Vintage Wisden Exceller Cricket Bat

Antique John Wisden & Co Pre 1970

Place of Origin: Made in England
Date of Manufacture: Unknown but certainly before 1970
Materials: Willow
Condition: Excellent, consistent with age and use
Authentic Original Cricket Bat

"Wisden Penshurst Kent"
"Wisden Autograph"

John Wisden – a.k.a. “the Little Wonder” or "the Cardinal" – was a well known English cricketer of the mid-nineteenth century. Wisden sold sports equipment from his London store before becoming the publisher of the Wisden Almanack in 1864.

In the 1850's he began selling cricket gear to England's cricket stars through his new company, John Wisden and Co. By 1855, Wisden was regarded as one of the leading multi-sports equipment brand in England. If you are visiting London take a moment to visit the original Wisden shop at 21 Cranbourn Street sign where the old store sign still visible.

Wisden grew into a major international sports brand, receiving a Royal Warrant in 1911 as "Athletic Outfitters to the King". With the onset of war the business entered bankruptcy proceedings in 1939, and was eventually acquired by Grays of Cambridge (now Gray Nicolls) in 1970 when Grays stopped using the Wisden brand for bats, but re-established John Wisden & Co as the publisher of the Cricketers' Almanack. John Wisden died in London 5 April 1884.

This antique cricket bat was acquired In London England, by Vintage in 2018 and ships from our facility in the United States.