Tennis Rackets For Sale   (Click on any photo to enlarge.)

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THIS ENTIRE GROUP OF TENNIS ITEMS IS FOR SALE AT VERY REDUCED PRICES. PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL ME FOR DETAILS. BUT PLEASE READ THIS PARAGRAPH AS WELL. Here are examples of great old Tennis Rackets that have been sold on this website. Harry Lee/Vincent Richards/The Bat--Slazenger/Lyceum/Flat Top--D&M/Princess/Bulbous--Spalding/Woven Wood/Open+Spline--Dayton--D&M/Aristocrat/Dog Logo--Peck&Snyder/Beeckman/Trans Flat--Slazenger/Doherty/Stamped-- W&D/R.Sears/Convex--Stix Baer & Fuller/Convex--ISG/Cravens/Ajustertite--Picture (Photo Decal)-- Current offerings appear below. SCROLL DOWN FOR BOOKS, RACKETS, AND OTHER.

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TBk01

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TENNIS BOOK 1: METHODS and PLAYERS of MODERN LAWN TENNIS by J. Parmly Paret. 1922, 2nd Edition, 399 pages with photos, good condition. Photos upon request

Price: $295

 

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TBk02

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TENNIS BOOK 2: THE ART OF LAWN TENNIS by William T. Tilden 2nd, 1921, 1st Edition, 175 pages with 30 photos, very good condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $50

 

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TBk03

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TENNIS BOOK 3: TENNIS AS I PLAY IT by Maurice E. McLoughlin, 1915, 1st Edition, 347 pages, many photos, good condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $135

 

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TBk04

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TENNIS BOOK 4: FIFTY YEARS OF LAWN TENNIS in the UNITED STATES, by the United States Lawn Tennis Association, 1931, 1st Edition, 256 pages, many photos, very good condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $160

 

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TBk05

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TENNIS BOOK 5: TENNIS by Helen Wills, 1929, 1st Edition, 214 pages, illustrations, very good condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $145

 

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TBk06

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TENNIS BOOK 6: POWER TENNIS by Maureen Connolly, 1954, 1st Edition, 85 pages, many photos, very good condition.

Price: $20

 

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TBk07

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TENNIS BOOK 7: LAWN TENNIS THE AUSTRALIAN WAY, edited by Jack Pollard, 1973, larger version of TB8, 128 pages, many photos, dust cover, excellent condition. Photos upon rquest.

Price: $25

 

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TBk08

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TENNIS BOOK 8: LAWN TENNIS THE AUSTRALIAN WAY, edited by Jack Pollard, 1st Edition, 1963, smaller (original) edition than TB7, approx. 128 pages, dust cover, very good condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $25

 

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TBk09

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TENNIS BOOK 9: TENNIS by Pancho Gonzales, 1962 1st Edition, 123 pages, INCLUDES A 10 PAGE BOOKLET on the most common mistates, many photos, dust cover, excellent condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $20

 

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TBk10

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TENNIS BOOK 10: LOVE AND FAULTS--Personalities Who Have Changed the History of Tennis in My Life, by Ted Tinling, 1979 1st Edition, 314 pages, some photos, dust cover, excellent condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $50

 

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TBk11

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TENNIS BOOK 11: THE INNER GAME OF TENNIS (the mental side) by W. Timothy Gallway, 1974, 1st Edition, 142 pages, dust cover, very good condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $20

 

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TBk12

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TENNIS BOOK 12: PIERRE'S BOOK The Game Of Court Tennis, by Pierre Etchebaster, 1971, 1st Edition, 51 pages, illustrations, dust cover, excellent condition. Photos upon rquest.

Price: $250

 

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TBk13

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TENNIS BOOK 13: LAWN TENNIS- Analytical Studies Of The World's Greatest Players, by Louis T. Stanley, look to be 1940s or 50s, 128 pages, many photos, very good condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $30

 

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TBk14

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TENNIS BOOK 14: TENNIS MADE EASY by Lloyd Budge, 1945, 1st Edition, 126 pages, many photos, dust cover, very good condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $25

 

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TBk15

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TENNIS BOOK 15: TENNIS by Helen Hull Jacobs, 1941, 1st Edition, 75 pages, photos, good condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $35

 

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TBk16

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TENNIS BOOK 16: MARTINA NAVRATILOVA with Mary Carillo TENNIS MY WAY, soft cover, 1984, 215 pages, some photos, good condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $20

