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Celebrate the achievement of Australia Rugby with this handcrafted vintage leather ball commemorating the history of the team. Created by Gilbert Rugby using the traditions that reach back nearly 200 years the Wallaby Vintage ball is made of premium leather using the same techniques that William Gilbert used all those years ago in Rugby.
The beautifully embossed logo and text champions a team known for its skill and determination. Shipped in its superb wooden presentation case, packed with authentic wood straw,this ball will become a family heirloom. Limited in number, these balls are exclusive to Vintage Sports.com. They are a must have for any lover of Australia and would look equally compelling in your home, office, clubhouse, bar or boardroom.
The Vintage Wallaby ball also makes for a fine rugby gift. It comes ready to give in it's luxury wooden presentation case.
While rugby had been in the country throughout the 1800s, it was not until nearly the turn of the century (1899) that Australia's national team played its first match and ushered in a legacy that today describes a team in the top of the world's stage for Rugby Union.
Since 1823 Gilbert has been the manufacturer of choice for the global sport of rugby. they are, without question, the world's finest rugby ball manufacturer. The sport of rugby and the Gilbert company were both founded in the town of Rugby, Warwickshire, England. Gilbert continues to manufacture leather rugby balls using the same techniques first used by William Gilbert (1799-1877) when he was making balls for the players of Rugby School.
The official catalog of the Prince Albert’s 1851 Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, held at the Crystal Palace, has William Gilbert listed as exhibitor No. 187. The company’s listing, “Footballs of leather dressed expressly for the purpose” makes for a powerful brand statement even today. Now an innovative powerhouse in world sport, Gilbert continues to espouse the values that established the business nearly 200 years ago.
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