The First Set
usual card mount and title:
same woven silk, but additional words " LAWN TENNIS " added to title:
|Woven on silk:-
Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
WOVEN IN SILK BY THOMAS STEVENS, INVENTOR AND MANUFACTURER, COVENTRY AND LONDON, (REGISTERED.)
The First Set.
12.2cm deep by 19.8cm wide
4.7cm high by 15.0cm wide
by Austin Sprake:
A Victorian tennis match in progress, with the players and spectators in gay colours
by Geoffrey Godden:
The picture shows a Victorian mixed-doubles lawn tennis scene, the players fully dressed for the occasion, as was the fashion. The title was first included on label 19a of about 1881 and continued to be listed into the twentieth century - although it would seem to have commanded a small sale, for examples are now very rare.
Specimens are normally found on type B card-mounts, but the subject should also be available on the later type C mounts and even on type D.
This page was created on 14 December 2003
additional image added 11 May 2013. Image with additional words added 6 January 2018, and new improved image added 6 January 2018 © Peter Daws
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