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Tennis / Racquets Racket Press

£ 685

Category
Subcategory
Reference
22374
Gray & Sons racquets press with three rackets. The press has a flat bottom and can hold up to four rackets with its three wooden dividers. It is in original condition with brass fittings and three bolts with wing nuts. The front stamped 'H. J. Gray & Sons, Makers, Cambridge'. 1900's.

The three racquets rackets are stamped on the shaft handles 'Frame only made by H.J. Gray Sons Ltd.' whilst two are also stamped 'E. Jones Eton College', possibly the racquets professional at Eton. The handle grips are white kid leather and the butt caps have written in pen 'I HOOD, III HOOD' and 'IV HOOD', Hood being the original owner. The strings are damaged on all the rackets and one shaft has been repaired.

H.J. Gray and Sons was founded in Cambridge by world rackets champion H.J. Gray in 1855 and soon built a reputation supplying rackets to University players such as Ranjitsinjhi and the future King Edward VII. Initially they were manufactures of Rackets for racquets, real tennis and lawn tennis. In 1929 they were listed as manufacturers of Lawn Tennis Rackets, Badminton Rackets, Racquet Rackets, Squash Rackets, and all Goods connected with Sports and Games. They were also distributors of the Hazell's 'Streamline' racket and later bought them out,they also merged with the world-renowned cricket bat business of L. J. Nicolls to create Gray-Nicolls.
Condition
Very good
Year
C. 1890's
Period
1850-1899
Medium
Mahogany
Country
England