RARE ANTIQUE 1896 HOLCOMBE WARD HARVARD LAWN TENNIS FIRST PRIZE TROPHY HOF For Sale


RARE ANTIQUE 1896 HOLCOMBE WARD HARVARD LAWN TENNIS FIRST PRIZE TROPHY HOF


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RARE ANTIQUE 1896 HOLCOMBE WARD HARVARD LAWN TENNIS FIRST PRIZE TROPHY HOF:
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UP FOR SALE..... A SUPER RARE ANTIQUE MUSEUM QUALITY 1896 HARVARD LAWN TENNIS CLUB “FALL TOURNAMENT” FIRST PRIZE CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES TROPHY WON by HALL OF FAME TENNIS PLAYER HOLCOMBE WARD & DOUBLES PARTNER H.J. HOLT..... THIS TRULY IS A SUPERB TENNIS ITEM & IS WORTHY OF MUSEUM DISPLAY..... THIS IS THE VERY FIRST COLLEGIATE FIRST PLACE CHAMPIONSHIP TENNIS TROPHY WON by HOLCOMBE WARD IN THE FALL OF 1896..... THIS WOULD BE HIS FRESHMAN YEAR AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY & THE FALL TOURNAMENT IS THE FIRST ANNUAL TOURNAMENT HELD EACH YEAR..... HE LATER PAIRED UP WITH HALL OF FAMER DWIGHT DAVIS (FOUNDER OF THE DAVIS CUP) & WAS 1899 INTERCOLLEGIATE DOUBLES CHAMPION 1899.... HOLCOMBE WARD WENT ON TO WIN (7) US NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (US OPEN), 1 IN SINGLES (1904) & 6 DOUBLES..... HE WAS WORLD #1 IN 1904..... A MEMBER OF THE TENNIS HALL OF FAME & FORMER UNITED STATES LAWN TENNIS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT (1937-47)...... TO SAY THIS TROPHY IS RARE IS A BIT OF AN UNDERSTATEMENT.... HOLCOMBE WARD IS A LEGEND AND A FOUNDING MEMBER OF LAWN TENNIS IN AMERICA..... THE TROPHY IS OF LOVING CUP DESIGN STANDING ON FOUR LEGS WITH WINGED ARMS AND BEAUTIFUL FLORAL ART NOUVEAU DESIGN WITH SUPERB LETTER ENGRAVING (see pics)..... THE TROPHY IS SILVER PLATE AND MADE BY N.G. WOOD & SONS, BOSTON MASS.... THE TROPHY HAS SOME LIGHT DINGS AND A FEW SCRATCHES (see pics).... WEAR CONSISTENT WITH ITS AGE (see pics).... HAS A NICE DEEP SILVER PATINA (see pics).... HAS NOT BEEN POLISHED OR TAMPERED WITH....MEASURES APPROXIMATELY 7” TALL, 8.5” WIDE (ARM TO ARM), & 4” WIDE.... THIS TROPHY IS 123 YEARS OLD.... EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE YOU WILL SEE A HALL OF FAME TENNIS PLAYERS TROPHY POP UP FOR SALE, BUT 99 OUT OF 100 TIMES ITS MID CENTURY.... THIS IS FROM THE BEGINNING OF LAWN TENNIS IN AMERICA! TRULY A SPECTACULAR ITEM & A MUST HAVE FOR THE TENNIS COLLECTOR!


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