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")
Jack Hobbs; 16 Dec 1882; 21 Dec 1963
Kindly donated to the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum in memory of Mr Bert Rogerson, Ballarat.