Miniature cricket bat, autographed by Jack Hobbs - 1928/29

Object Type
Civic mementoes/Souvenir/Bat/Miniature
Date Used
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Object Detail

Brief Description
Short, fat, rounders-bat-like miniature cricket bat with black twine grip and blue biro inscription on the back reading '1928-29' and 'PRESENTED TO / MR J. ROGERSON / BY / MR JB. HOBBS'. The face features a black manufacturer's stamp at the top, reading 'JACK HOBBS LTD. / 59 FLEET STREET / LONDON.' Above this in the corners is written in pencil: 'PRESENTED / TO / (R? B?) ROGERSON' (the name is much clearer and seems to have been written over at a later date.) Beneath the manufacturer's stamp are 18 original, fairly faded signatures, which seem to have been inscribed in black-brown ink from a fountain pen, along faintly ruled lines. The signatures include those of D.R. Jardine; J.B. Hobbs, WR Hammond, G.Geary, and JC White, suggesting that the bat may have been presented to an Australian fan during the Marylebone Cricket Club tour to Australia in 1928/29.
0 - Whole: H: 338 W: 79 D: 40mm (H: 13 5/16 W: 3 1/8 D: 1 9/16")
Associated Event
Date Used
In storage
Registration No
Credit Line
Kindly donated to the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum in memory of Mr Bert Rogerson, Ballarat.


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Team lists for the 1928/29 match - and thus likely signatories - were: Ballarat XIII: J Huntley (c), Eric Mayo (vc), Percy Beames, Joe Stabernack (k), Bert Rogerson, T Tresize, Leigh Dunstan, Jack Trethowan, W Trethowan, Gordon Bennetts, H McIntyre, Jack Short, Albert Nylander MCC: Percy Chapman (c), Jack White, Douglas Jardine, Jack Hobbs, Ernie Tyldesley, E (Patsy) Hendren, Herb Sutcliffe, A P (Percy) Freeman, Phil Mead, Maurice Leyland, Les Ames (k)

- Nicholas J Cowell

Posted on 22-08-2021 01:43:27

Almost certainly from the match at Ballarat 9 and 11 Feb 1929. Joe Rogerson was a well-known local sportsman (but this time administrator) well known to Hobbs (see Sporting Globe Sat 4 Feb 1933 p 4). Joe's son Bert Rogerson was Ballarat captain in the next MCC visit in 1932/33.

- Nicholas J Cowell

Posted on 22-08-2021 01:41:07