Battledore and Shuttlecock (or “jeu de volant”) are not names that one hears very often in modern times. This game was a predecessor of our more modern game of badminton and like badminton, the object of the game is for players to bat the shuttlecock from one to the other as many times as possible without allowing it to fall to the ground. But unlike badminton, which typically is played outside and uses a net, battledore and shuttlecock could be played sans net and indoors.
This beautiful period piece shows patrons of the Tuxedo Club, perhaps on a lazy Sunday afternoon and enjoying a cup of tea, having a spirited game of battledore and shuttlecock inside the Clubhouse while others are reading, socializing or just plain relaxing. The elegant attire of the club patrons reflects in sharp detail a country aesthetic but also the Victorian sensibilities of the times.
This very large print includes fine period details, is in the original uncolored state and is in excellent condition.
Dimensions: Folio, 15 3/4″ x 21 1/4″ overall measurement.
Condition: Light center fold line, two inconspicuous paper nicks on bottom fold line (from disbinding) easily retouched otherwise excellent condition.
Printing type: Woodcut, uncolored, New York, 1892.
Note: This image is digitally watermarked, but the electronic watermark does not appear on the actual print. Guaranteed authentic original antique print. Certificate of authenticity available at no extra charge upon request.