Unique French Racquets Darsonval etc.

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  1. rodracquet

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    French racquets as in the US display some intriguing designs like the H.C.Lee slotted handle.

    Darsonval in particular produced twin and tri shaft racquets in the late 1920's early 1930's. These are quite rare and great to find in good condition. I don't have one yet. Darsonval was a highly regarded tennis coach, I believe and obviously moved into production. Others will post photos showing the amount of wood work in some of the designs.

    Recently I did find this odd ball racquet in France which from the photo looked like a Darsonval. It wasn't. It is called a PHENIX and the graphics are most striking. What I thought was full slot turned out to be deep grooves on both sides which in itself as design idea is rare.

    French makers like Gauthier also have produced some lovely looking racquets up to the late 1970s so it is a good hunting ground. Just got to keep your eyes peeled and use BABELFISH to communicate in foreign languages. The French postal system is really very good also and thinhs arrive quickly.

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  2. rodracquet

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    Here is a GAUTHIER GO 1

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    Gauthier made some real nice and good rackets, endorsed by Fran├žois Jauffret (several models were named after him).

    I have a very rare one (new): [​IMG]
     
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    Here's one from a French manufacturer called I. Kateb. It has a slit in the handle similar to, but much wider than, the early Henry C. Lee rackets:

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    Very nice David. Seeing this reminded me of another Gauthier I have which is slotted both front to back and side to side.

    I put some cards through for clarity.

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    Also found a low res pic of a DARSONVAL TRI SHAFT called BREVETEE TRIFLEX

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    Very nice. I'd love to see return of these at an international tournament. Wood racquet only competition would be sweet!
     
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    Harvard Tecnic Zeus

    Just arrived today. And if we have any experts let me know what the French translation may mean since Babel Fish is struggling.

    The brand appears to be Harvard model Tecnic Zeus so I get that. the handle to shaft is wonderfully sculptured to create a slim shaft which is grooved twice on both faces and once down each side.

    The butt cap read BABOLISEZ et GARDEZ PRESSE

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    Side view

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    Anyone recognise a brand / maker for this racquet from the butt cap BABLOISEZ

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    Gardez sous presse = keep under press

    "babolisez" would appear to be the imperative form of the verb "babolire", only there is no such word! Unless this is a play on the brand name "Babolat", as in - "string only with Babolat". We do the same nowadays by adding "fy" or "ize" to nouns to create instant verbs.

    That's an awfully skinny shaft for a tennis racquet, and multi-slotted to boot!
     
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  12. rodracquet

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    I did another google search and an auction company had listed a racquet with the same name. Have sent a note to legend Siegfried Kuebler to see if he can ID from any research he has. I have been racking my brains all day to recall a US racket design which is similar. Will have to wait till my brain thinks of this at 4am or so while sleeping.

    Thanks for the translation attempt. The slots are grooves and the side view does make the shaft look very slim. The top profile is more normal width.
     
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    Well I finally won a Darsonval twin shaft racquet which looks in OK shape.

    Will post a decent pic when it arrives.
     
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    Re the above 6 grooved racquet. As per advice BABOLISEZ does mean the equivalent of "strung with Babolat strings or similar.

    Here is the DARSONVAL Ultra Souple wide slotted handle. Not sure on age but could even be a 1950's model? The colurful bands around the frame are the transfer type not the stranded style.

    Quite nice condition.

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    Hey Rod, where are all your Alinta listings !
     
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    Please feel free to post any additional pics. I don't have an Alinta racquet. There is a company called Vincent Clement which had a trademark of putting a hole through the heart of the throat of about 1.5cm. This was circa 1960's on there woodie range.
     
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    You are 100% correct. A french collector advises exactly this that the strings were Babolat.....thanks for your guidance.
     
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    I just acquired another Gauthier, the G.O3, which is double slotted front to back but not side to side. Gauthier seems to have marketed a large variety of very flexible rackets.

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    Glad you are liking the French models David. They were very good makers and Gauthier in particular had a long industry history.
     
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