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Prosser Fishtail Tennis Racket


Category: Tennis and Racquet Sports

Subcategory: Rackets

Vintage Fish Tail Lawn Tennis Racket.
A fine example of a wooden framed lawn tennis racket made by T.H. Prosser & Sons. The racket has a nice clean ash frame with a walnut convex wedge embossed in gilt with 'Gale Barnstaple, T.H. Prosser & Sons'. It has a good straight frame with a nice shaped fishtail handle, the handle with a deep central groove and with lined grooves for extra grip. Handle is also scratched with owners initials 'N.W.R'.

T.H. Prosser & Sons of 198 & 200 Pentonville Road, London, were established in 1857. Originally manufacturers of real tennis racquets before making lawn tennis rackets and presses.
An advert stated T.H. Prosser & Sons were 'Manufacturers of racquet and lawn tennis bats and balls, cricket and footballs etc.'. In 1891 they listed the following rackets 'Springlight', 'Dorothy' & 'Ivanhoe'.

  • Year: Circa 1905
  • Period: 1900-1949

  • Dimensions:
    H 70cm x W 23cm x D 3.5cm
    H 27½" x W 9" x D 1¼"

  • Medium: Ash
  • Country: England
  • Condition: Very good, with later stringing.
  • Reference Number: 20102