1873 to1900 Tennis Racquets
The first racquets for the "new and improved game of lawn tennis" were borrowed from the ancient game of court tennis. They fell out of fashion quickly however as the popularity of lawn tennis attracted new manufacturing. Bigger heads took the place of smaller hitting surfaces in the early "boxed sets" and soon the rash of racquets available on the market started looking pretty much alike as the new century approached. These lopsided and smaller headed rackets are prized by collectors today, many of them fetching thousands of dollars at auction.