Grays of Cambridge – Lillywhites Bellyboard

What a corker! So this, in many ways, could be the collector’s dream. It certainly had me shaking when I found it. Made by Grays of Cambridge (makers of mainly rackets and bats – as per my earlier posts) and sold by Lillywhites of Piccadilly, London. Proving that Lillywhites obviously sold boards by many makers. But, unfortunately neither the store nor museum seem to know when it was made.

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This doesn’t have the painted Lillywhites branding like my other boards, just a stamp from the store (see below). The colour on this one is a minty green, with a touch of blue. I think it’s from the 60s and will try to confirm with Grays whether they know what date range they were using the below transfer. I remember seeing this on my parents’ old rackets (not sure they were ever used by them?) as a kid in the early 70s.

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It’s a really lovely board, made just as well as all the other Grays boards. Real quality. And the paint has weathered beautifully. If you look closely at the full length picture it has an eggshell white bottom half an inch. This is obviously original and it looks great.

The board is 47.5 inches long, 11.5 inches wide at the top, down to 11 inches at the bottom and 8mm thick (ply of course), a slightly different size to many others and a good weight. It has a good rocker, not too harsh and is an all round winner!!

Read more about Grays produced boards on the site, they all seem to be lovely.

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