Royal Lawn Tennis Boxed Set

Jefferies & Co.ca. 1875

International Tennis Hall of Fame

International Tennis Hall of Fame
Newport, United States

This extremely rare lawn tennis set, made by Jefferies & Co. of Woolwich, England, is remarkably complete and was manufactured shortly after the first appearance of the Sphairistiké lawn tennis sets patented by Major Waltor Clopton Wingfield in 1874. This set contains: a pine box with its colorful manufacturer’s label; four tilt-head tennis racquets constructed of ash and strung with gut; a net; net poles (includes extensions to raise the net for playing badminton); a center weight; guy ropes; metal pegs and canes; a reel of marking tape; an India-rubber ball; and a rules book.


  • Title: Royal Lawn Tennis Boxed Set
  • Creator: Jefferies & Co.
  • Date Created: ca. 1875
  • Location Created: Woolwich, England
  • Physical Dimensions: (box) (h) 19.05 cm x (w) 106.68 cm x (d) 25.72 cm
  • Provenance: ITHF&M Acquisition, 2004
  • Type: Sports Equipment
  • Rights: © International Tennis Hall of Fame
  • Medium: wood; paper; ink; metal; gut; rope; rubber; leather
  • Depicted Topic: Tennis

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