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

Held on Saturday & Sunday, 11th & 12th November 2017
at The Premier Inn (Fosse Park), Leicester LE3 2FW

Saturday 11th: Cricket Memorabilia

Sunday 12th: Wisden Cricketers’ Almanacks, Football & Sporting Memorabilia

Auction highlights:

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Lot 114. William Lambert. Surrey, Kent, Sussex & Hampshire 1801-1817. Oxfordshire Cricket Club 1849. Original and unique printed admission ticket presumably for a social event/function held by the Club in 1849. The card features an attractive mono engraving of a cricketer wearing period cricket attire. The surrounding oval border incorporates the printed title 'Oxfordshire Cricket Club' with 'Tuesday 1849 Nov'r 6th' annotated in ink in Lambert's hand, and has been signed to the lower corners in ink by William Lambert and one other, possibly W.T. Lowndes. A very rare and important piece of early cricket ephemera from the early development of the game, signed by a famous cricketer of the time.
Estimate £1200/1800
Hammer price: £1700

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Lot 722. Herbert Jenner. Eton, Cambridge 1825-1827 (Cambridge captain in the first-ever Varsity Match), Kent, MCC and the Gentlemen. MCC President 1833. A George III 18 carat gold presentation snuff box, by John Linnit, London 1817, in rectangular form, engine turned decoration, with a raised rectangular cartouche depicting the crest of the Jenner family, the interior inscribed, 'Presented by the Members of The West Kent Cricket Club to Herbert Jenner Esq.' This is a early unique personal item associated with one of the great amateur players and administrators of cricket's early history, a team-mate and opponent of Pilch, Felix, Lillywhite, Alfred Mynn etc.
Estimate £4000/6000
Hammer price: £unsold

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Lot 612. William Clulow Sim. 'The Log of the "Old Un" from Liverpool to San Francisco: dedicated without permission, to the members of the English cricketing eleven, who visited America and Canada in 1886. a plain unvarnished "Log", a simple tribute of regard that the "Old Un" hopes will be accepted, in recollection of many pleasant days on land and sea'. Printed for private circulation. H.S. Eland, Printer, Exeter 1887. With a real photograph of Arthur Rhodes Cobb, sitting wearing cricket attire with a bat and trophy on table next to him, laid down to the inside front board. and inscribed 'With the Old Un's kindest regards. William C. Sim, April 1887', also with the ownership signature of C.I.S. Wallace 1944 and letter regarding the book. A very rare tour book signed by the author.
Estimate £8000/12000
Hammer price: £25000

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Lot 249. George Gibbons Hearne. Kent & England, 1875-1895. 'The Diaries of George Hearne written on W.W. Read's tour to South Africa 1891-1892'. Small one hundred and fourteen page full leather maroon diary and, follow on, black lined page diary with metal clip containing twenty five pages of the diary, handwritten by Hearne in pencil, covering the majority of the tour to South Africa. A wonderful account of the voyage to South Africa, arriving at Cape Town and commencing the hectic schedule of matches, often travelling through the night and in all weathers to fulfil the tour commitments, the continual social events of banquets, suppers and smoking concerts making compelling reading. A unique account of the tour by a member of the touring party.
Estimate £3000/5000
Hammer price: £3200

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Lot 372. John Arlott. The original grey Olivetti Studio 44 manual typewriter, previously owned by John Arlott, on which he wrote many of his cricket, sporting and other articles over the many years of his journalistic career. With his poetic phraseology, Arlott became an iconic cricket commentator noted for his 'wonderful gift for evoking cricketing moments' by the BBC.
Estimate £200/300
Hammer price: £150

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Lot 607. 'The Cricketing Record of Major Warton's Tour. 1888-1889'. Published by Charles Cox, Port Elizabeth 1889. Original publisher's orange cloth boards with later matching spine paper and title label fitted. 219 pages with fourteen full page lithographic engraved portraits of the players including Warton, the Manager and Charles Aubrey Smith, the Captain. A scarce book from this early first tour of South Africa.
Estimate £4000/6000
Hammer price: £4000

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Lot 723. Sir Charles Aubrey Smith. Cambridge University, Sussex & England, 1882-1896. Attractive gold plated open faced pocket watch with engraved circular image of Aubrey Smith wearing Sussex cap with 'C.A. Smith' and 'Sussex' to sides. The pocket watch made by the Elgin National Watch Company, Chicago, U.S.A. with inside registration number '11271913' for the production year of 1905.
Estimate £300/400
Hammer price: £1200

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