Shanks Drake Bowling Green

Early 1950's Shanks Bowling Green Mower 10 blade cutting cylinder.
The mower was previously owned by the South London Bowling Club. There is an additional sporting connection in that W G Grace (1948-1915) was a founder member of the club formed in 1900, he was an amateur cricketer who helped the development of the sport and is widely considered one of its greatest ever players.
The rather unusual bakelite ball shaped handles are original and were designed to help manoeuvre the mower more easily with the palm of your hand.
The mowers name 'Drake' is of course after Francis Drake (1540-1596) an English sea captain who was reputedly playing bowls when he got word that the invading Spanish Armada were approaching, he apparently insisted on finishing his game of bowls!






Clive Gravett