Bancroft The Bancroft
(documented or estimated)
From Siegfried Kuebler: The Bancroft Racket Company of Pawtucket, founded by Fred J. Bancroft, began making tennis rackets in 1882. For a number of years before the turn of the century, the House of Bancroft did not market rackets under its own name but, instead, acted as supplier of rackets to several of the best known sporting goods firms in the country. The first racket to bear the Bancroft name was <<The Bancroft>>, introduced c. 1912.