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jimbo333 03-23-2013 11:53 AM

PHOTOS of my 5 old SLAZENGER DEMON's with the strange FISHTAIL grip
 
Photos of my 5 old Slazenger Demon rackets with the strange fishtail grips. These were made like this in the UK, for about 50 years, between about 1880 and 1930, they changed in design over that time period as can be seen below. Mine were made in approx. 1890, 1895, 1900, 1910 and 1920.






jimbo333 03-23-2013 11:54 AM

Slazenger stopped making the Slazenger Demon racket with the fishtail grip in about 1930, but continued to make Slazenger tennis rackets called the Demon for at least another 50 years. Also Slazenger had a ball named the Demon, again many different versions were made over the years. The one below is from 1935, and the packaging design used inside the box is downright scary in my opinion!

Interestingly at about the same time the popular fishtail Slazenger Demon racket finally went out of production, Dunlop started to produce the Dunlop Maxply, which quickly went on to be the most popular racket of its time, and be made again for about 50 years (1932-1983 approx). So 2 British design classics dominating the racket market in terms of popularity and sales in the UK for about 100 years amazingly.






corners 03-23-2013 12:02 PM

Mindblowingly awsome!

jimbo333 03-23-2013 12:27 PM

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Originally Posted by corners (Post 7297541)
Mindblowingly awsome!

Cheers, it was just getting dark when I took the photos, but i think they turned out OK!

joe sch 03-23-2013 05:48 PM

Nice collection Jimbo !
I also admire the demon fishtails and have several nice old models from the 1890s to the 1920s, the latest featuring a decal fishtail demon rather than engraved. I also have the last model that is painted wood. Will try to post pictures later ...
Nice to see you got those boxed balls, I remember when a set was offered on the bay.

sundaypunch 03-23-2013 06:12 PM

Those are very, very cool.

Squidward 03-23-2013 07:14 PM

Sweet Pics! Thanks For Sharing!!

purple-n-gold 03-23-2013 07:58 PM

Awesome..Thanks for sharing Jimbo!

ericsson 03-24-2013 02:29 AM

Nice stuff Jimbo, the very early ones are quite rare.

jimbo333 03-24-2013 06:03 AM

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Originally Posted by joe sch (Post 7298284)
Nice collection Jimbo !
I also admire the demon fishtails and have several nice old models from the 1890s to the 1920s, the latest featuring a decal fishtail demon rather than engraved. I also have the last model that is painted wood. Will try to post pictures later ...
Nice to see you got those boxed balls, I remember when a set was offered on the bay.

Cheers, and yes the versions with the decals and the painted versions are the last Demon's with the fishtails from the late 1920's up to around 1930. I would love to see some photos of yours please!

jimbo333 03-24-2013 06:05 AM

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Originally Posted by sundaypunch (Post 7298337)
Those are very, very cool.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Squidward (Post 7298487)
Sweet Pics! Thanks For Sharing!!

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Originally Posted by purple-n-gold (Post 7298530)
Awesome..Thanks for sharing Jimbo!

Cheers, it takes more effort than many people realise to take these photos and then get them up on here, so these sorts of comments make it all worthwhile:)

jimbo333 03-24-2013 06:08 AM

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Originally Posted by ericsson (Post 7298913)
Nice stuff Jimbo, the very early ones are quite rare.

Cheers, yes the 1890's versions were hard enough for me to find, but the 1880's Demon's are actually very rare indeed and extremely valuable, too expensive for me and most people really. Those earliest ones are mainly in the hands of proper antique collectors.

joe sch 03-24-2013 10:38 AM

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Originally Posted by jimbo333 (Post 7299020)
Cheers, and yes the versions with the decals and the painted versions are the last Demon's with the fishtails from the late 1920's up to around 1930. I would love to see some photos of yours please!

Here are a few picture of 3 era's of slaz fishtails. Dont have the painted version pictured yet again since I could not find it.

http://s920.photobucket.com/user/woo...ml?sort=3&o=14

coachrick 03-24-2013 01:58 PM

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Originally Posted by joe sch (Post 7299492)
Here are a few picture of 3 era's of slaz fishtails. Dont have the painted version pictured yet again since I could not find it.

http://s920.photobucket.com/user/woo...ml?sort=3&o=14

Ummm...I don't know about that one on the left. Looks like a paintjob on a PS 6.1 95 to me ;) .

Rob2D 03-24-2013 04:19 PM

Wow those are awesome guys! :)

I've wanted one of these for a while now. How did you guys come across them? I mainly just keep an eye on e-bay in case one pops up.

joe sch 03-24-2013 09:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Rob2D (Post 7300336)
Wow those are awesome guys! :)

I've wanted one of these for a while now. How did you guys come across them? I mainly just keep an eye on e-bay in case one pops up.

They do make it to the bay as I see several each year. Since you are in the UK, I would think you could actually find one in some of the local antique shops or estate sales.

joe sch 03-24-2013 09:19 PM

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Originally Posted by coachrick (Post 7299980)
Ummm...I don't know about that one on the left. Looks like a paintjob on a PS 6.1 95 to me ;) .

That would be about the best picasso ever.
Even better than the Rockets paint job aluminum woody :)

jimbo333 03-25-2013 03:30 AM

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Originally Posted by joe sch (Post 7299492)
Here are a few picture of 3 era's of slaz fishtails. Dont have the painted version pictured yet again since I could not find it.

http://s920.photobucket.com/user/woo...ml?sort=3&o=14

Thanks Joe, I look forward to seeing the painted one, if you can find it.

jimbo333 03-25-2013 03:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Rob2D (Post 7300336)
Wow those are awesome guys! :)

I've wanted one of these for a while now. How did you guys come across them? I mainly just keep an eye on e-bay in case one pops up.

Cheers, these can be found, but often the price is very high. There are lots of fishtail rackets around in the UK, but finding Slazenger Demon fishtails, especially the early ones is a bit more difficult.

It took me 5 years to get these. Apart from the first one which I spent too much on, the others I've bought at a good price, mainly from non-online auctions. These are often priced at an expensive price in shops, so it is worth shopping around and being patient, dare I say.

jimbo333 03-25-2013 03:37 AM

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Originally Posted by joe sch (Post 7300869)
That would be about the best picasso ever.
Even better than the Rockets paint job aluminum woody :)

I'd like to see a good photo of this!


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