What to Look for in a Quality Vintage Tennis Racket

Bentley and Anderson Vintage Tennis Racket

Bentley and Anderson Vintage Tennis RacketHere’s an excellent example of a Bentley and Anderson Vintage Tennis Racket circa 1907-1920

It features a convex throat, thick red and white gut, which is double strung vertically and horizontally across the middle. It also has the reinforced shoulders.

This racket is not only rare but in fantastic condition, and would sell for between $500-$1200 depending on the auction.

The then called Bentley’s Sporting Goods Ltd, named after Walter Bentley, opened for business in 1907 at Niagra Falls, Canada.

In the beginning the company focused mainly on making tennis rackets and cricket equipment. It was rumored that many professional players of the time, considered Bentley tennis rackets to be the best in North America.

The business eventually was passed down to family members after Walter’s death in 1951 and it remained in the family until 1966 at which time it was sold. It continued to operate in Niagra Falls under the Bentley name until 1980 when the doors finally closed, thus ending 106 years of Bentley’s Sporting Goods in Canada.

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