Iver Johnson King

Iver Johnson King Tennis Racquet, c. 1900


1898 - At the turn of the century “racqueteering” developed into an industry of fine wood working.  Still one perfect piece of steamed wood constructed with the glues and varnishes of fine furniture, the public was buying the look and durability of the frame.  Decals, first an American touch, spoke of the various venues and towns where the game was played, (“Bellevue”, “Lakeside”, “The Hub”), and the royalty that played  it. This racquet is a fine example of the structural evolution of the 19th century and the decorative needs of the budding 20th century. A small frame of 25”, thin cross-hatched handle, small head, an early colorful company logo and the name ”King”.