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’.