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.
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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