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This is a lovely example of a 'Perfect' bat. Made in London from English Willow by Stuart Surridge in around 1960. The Wellington trademark bat has faint text that reads Stuart Surridge 'Perfect' and still holds a piece of its "special select" sticker across the back. The 'Perfect' has a Trade Mark Wellington, Patent Reinforced Toe no. 19386/28, and is a Rapid Driver model. Great for display on a wall, case, or photo-shoot. Ships free. Some cracks and dings on the blade and the string on the handle is not 100% but this bat is the real item. This item was acquired in London in 2018 and shipped to our HQ in Birmingham, Alabama.
In 1867 Stuart Surridge’s grandfather, Percy Stuart Surridge, began renovating cricket bats. The hobby led to a business and soon Surridge was making his own bats from the willow trees that grew on his land.
In 1893 Surridge patented the first reinforced toe in a cricket bat. It was one of England's best selling bats at the time. Percy's grandson, Stuart Surridge, became one of the most successful Surrey Captains, bringing home the national championship title in five consecutive five years.