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A.G. Spalding & Bros Lakeside No.5 Wood Tennis Racket w/ Press Early 1900's

Estimated price for orientation: 119 $

Category: Fine Racquets


The company was founded in 1876 when Albert Spalding was a pitcher and the manager of a baseball team in Chicago, the Chicago White Stockings. The company standardized early baseballs and developed the modern baseball bat with the bulge at its apex. In 1892, Spalding acquired Wright & Ditson and A. J. Reach, both rival sporting goods companies.In 1893, A.G. Spalding & Brothers purchased the Lamb Knitting Machine Company located in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts and renamed it the Lamb Manufacturing Company. It used this purchase to consolidate its skate manufactory from Newark and its gymnasium goods manufactory from Philadelphia to the Chicopee plant. Lamb, primarily engaged in manufacturing knitting machines, rifles, and egg-beaters, had been fulfilling a contract since 1890 to produce the Credenda bicycle wheel for Spalding. Spalding chose Chicopee because it was the home of the Overman Wheel Company, Spalding acted as their distributor in the Western USA, and Overman contracted with Lamb to make wheels for its lower-end products.

If you intend to purchase more than one item, we would be happy to combine shipping to help you to save even more. Please contact us immediately after winning the first auction to communicate your intent to combine shipping. Here is what we can offer: • Combine up to 6 standard size tennis rackets
• Combine up to 4 mid- and/or mid-plus tennis rackets
• Combine up to 3 oversize tennis rackets
• Combine up to 3 carrying cases
• Combine up to 10 standard size wood covers
• Combine up to 60 dampeners Sorry, we cannot combine any auction items with wooden presses. ******Please e-mail before bidding for any combination of orders******
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