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    The following exhibits are on show:-
    1. A China figure dated 1884 which is thought to?

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    The following exhibits are on show:-
    1. A China figure dated 1884 which is thought to be of William Renshaw who was seven times Wimbledon singles Champion and who holds the record of six consecutive victories in the men's singles event (1881-1886 and 1889). He also won the doubles seven times with his twin brothers Ernest.

    2. A bronze figure of the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) holding a tennis racket. The statue is by C. Sargent Jagger who sculpted the Royal Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner.

    3. A fifty year old metal lawn tennis racket strung with wire. A patent for a metal tennis racket dated 1880 was withdrawn on the grounds that the inventor recognised that such a racket had previously been manufactured. In spite of this however, such an early racket is very rare and valuable.

    4. An original sphairistike racket - the name is stamped on the handle - from one of the sets first marketed by Major Wingfield in the spring of 1874. Major Wingfield originally planned to call his game by the Greek name Sphairistike, which means a ball game, but was persuaded to change this to Lawn Tennis by Arthur Balfour, later Lord Balfour and Prime Minister. When Wingfield started to sell his sets - put up in a box rather like a croquet box - in March 1874 he announced his game by a colourful label on the lid of the box and the title 'Sphairistike of Lawn Tennis'. The Greek name was first shortened to Sticky and then dropped in favour of the easier 'Lawn Tennis'.

    5. A 'Jerry Mould' with tennis racket design.

    6. A brass ink-well in the form of a tennis racket and ball.

    Towards the end of last century the game of lawn tennis was so popular that all manner of articles (many are in the Museum) were manufactured with a tennis theme. Other items were photograph frames, letter racks, book-ends, spoons.

    7. A fabric lawn tennis belt as worn by women players around the turn of the century. At this time women players played in long skirts, shirts with high collars and ties and often a straw 'boater' hat.

    8. Olympic Statue 1920 - Men's Doubles - O.G.N. Turnbull & Maxwell Woosnam
    9. Allenwest racket manufactured in 1924 as a result of a friendship between Mr. Slazenger and Mr. Allen West whose Company were manufacturers in metals. Slazenger suggested that Allen West should manufacture an all steel racket. Some fifty were produced with 3 core steel wires in the place of 'strings' and sold at GBP 3.10s.Od. being offered to the staff at 1/-. Production was discontinued since the balls suffered cruelly, the nap being removed in half a dozen games.

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