Late 18th - early 19th century business card or trade card. Inscription reads, "George Wheeler / CRICKET BAT / and / PATTERN MAKER / 196 / Brick Lane / White-Chaple. / WNewman Sc 27 Wide-Gate Street Bifhopsgate.". Inscription surrounded by images of domestic items, a cricket wicket, two balls, a shoe, and two cricket bats. The bats illustrate the transitional nature of this period for bat making. The one to the right seems to be a wedge-shaped bat, probably a late 18th century style, reflecting the phase between the curved bat style from pre-1770, and the one-piece straight bat seen to the left, which was seen in the early decades of the 19th century, until the 1830s, when it was superseded by the two piece, 'splice handle' bat, a variant of which is still used today. Writing on reverse reads, "A.Baer Collection no.603 [sig] A. Baer.", also inscription reads, "Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield / Exhibition of Two Centuries of Cricket Art / Title 'George Wheeler's Trade Card' / Artist Unknown / No, 159".
0 - Whole: H: 104 W: 135 D: 14mm (H: 4 1/8 W: 5 5/16 D: 9/16")
George Wheeler Cricket Bat and Pattern Maker
Kindly donated to the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum by Anthony Baer