1950s collectible tennis racquets

Collectible tennis racquetsSpalding “Gonzales” signature, made in Belgium 1950s
Stellar “Classic”, made in USA 1950s

Never having played a game in my life, I was gifted the beautiful timber racquet on the right [in the 1950s cross-stitched daisy cover] – by someone who played a great deal. In the 50s and 60s. I was so taken by the hand-made cover [I found a copy of the original pattern on-line] which has a large metal zip opening and a deep red vinyl backing. The racquet and cover have been carefully conserved between their playing life and being gifted to me. I find the whole thing beautiful.

The racquet on the left- in its wonderful original frame press, is a Spalding ‘Gonzales’ signature racquet. There’s a terrific picture of a smiling Gonzales on both sides of the racquet to prove the fact. Spalding racquets were imported into Australia from the 1920s; this one is made from white ash timber. The frame press is also imported: it is marked:

W. METCALFE
THE SPORTS DEPOT
RICHMOND & CATTERICK CAMP YORKSHIRE

Given all this, I still love the hand-stichted daisy racquet cover the most; despite having learnt a great deal from researching www.tennishistory.com.au.

The two racquets are for sale: $AUD80

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2 thoughts on “1950s collectible tennis racquets

  1. These are fantastic. We get a lot of vintage tennis stuff at sales near me (might be something to do with living in Wimbledon) but I’ve never picked one up. They’d make a great display item. Xxx

    • thanks christine- i’ve seen tenis racquets upcycled into mirrors, with glass inserted into the head – but i’m with you – i think they are beautiful objects and look good on display.

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