Category: Cricket - Antique
Vintage Lambert's Cricket Bat.
A willow cricket bat with good colour and strung grip made by Walter Lambert & Sons. The blade is embossed 'Lambert's, Treble Spring, 'Specially Selected', Makers Walter Lambert & Sons Ltd., Nelson England'. It also has a facsimile autograph of 'L. Constantine' the West Indies XI cricketer.
Learie Nicholas Constantine, Baron Constantine, (21 September 1901 - 1 July 1971) was a West Indian cricketer, lawyer and politician who served as Trinidad's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and became the UK's first black peer. He played 18 Test matches before the Second World War and took the West Indies' first wicket in Test cricket. An advocate against racial discrimination, in later life he was influential in the passing of the 1965 Race Relations Act in Britain. He was knighted in 1962 and made a life peer in 1969.
Born in Trinidad, Constantine established an early reputation as a promising cricketer, and was a member of the West Indies teams that toured England in 1923 and 1928. Unhappy at the lack of opportunities for black people in Trinidad, he decided to pursue a career as a professional cricketer in England, and during the 1928 tour was awarded a contract with the Lancashire League club Nelson. He played for the club with distinction between 1929 and 1938, while continuing as a member of the West Indies Test team in tours of England and Australia. Although his record as a Test cricketer was less impressive than in other cricket, he helped to establish a uniquely West Indian style of play. He was chosen as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1939.