STUNNING LARGE RARE NAPOLEONIC PRISONER OF WAR HAND CARVED NOVELTY CRICKET BAT PENCIL. This is an Extremely Rare Large Napoleonic Prisoner of War Hand Carved Novelty Cricket Bat Pencil, this would have been crafted circa 1800 making over 210 years old, it would have been crafted by a Napoleonic Prisoner of War as pieces of work like these were made to while away the time in captivity and also supplement the diet by trading them with the captors.
I believe this is carved from Mutton Bone. The sport of cricket has a known history beginning in the late 16th century.Having originated in south-east England, it became the country's national sport in the 18th century and has developed globally in the 19th and 20th centuries. A number of words are thought to be possible sources for the term "cricket". In the earliest definite reference, it was spelled creckett. The name may have been derived from the Middle Dutch krick(-e), meaning a stick; or the Old English cricc or cryce meaning a crutch or staff, or the French word criquet meaning a wooden post.
The Middle Dutch word krickstoel means a long low stool used for kneeling in church; this resembled the long low wicket with two stumps used in early cricket. According to Heiner Gillmeister, a European language expert of the University of Bonn, "cricket" derives from the Middle Dutch phrase for hockey, met de (krik ket)sen i.
It is more likely that the terminology of cricket was based on words in use in south-east England at the time and, given trade connections with the County of Flanders, especially in the 15th century when it belonged to the Duchy of Burgundy, many Middle Dutch words found their way into southern English dialects. The item "STUNNING RARE NAPOLEONIC PRISONER OF WAR HAND CARVED NOVELTY CRICKET BAT PENCIL" is in sale since Sunday, August 4, 2019.
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