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    1929 Ellsworth Vines Western Tennis Championship Men's Doubles Trophy. The lanky eighteen-year old was a star on the rise when he paired up with a pal to claim this attractive trophy cup. The sterling silver creation rises to an altitude of fourteen inches and is engraved, "Western Tennis Championship, Mens Doubles, Skokie Country Club, 1929, Won by." Vines apparently never took the time to add his name to the prize, but the provenance is unquestionable. Typical tarnishing and a scattered dent or two, but aesthetics remain strong.


    The Ellsworth Vines Collection

    The greatest figure of Depression-era tennis, the lanky but heavy-hitting Vines was assigned the title of "greatest tennis player ever" by none other than the legendary Bill Tilden, who joined Babe Ruth, Bobby Jones and Jack Dempsey as the most famous practitioner of his respective discipline during the Golden Age of Sport. In four separate tennis seasons of the 1930's, Vines was ranked number one, either alone or jointly, and the tangible evidence of that dominance appears in these pages. The collection comes to us from Vines' son, Ellsworth Vines III, and makes its hobby debut in this auction. Each lot will be accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from the son of this superior athlete.



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    May, 2014
    15th-17th Thursday-Saturday
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