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Pair of wicket keeper's leather gloves

2006.0083.0005

Pair of wicket keeper's leather gloves

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Physical description

Pair of wicket keeper's leather gloves with yellow hand and brown gauntlet sections, well padded on inside of each wrist. There is one yellow leather strap with a metal buckle for adjustment on back of each glove at the wrist. The left glove features a manufacturer's label in green text on white, which reads: "RECOMMENDED BY / Wally Grout Aust. XI / Len Maddocks Aust. XI / Gil Langley Aust. XI / AUSTRALIA'S LEADING KEEPERS" with a logo of triangle and letters "S / MG". The right glove features two labels, one in green on white "PERFECT TEST / DESIGNED BY / Bert Oldfield / A.I.F. / N.S.W. / AUST. XI / MADE BY / STOKES McGOWN / PTY LTD / N.S.W. AUSTRALIA" with an illustration of a male cricket player to the left, and one in red on white "WORLDS RECORD / TEST MODEL". The palms of the gloves are covered with black rubberised material which is worn in places.

Statement of significance

The Swan Richards collection consists of seven items relating to Australian cricket in the twentieth century. It includes Bill O'Reilly's NSW Sheffield Shield blazer, Rod Marsh's wicket keeping gloves and one day international cap, Greg Chappell's Australian Test cap and cricket bat and Wally Grout's wicket keeping gloves and world record 8-catch ball mounted as a trophy.

Robert 'Swan' Richards, a well known cricket identity and recipient of the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, collected these objects during his career as a cricket bat maker and businessman. The items in the collection relate to the history of Australian cricket from the end of the Second World War to the 1980s. During these five decades cricket changed immensely, from a game played by amateur sportsmen to one played by professional sportsmen in a commercial atmosphere.

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