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VINTAGE J.C. Higgins Sears & Roebuck Badminton Racquet

VINTAGE J.C. Higgins Sears & Roebuck Badminton Racquet

Regular price $74.00

VINTAGE J.C. Higgins Sears & Roebuck Badminton Racquet

Vintage wood Badminton racquet J.C.Higgins Sears & Roebuck with canvas cover.

We are very pleased to offer this very cool vintage Badminton racquet, it is a J.C Higgins by Sears & Roebuck

A little history of the J.C Higgins Brand- Many people ask if there was a real "J.C. Higgins" who worked for Sears. There certainly was. John Higgins began working for Sears in 1898 as the manager of the headquarters' office bookkeepers and retired as company comptroller in 1930. "John Higgins" the employee became "J.C. Higgins" the brand name during a discussion in 1908 among Sears' executives of possible names for a new line of sporting goods.

At this point, the story gets a bit murky, but Higgins' name was suggested and John Higgins consented to Sears use his name. Since he did not have a middle initial, Sears added the "C." In 1908, the Western Sporting Goods Company in Chicago began putting J.C. Higgins on baseballs and baseball gloves sold in Sears catalogs. By 1910, the J.C. Higgins trademark was extended to cover footballs and basketballs. Later, the popularity of the Higgins brand—combined with the wider participation of American youth in sports—led Sears to place tennis equipment, soccer balls, volleyballs, boxing equipment and baseball uniforms in the J.C. Higgins line. By the 1940s, J.C. Higgins represented all Sears fishing, boating and camping equipment. After the Second World War, Sears consolidated all sporting goods under the J.C. Higgins brand name and added it to a line of luggage. The J.C. Higgins brand disappeared shortly after Sears introduced the Ted Williams brand of sporting and recreation goods in 1961.

So at the very latest this badminton racquet is 50 years old, and in very good condition for it's age. The racquet is a "Whiz", it measures 26 1/4 in length, the face is 9 1/2 by 7 1/4, it weighs a mere 5.3 ounces. The neck of the racquet is a muted hunter green, and it is trimmed with red, white, & black tape. It has a J.C.Higgins decal label on one side and a "Whiz" decal on the other side of the racquet. The handle wrap is in excellent condition. The strings are still taught. The racquet has just a few flaws, there are some scuffs and 5 small chips in the paint on the side of the neck, between the head and handle of the racquet (see picture). The racquet comes with a canvas drawstring cover. The cover is from the "National Tennis Co." 12 west 48th street in New York.

Do you run a pro shop? are you a badminton player? would this beautiful old racquet make a wonderful display piece in your shop or your den? It will be an awesome addition to any collection of Vintage racquets, be they Badminton, Tennis, or Squash.

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Item Dimensions

Height Width Depth Diameter Weight

1 3/8"

26 1/4"

8 1/16"


5.3 oz.


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