Gebr. Hammer - Several models 1940/50
(documented or estimated)
Several racquets, unused. Silber-acht , Start, Tauberperle, Extra Spezial, Henner Henkel, Meister
In 1910, the Hammer brothers included tennis rackets in their production program. The company had previously become known for the production of pitchforks from ash, which was to become an important raw material for the rackets which successful in Germany, afterwards. Then, the production was changed. The "H" below the handle indicates that the batch was made shortly after World War II. In 1968 the company had to file for a settlement after sales continued to decline.
Historical background Henner Henkel:
Heinrich Ernst Otto "Henner" Henkel († January 13, 1943 near Voronezh, Soviet Union) was a German tennis player. His greatest success was winning the French Championships (now the French Open) in 1937. Next to von Cramm and Nüsslein, he was the most successful German player of the 1930s. In 1942, Henkel was drafted and deployed to the Eastern Front. He was shot in the thigh during the Battle of Stalingrad and died in a hospital near Voronezh on January 13, 1943. The team championships of the juniors of the German Tennis Association are named Henner-Henkel-Spiele in his memory.
Left: Henner Henkel. Right: Gottfried von Cramm