Slazenger Calcutta

Slazenger Calcutta Tennis Racquet

     

1896 - The best racquets in the game, used by the best players, were rounding out in the head. This frame carries a impressed logo from Calcutta, India, and speaks volumes about how the game was leaking out of the British empire to exotic global venues. This is an exported English frame; most of the racquets were being made in the UK or the United States, particularly around Newport, RI and London. Savvy collectors will pay high prices for impressed logos and names. Decals and transfers became popular in the US first.