Racket sports date back centuries but tennis began in England on the lawns of well-to-do ladies’. Middle-class Victorian ladies held highly regulated lives during the mid-1800s. They weren’t allowed to pick flowers in parks or to attend public meetings. They were, however, allowed a few leisure activities and one of the most popular was tennis. It began as a casual sport, with patting a ball back and forth on a well-tended lawn. Once the men got involved, the game became more competitive with score-keeping. Official rules for tennis were finalized in 1874. Tennis was a game of mental and physical strength, but it was also considered a moral and exciting sport for the Victorians.
This antique Victorian niello tennis racket brooch was handcrafted around 1880. It measures 51.4 x 18.6 x 6.5 mm and weighs 3.2 grams. It’s a charming pin with a tennis ball in the center of the racket head. It bears the silver fineness mark, “800”.
Beat the competition with this charming racket brooch pinned to your collar!
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