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Antique Howie & Sons Tennis Racket

£ 360

Category
Subcategory
Reference
12459
Height
70 cm (27 1/2")
Width
22.5 cm (8 3/4")
Depth
4 cm (1 1/2")
Wooden Lawn Tennis Racket.
A great example of a late 19th century lawn tennis racket. A nice clean ash frame with a walnut convex wedge stamped with the retailer's details 'Howie & Sons of St. Andrews'. The original period gut stringing is in very good condition. It also has three rows of red trebling to the top and two on the bottom. The grip is made up of the ash frame; applied cedar wood fascia strips with boxwood and ebony inlaid stringing, and the handle is finished with a leather butt strip.

In the Scottish Post Office Directories (1882-1915) Howie & Sons operated from 110 South Street, and were listed as fancy repository & trunk makers.
Height
70 cm (27 1/2")
Width
22.5 cm (8 3/4")
Depth
4 cm (1 1/2")
Condition
Original stringing, restored
Year
Circa 1890's
Period
1850-1899
Medium
Ash