Any info on this racquet? L'oiseau de feu

frinton

Professional
So that was a first - there is no information whatsoever to be found, not on google, not in the Kubler books... no clue! Who can help?







Bought it off the Swiss auction site for almost nothing - postage was twice the price of the racket... it looked quite old, so I thought it might be a nice one to hang somewhere.
What I have is a (I suppose) brandname: L'Oiseu de feu (Firebird), and a model description: Modèle 1936 Extra Souple (1936 Model - Extra Flex) and on the other side a Logo BR. I assume it is a French racquet, given that the name and model are in French.

All info is welcome. Thanks.

...stringing it up for a hit is not an option though I think ;-)
 

joe sch

Legend
Concave wedge racket circa 1925 before leather grips.
Interesting in that it has delaminated to the state that you can actually see the wood layers that formed the racket. 11 layers that look like this at the throat |||||V|V|||||
 
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frinton

Professional
I think it's pretty cool the way it is, showing off the wood layers! Joe, do you think, that Modèle 1936 doesn't stand for the year the racket was made? When were leather grips being introduced? And what do you make of the "grip" on the racket...looks like it was "home-made"... Basically a thread slung around the wood handle... Or was that a technique commonly used?
 

joe sch

Legend
Yes, very like more like a 1936 when leather grips were becoming common.
Many players added different types of over grips to the bare wood models to make them more playable. Cotton gauze was common and is very hard to completely remove after close to a century. I have also seen rope and threading wound over grips.
 
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