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Slazenger The Demon
(documented or estimated)
The Demon was one of the most popular rackets of the time. The exhibit shown below from around 1895, was re-strung after 1898. The famous fishtail grip was invented by Slazenger in 1884.
Patent information (reference Siegfried Kuebler): patent no. 226. British Patent of Jan 1, 1884. Description: Improvements in handles for bats and other analogous purposes. This patent shows for the first time a new shape of a handle which is incorporated in the successful models "The Demon" and "Special Demon" which were sold at least until 1928. Inventor Ralph Slazenger Moss, trading as Slazenger and Sons.
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