antique Heinrich Hammer?

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  1. eaddeo

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    I have a pair of really old Heinrich Hammer racquets but I can't find a reference to them anywhere on the net! The company profile says they started making them in 1910, but I haven't a clue how old these are, other than "really, really" old.

    Anybody got an idea what they're worth, or where I can find out more about them?

    Ed
     
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  2. TMR

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    post some pics please!
     
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  3. eaddeo

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    pix?

    How can I do this?
     
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  4. zapvor

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    upload to flickr or photobucket then post link here
     
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  5. Don T.

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    I agree there is limited info on specific model Hammer racquets. I have a Gebr.Hammer "Extra Special" that has never hit a ball. The strings went kapooie from old age. It's one of my favorite old sticks to look at.

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  6. zapvor

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    good stuff!
     
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  7. Fearsome Forehand

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    When I first saw your post, I thought it read Antique Heinrich Himmler.

    New one on me, never ran across a Heinrich Hammer. Tennis companies are sort of like car companies. Around 1900, there were hundreds of such companies but, over time, they have merged, gone out of biz completely, or abandoned tennis, and now we are left with a handful.

    The pictured racket predates grips and has the leather butt cap. I guess leather grips were introduced in the 1940's or 1950's and plastic butt caps around that same time, perhaps the 50's or 60's.

    http://www.hammer.eu/History.40.0.html?&L=1

    The Hammer company still exists and produced erbacher skis which is a brand some may recognize. These days, it produces fitness equipment and volley balls (Mikasa brand) but no tennis rackets.

    www.hammer.eu/uploads/media/Hammer_Company_eng_01.pdf
     
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  8. Ross K

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    LOL - me too!!!... now that would be an eye-catching name for a frame?!... this of course lends itself to some comical ideas... anyone ever played the positively lethal Stalin Prestige Purger?... or how about the booming Ghenghis Khan Marauder?... now what about the unconventional Idi Amin Ace?... :lol::roll:

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  9. Fearsome Forehand

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    OK. That made me laugh. Although I think it should be the Stalin Prestige Pogrom (which for some reason did not sell very well in the Israeli and NYC markets but is the official racket of the KGB.).

    Maybe we should start a thread for Really Bad Names for rackets that never made it market. The Prince Shank? The Wilson Mis-Hit? Or, perhaps, this is already that thread. :)
     
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