Glove for Ancient Game of Jeu de Tamis
This is a great old piece in the evolution of rackets, a leather glove attached to a turtle shell, with thick vellum on the ball-striking side. The game was played in open air, the serve initiated by throwing the ball hard against a tilted mesh sieve (tamis in French). The sieve was slanted, supported by three legs, one longer than the other two. The game is said to be a predecessor of modern tennis, originated in the 15th century, and is still played in some parts of France and Flanders.