Heritage item of the week: ‘The Demon’ tennis racquet


This is a tennis racquet with a press; the racquet has the Octagon Trademark and is called “The Demon”. The racquet and press are stamped with the initials “J W Baker”. The modern version of tennis is credited to a Welsh major named Walter Clopton Wingfield, who patented the game in 1874. Wingfield gave his pastime two names: the Greek derived “sphairistike” and “lawn tennis”.  Not surprisingly, the second name stuck. If you have more information about this object that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection reference 1985.018.1.

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