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Hannah19 02-09-2013 04:30 PM

Antique multiple racquet press
 
Can someone shed some light to this antique multiple racquet press?
It holds up to 25 racquets as you can see on the pics in the link.

http://vintagetennisgems.nl/VTG/News.html

retrowagen 02-09-2013 09:03 PM

That's quite amazing.

My best guess is that it was used in the manufacture of wood racquets, perhaps to assist in final shaping under humidity or perhaps moisture? Otherwise, why would anyone have need to press twenty-five racquets at the same time? :)

AtTheNet 02-09-2013 09:49 PM

It is my understanding that such presses were used by tennis clubs, for storage of multiple racquets that belonged to members. It may be that they also kept racquets on hand for use by people that didn't have racquets with them, rentals, demos, etc.

A cool old piece of hardware.

Hannah19 02-10-2013 12:05 AM

Thanks guys,
but has anyone an idea who may have made this particular model?
There are no manufacturer's stamps or logo's on it.

joe sch 02-10-2013 06:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AtTheNet (Post 7203345)
It is my understanding that such presses were used by tennis clubs, for storage of multiple racquets that belonged to members. It may be that they also kept racquets on hand for use by people that didn't have racquets with them, rentals, demos, etc.

A cool old piece of hardware.

Correct, they were large multi-racket presses for holding the rackets and keeping the rackets straight "press". I have seen 24 and 48 racket press models and tunmer was one of the early makers c. 1900.

Hannah19 02-10-2013 12:46 PM

That's the one....the Tunmer press.
http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/l...8&sid=&page=21

Lot 273......Cool


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