Auction of Cricket, Wisden Cricketers' Almanacks, Football and Sporting Memorabilia

Including the impressive cricket collection of
the late Michael Smith of Kent (part seven)
and a collection of cricket paintings by artist Gerry Wright

Held on Saturday & Sunday, 7th & 8th July 2018
at The Premier Inn (Fosse Park), Leicester LE3 2FW

Saturday 7th: Cricket Memorabilia

Sunday 8th: Wisden Cricketers' Almanacks, Cricket Books, Football & Other Sporting Memorabilia

Please note from January 2018 our buyer's premium will be 20% + VAT

Auction highlights:

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Lot 652. Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. 'P.G.H. Fender- Directs Operations'. Charles Ambrose c1920's. Excellent original pen and ink, highlighted with chalk, drawing of Fender, wearing cricket attire, in the field with shirt collar up, pointing and organising the field. From the Percy Chapman archive being sold in this auction.
Estimate £200/300
Hammer price: £400

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Lot 414. Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Caught it- Three Men'. Large original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a full length study of a catch being taken by first slip with the wicket keeper looking on and the batsmen still playing the shot, with crowd and stands to background. From a collection of paintings by Gerry Wright being sold in this auction.
Estimate £150/250
Hammer price: £120

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Lot 673. 'Clapton Cricket Club. Matches 1845 - [1853]'. Very early and original red leather bound scorebook for the club with titles in gilt to front cover. The scorebook appears to record thirty matches played in the period 1845 to 1853 by Clapton, the majority from 1845 to 1847, with matches played against Haileybury, Dulwich (Union), Oxford & Cambridge Universities (combined XII), Cambridge Quidnuncs, Blackheath Dartmouth, Montpelier Club, Surry [Surrey] Club etc. Some notable players took part in these matches including four of the Walker (of Southgate) brothers, William Nicholson, Thomas Sherman, Edmund Reeves, William Denison, George Brockwell (Uncle of William), Frederick Caesar (Brother of Julius), Charles Gordon, Thomas Craven and appearing in two of the matches and playing for Blackheath Dartmouth, Nicholas Felix (Wanostrocht) scoring 43 runs against Clapton in July 1845 and scoring 96 not out for Blackheath against Clapton in July 1846.
Estimate £1800/2500
Hammer price: £1400

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Lot 1222. Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 1897. 34th edition. Original hardback. Very good condition throughout with bright gilt titles. A rare early hardback edition.
Estimate £8000/10000
Hammer price: £10,000

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Lot 1322. 'The Cricketer's Companion; containing the scores of the principal matches of cricket, played at Lord's and other grounds in the Season 1844'. William Denison. Published by Sherwood and Co of London 1845 'and sold by W. Clement Jun'. Original green cloth with gilt titles.
Estimate £2000/3000
Hammer price: £1800

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Lot 483. Cricket magic lantern slides. A large collection of over three hundred glass magic lantern slides of cricket interest including those devoted to the development and history of the game, views of grounds worldwide, portraits of county and Test teams, individual players and groups, some coloured, the majority mono. Players and teams featured on the slides include W.G. Grace, Barnes, Ranji, Lockwood, Barlow, Stoddart, Townsend, Noble, Trumper, Hirst, Spofforth, Fry, William Gunn, Hornby, Jessop, Lohmann, Hawke, Briggs etc. The slides are accompanied by lecture notes to which the images on the slides were the illustrations and two magic lanterns.
Estimate £500/800
Hammer price: £2600

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Lot 733. Victorian cricket clock. Large and impressive Victorian brass mantel clock, the circular dial with roman numerals and mounted on a set of cricket stumps with bails. With leaning bat to each side, each with copper wire handle. The rectangular base mounted with a pair of wicket keeping gloves and a cricket ball. 7.75" tall. Very good condition. A rarely seen cricketing clock. A similar clock was presented to R.G. Barlow and is pictured in his book 'Forty Season of First-Class Cricket'. R.G. Barlow 1908.
Estimate £300/500
Hammer price: £700

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