 

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TBk17

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TENNIS BOOK 17: DAYS OF GRACE - A Memoir - By Arthur Ashe and Arnold Rampersad, 1993, 317 pages, some photos, dust cover, excellent condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $20

 

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TBk18

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TENNIS BOOK 18: MARTINA by Martina Navratilova with George Vecsey, 1985, 287 pages, some photos, dust cover, excellent condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $20

 

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TBk19

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TENNIS BOOK 19: NICK BOLLETTIERI'S JUNIOR TENNIS by Nick Bollitieri with Barry McDermott, 1984, 1st Edition, 284 pages, duct cover, excellent condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $25

 

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TBk20

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TENNIS BOOKS 20: THE OFFICIAL -United States Lawn Tennis Association - TENNIS GUIDE for 1942, 1943, and 1945, with THE OFFICIAL RULES, soft cover, 225 pages, some photos, DETAILED STATISTICS, good condition. PRICED AT $45 EACH. Photos upon request.

Price: $45

 

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TENNIS BOOKS 21: SPALDING'S LAWN TENNIS ANNUALS for 1913, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929. All have rules, enormous statistics, and great photos not found anywhere else of stars AND lesser known players, all in good or very good condition. PRICED AT $45 EACH. Photos upon request.

Price: $45

 

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TBk22

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TENNIS BOOK 22: WRIGHT & DITSON LAWN TENNUS GUIDE for 1931, soft cover, contains rules, enormous statistics, and great photos not found elsewhere of stars AND lesser known players, very good condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $45

 

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TBk23

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TENNIS BOOK 23: SPALDING'S LESSONS IN TENNIS by famous teaching pro GEORGE AGUTTER, 1935, soft cover, great photos and instruction, good condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $55

 

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TBk24

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TENNIS BOOK 24: SPALDING'S TENNIS for JUNIOR, CLUB AND EXPERT by famous star BILL TILDEN, 1933, soft cover, great photos and instruction, good condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $55

 

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TBk25

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LAWN SPORTS BOOK 25: SPALDING'S LAWN SPORTS- 1916, including Roque, Croquet, Golf Croquet, Clock Golf, Archery, Tether Ball, Garden Hockey, Lawn Hockey, Volley Ball Pin Ball, Basket Goal, Badminton, Hand Tennis, Hand Polo, Wicket Polo, and Drawing Room Hockey. (Yikes! I've never heard of many of these.), soft cover , 186 pages, rules and instruction on all games, AMERICAN and BRITISH Croquet rules, fair condition, i.e. it's all there but fragile. Photos upon request.

Price: $55

 

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TBk26

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TENNIS BOOK 26: TENNIS IT'S HISTORY, PEOPLE AND EVENTS by Will Grimsley, 1971, 1st Edition, 380 pages, photos, dust cover, very good condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $25

 

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TENNIS BOOK 27: THE BADMINTON LIBRARY covering REAL (Court) TENNIS, LAWN TENNIS, RACKETS, and FIVES. 1903, 491 pages, photos and illustrations, good to very good condition. Photos upon request.

Price: $125

 

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TR001

Spalding

GOLD MEDAL

Flat Top

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100%

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Strings were very distressed so TR001 has been restrung for better appearance. Spalding first used the Gold Medal name in 1905 after winning a gold medal for product excellence in 1904. Patent dates from 1905 and 06 are printed on the handle. Flat top frame is not cracked.The head is very wide at 9.5 inches.

Price: $250

 

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TR002

TILT TOP RACKET (Lawn Tennis)

Tilt Top

Tilt Top

Convex

Smooth with butt cap and neck collar

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This tilt top racket is from the late 1870's or early 1880's. It was made by the Jefferies Company aka Jefferies and Mallings of Woolwich, Kent, England. The name Jefferies is stamped on one side of the convex wedge. Over the Jefferies name three initials are engraved which appear to be JRM.They could stand for _._.Munroe who was owner of the racket at some point due to his name carved on the other side of the wedge. Or, Mr. Munroe could have been the second owner and the initials could stand for James Mallings (middle initial unknown) who was associated with the Jefferies Co. More importantly the Jefferies Co. was the maker of Major Wingfield's original Sphairistike lawn tennis sets. Thus the racket is very old and made by a famous maker. Strings are probably replacements, but are in good shape. This price is low for such an old racket made by a famous maker and in nice condition. See TR003,4, and 5 for rackets which followed this tilt top making the perfect display of the earliest lawn tennis rackets.

