his putters that were the most popular. Mills began experimenting with the construction of aluminium clubheads as early as 1892.