Birmal aluminium racket with steel strings c1924.
The National Badminton Museum has managed to purchased one of the extremely rare Birmal aluminium badminton rackets for the National Racket Collection.
The racket was first advertised in the Badminton Gazette January 1924. They continued to advertise it until April 1926. The racket was made of aluminium alloy and was strung with a single strand of steel wire. It was priced in 1924 at 30 shillings (£1.50) and for 32 shillings you could purchase it with a special leather grip. This was one of the first rackets to have a leather handle grip.
The racket was not a success, one of the main reasons was probably that so much damage was done to the shuttlecocks by the metal strings.
Photo: – Geoff Hinder.
This racket and many more can be seen at the National Badminton Museum, National Badminton Centre, Bradwell Road, Loughton Lodge, MILTON KEYNES MK8 9LA