Price: $2000 SOLD

 

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TR003

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Very Early Lawn Tennis Racket -- Designated A.

Slight Tilt

Convex

Plain Wood

Original, 90% good

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Only 2 photos; one from each side. This racket dates from the late 1870's to the early 1880's. Being one of the earliest lawn tennis rackets the head shape has a slight tilt like the court tennis rackets that preceded it. The heavy strings appear to be original. The all wood handle is thin and smooth with no butt cap. The convex wedge with a point is rarer than the traditional rounded wedge. It is a fine specimen of a very early racket, probably made in the UK by a bench craftsman before many racket making firms emerged. See TR002, 4, and 5 for the perfect display of the earliest lawn tennis rackets.

Price: $1500

 

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TR004

Unknown

Very Early Lawn Tennis Racket -- Designated B.

Oval

Convex

Thin and smooth.

Orignal, 99%good.

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Only 2 photos; one of each side. This racket appears to be made in the late 1880's. It strays a little further from the court tennis style than TR003 (above) and more toward the symmetrical design which lawn tennis ultimately used. It has a more traditional rounded convex wedge. Strings look original. The handle is thin and smooth with a thin leather strip around the butt. A great example of a very early racket probably made in the UK by a bench craftsman before many racket making firms emerged. See TR002, 3, and 5 for the perfect display of the earliest lawn tennis rackets.

Price: $1000

 

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TR005

Unknown

Very Early Lawn Tennis Racket -- Designated C.

Oval

Convex

Thin With Grooves

Original, 75% good

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This racket is from the 1890's. By this time the design was clear of the court tennis shape and quite symmetrical like lawn tennis. Strings look original. The handle has the grooves which began in the 1890's. It also has a butt cap but no ID. Its another great example of a pre-1900 racket. See rackets TR002, 3, and 4 for the perfect display of the earliest lawn tennis rackets.

Price: $500

 

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TR006

Wright & Ditson

Big Bill Tilden

Oval

Open Throat

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95%

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Patent number 1,664,466 issued April 3, 1928 to Milton B. Reach and assigned to Wright & Ditson (Spalding). Note: That's a light reflection on the word 'Big'. 'Big Bill Tilden' is perfect on both sides.

Price: $100

 

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TR007

E. Kent

No model

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Nice crossed rackets decal. Possible YALE stamp across handle. Owners initials A.B. carved on back side. Transitional flat head. Good condition.

Price: $150

 

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TR010

Spalding

Gold Medal

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Has patent dates of Jan. 3, 05 and June 12,06. Spalding logo on butt cap. Wide head. Exceptionally clean condition.

Price: $200

 

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TR022

Bridgeport Gun Implement Co. (BGI)

Fairfield

Trans Flat Top

Convex

Regular

100%

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This famous gun tool company started making tennis rackets and golf clubs in the very early 1900's. From my golf club research I know BGI and Spalding were fierce competitors. Spalding had picked the name Morristown (as in then wealthy Morristown, NJ) for a model name for golf clubs. BGI countered with Fairfield (as in the equally prestigious Fairfield, CT). BGI carried Fairfield through to tennis rackets (oddly Spalding didn't). This racket dates to about 1903 and is in very good condition for that age. Strings are 100% and look original. Not only is it an historically significant piece but it really is mellow looking and will display beautifully.

Price: $150 SOLD

 

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TR026

E. Kent

Collegiate

Oval

Open Throat

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The firm of E.(for Elijah) Kent of Pawtucket, RI was making rackets from the late 1800's. This is their beautiful open throat Collegiate model probably from the 1920's. You may not be able to see it in the photos but the wood(s) in the shoulders and wedge area are exquisite.

Price: $125 SOLD

 

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TR030

Slazenger

Burke

Oval

Convex With Heart Pattern

Regular

85%

Description

This Slazenger racket has a patented shoulder design and patented stringing. The solid convex wedge is also unusual showing a heart shape pattern possibly from different woods. See photo on page 47 of Ref.8 TA&C (Jeanne Cherry's book). The model name Burke is also rare. Butt cap is good and head is flat. A nice racket of very unusual construction.

Price: $150 SOLD

 

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TR053

Wright & Ditson

THE HUB

Oval

Convex (laminated)

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90%

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This racket was made in the early 1900's and is in very good condition with only a few distressed strings. The handle is marked Patented. It is very pretty and displays nicely.

