Circa 1897 Rake Iron. Unusual rake iron, circa 1897, with seven tines, each decorate in a scrolling fern design. Rake irons are among the most unusual and desirable of the patent clubs. Invented by James R. Brown, a blacksmith, the idea behind the club was to help golfers extricate their ball from bad lies such as sand, deep rough or puddles. Very good condition with whipping on the lower portion of the shaft probably covering a crack.