1864 patent for cricket bat

Here’s a patent for a cricket bat, filed in 1864 by Philip Caminoni of New York. Coincidentally (or not), John Wisden also published his first Almanack in 1864.

The bat is described as “a circular, oval, or polygonal frame, made of wood of any other suitable material and covered by a piece of parchment or of thin and elastic skin of an ass, swine, or other animal, similar to the skin used for drum heads.”

But looking at it below…what game were they playing back then?

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