“The First Set” (STG 172). This is a 4* rarity in the Sprake reference. It shows a Victorian tennis scene in fashionable attire, full of colour – players through to spectators. The 19 title trade label version is sub-sectioned by Godden to 19b, therefore of the period 1881. The card mount is variant B which ran from 1879 to 1888. Although later versions, into the 20th century, have been seen the subject was not as popular as may have been expected because copies are very rare. Examples such as this are even rarer where the mount is excellent and the silk fine, with all the colours just as they were originally produced.