30th August 2016
This Cricket Bat made c.1750 comes to us from the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum at Lord’s and surprisingly was created for use by a left-hander.
First mentioned in 1624, Cricket had evolved into a popular spectator sport by the eighteenth century. This solid wood bat has a twine wrapped handle and off-centre ridge on the blade. Its slightly curved blade was an advancement from early bats that were curved almost like a hockey stick, to accommodate the underarm bowling style. As the sport evolved and became more regulated, bats developed into today’s recognisable style.
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