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Dayton racquet with steel tubular frame, grooved wooden handle with leather butt cap and steel 'piano wire' strings. Painted steel frame - black. Strung with twisted steel wire strings that made a high-pitched sound on ball contact. A damping device made of fabric near the lowest crosses nearest the throat reduced this considerably - probably the first vibration dampner (Patent 1926). Metal frames and 'piano wire' strings were employed in the early 1900s in high-humidity climates to avoid warping the racquet heads (as in wooden racquets) due to changes in temperature and humidity.

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  • Title: Dayton racquet
  • Creator: Dayton
  • Date Created: 1926
  • Location Created: Ohio, USA
  • Type: Artefact
  • Rights: Australian Tennis Museum

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