Price: $100

 

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TR067A

Wright & Ditson - Made by Dayton

Dayton

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100%

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Good Wright & Ditson logo. Collar stamped Dayton. Missing butt cap. Otherwise very good condition. Ref.8 TA&C p.59 see second from left in photo.

Price: $125 SOLD

 

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TR067C

Dayton

Clipper

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100%

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Partial clipper seaplane decal. Nice red and cream color. Condition is good. Metal frame and wire strung Dayton rackets are very collectible. Ref.8 TA&C p.58 and 59 (left end in photo). Also Ref.9 BTR p.121.

Price: $125

 

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TR067D

Dayton

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99%

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Butt cap says Dayton Raquet Co. Inc. Arcanum O. USA. Arcanum Ohio is a small town northwest of Dayton. Nice scarce white color. Steel wire stringing. Condition good to very good.

Price: $100

 

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TR069

Harry C. Lee

THE BAT

Oval

Concave

Regular

85%

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This is the famous THE BAT model. See page 63 of Ref.8 TA&C (Jeanne Cherry's book). Patent dates of 1908 and 1915 are stamped on it. It has the 4.5 inch slot in the handle. The bottom of the handle has been slightly contoured by the owner for a better grip. The Bat logo is perfect, and it will display beautifully.

Price: $150 SOLD

 

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TR074A

Horace Partridge

Practice

oval (near trans flat)

convex solid

regular

75%

Description

Also see Racket # R74. HORACE PARTRIDGE & CO. BOSTON is STAMPED on one side and PRACTICE on the other. Strings are super thick. Condition is very good except for strings. Circa probably 1880s.

Price: $300

 

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TR095

Western Union (?)

Dog Picture

Oval

Open Throat

Regular

100%

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Here is an unusual racket. I cannot find a maker's name. Only a picture of a dog, probably a German Sheperd, and the remaining letters ___TERN UN___ which probably said WESTERN UNION. The undamaged strings look original, the wrappings are good, the handle is thick and sturdy and the head is flat. A nice and possibly rare open throat racket.

Price: $75

 

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TR100

Wilson

Billie Jean King

oval

concave

leather wrap

100%

Description

This Billie Jean King photo decal (picture) racket is an EXAMPLE of many picture rackets we have of other stars. There are 75 picture rackets known to exist. We have more than half of them. Ask us about your favorite stars. Prices vary according to rarity and condition. They are great fun to collect and decorate with.

Price: $60

 

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TR101

Unknown

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Here are 3 nice multi-racket wood presses. A brief description is as follows. You can call or email me for more info if needed. The first one is SOLD but I have a 6 racket press with leather handle. Call for details. New photo coming soon. The second has 2 partitions and holds 3 rackets. The third has 1 partition and holds 2 rackets. The brass fittings at the top are to hang it on a wall. Not sure what the woods are, but they all have a nice mellow aged look. Price is $250 EACH.

Price: $250

 

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TR102

Wright & Ditson

Prize Cup with CANE reinforced handle

Oval

Concave

Cane Reinforced

65%

Description

Here is a rare old wood tennis racket. Made by Wright & Ditson, this Prize Cup model has a 'GENUINE CANE' reinforcement running up and down the handle on both sides. W&D made the Prize Cup model as early as 1939, but I found no mention of the Cane reinforcement in my many reference books. I suppose this means few were made and that it is now rare. Strings are distressed but frame is flat, leather grip is good, and WD butt cap is good. All decals are good and readable. Photos and Price are coming.

Price: $100

 

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TR104

Wright & Ditson

SEARS

Trans-Flat Top

Convex

Regular

100%

Description

Named for champion Richard Sears, this W&D racket was probably made between 1901 and 1905. Bears a patent date of Jan.3rd 1905. See Ref.8 TA&C pages 80 and 179. This racket is in very good to excellent condition. It has reinforced shoulders, perfect strings which appear original, good butt cap and the great transitional flat top head. An early beauty.

Price: $175 SOLD

 

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TR105

Wright & Ditson

LONGWOOD

Oval

Convex (laminated)

Regular

70%

Description

Except for distressed strings this early racket with convex wedge is in very good condition. It was made in the early 1900's. See nice write up in Ref.8 TA&C. The model name LONGWOOD is after the famous Longwood Cricket (and Tennis) Club of Boston. The butt cap is good with the W&D logo. The handle is marked Patented. It's a very pretty early American racket which displays nicely.

Price: $125 SOLD