Horace & Partridge Standard

Horace and Partridge Standard Tennis Racquet - 1900

     

1900 - The number of men and women playing in  tournaments was increasing, and the players were hitting even harder. Manufacturers were producing tens of thousands of frames, and tiny structural differences were all the rage. This frame, still slightly transitional flat top, has all the bells and whistles of the era, but with the latest fashion - a wooden butt cap! Collectible racquets are much more valuable if the details are in place. Unbroken original gut, no warp, and complete decals add tremendous value, but if the leather butt cap and brads are partial or missing the deal is off. The wooden butt cap assembly was short-lived back then because it broke too easily, which makes this racquet a rare prize today. Traditional leather and brads ruled!