Vintage Hickory Golf Club, Aluminium Putter.
A good example of an aluminium putter by the Imperial Golf Co., Sunderland. This club is very similar to a Braid Mills putter made by the Standard Golf Co., also of Sunderland. The top of the head is stamped 'Imperial Golf Co. Sunderland', whilst the underside is stamped 'Special X Putter, Upright'. The club is in good usable condition, the aluminium club head is with hickory shaft and polished leather grip.
The most famous maker of aluminium club heads was William Mills of Sunderland, England. 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. They produced two basic types of aluminium putters, the long nose style and the mallet head. The putters all came in different weights and lies and although the long nose style putters were the first models made it was ultimately the mallet head putters that became the most popular. Mills continued to offer mallet putters well into the 1920s, long after the long nose style putters went out of production.