Sponsored by WOOD TENNIS RACKETS, A COLLECTOR'S GUIDE
As part of our continuing effort to undertake research for the compilation of our book,
WOOD TENNIS RACKETS, A COLLECTOR'S GUIDE,
we are experimenting with some reference pages online for rackets.
Feel free to use these pages as either a seller or buyer to reference the features of a particular model.
We will endeavor to add or update pages as resources allow (time and money).
Eventually we might try and limit this via payment and password but let's try it out this way for now.
BANCROFT, F. J. Bancroft, Pawtucket, RI.
America's Oldest Tennis Manufacturer
My interests in Bancroft are several, not the least of which is that this
company produced rackets for a full century. Even though their early years
were involved in making rackets for other companies, the rackets help
illustrate many of the changes in technology and production from the 1900s to
I have a fair amount of reference material for Bancroft consisting of catalogues
and decades of ads in American Lawn Tennis.
Observation is based upon my collection of approximately 75 rackets, from the 1900s on.
TAD, founded by T.A.Davis in the 1930s, always produced high quality rackets
which were often showcases for the natural beauty of the fine woods used.
Davis had three patents, the most famous of which was for the 'cross-grain lamination'
which was used on every TAD racket I have seen.
I have little reference material for TAD.
Observation is based upon my collection of approximately 25 rackets, from the 1950s on.
Talk Before the Tennis Collector's Society, July 1999.
We'll try and get the pictures for the rackets referenced and write up our notes.
Remarks by Clark Bensen at the Tennis Collectors Society, July 8, 1999
INDEX TO RACKET ILLUSTRATIONS.
An index by make or model to pictures of individual rackets.
This is a text index which will link directly to a picture of an individual racket.
For selected rackets only yet it should eventually contain all rackets listed in the other pages.
This should eliminate the long load time for the poster format pages.