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

Held on Saturday & Sunday, 6th & 7th July 2019
at The Premier Inn (Fosse Park), Braunstone Lane East, Leicester LE3 2FW

Auction highlights:

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Lot 36. Percy Holmes and Herbert Sutcliffe. Yorkshire. 'Record Makers'. Original large mono advertising card of Holmes and Sutcliffe standing full length wearing 'Style 555 Wetherdair "Olympix" Weather Coats' standing in front of a scoreboard showing their record opening partnership of 555 for Yorkshire in 1932. Signed in ink to the image by both Holmes and Sutcliffe. 16"x20"
Estimate £250/350
Hammer price: unsold

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Lot 605. 'Cricketers from the Golden Age'. Excellent collection of eleven silk place mats with ivory fringe, each place mat has a hand painted, in natural colours, of a leading cricketer of the day. The players featured are F.S. Jackson , Lord Hawke, G. McGregor, C.B. Fry, A.E. Stoddart, A.C. Maclaren, W.G. Grace, W.W. Read, A.G. Steel, O.G. Radcliffe and J.R. Mason. The mats were produced in 1890 and each measure 6.75" with fringe. Previously sold at the M.C.C. Bicentenary Auction held at Lord's Cricket Ground on the 13th April 1987 as lot 636.
Estimate £1000/1500
Hammer price: unsold

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Lot 1577. 'W. Duthoit's Yorkshire Cricketers' Guide for 1878'. Published by W. Duthoit of Leeds. Original pink wrappers. A rare publication.
Estimate £700/1000
Hammer price: £650

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Lot 778. Cecil George 'Cec.' Pepper. New South Wales, Australian Services & Commonwealth 1938-1957. 'Australian Professionals Cricket Club 1949'. Green baggy green cap, by Foster of London, with large wired image of a kangaroo to front with wording again, in wire, 'Australian Professionals Cricket Club 1949' above and below. A rare cap.
Estimate £400/600
Hammer price: £1150

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Lot 977. 'The Somerset Stumpers'. Superb 'Golden Age' sepia photograph of the three Somerset wicket keepers, Arthur Edward Newton (1891-1914), Reverend Archibald Palmer Wickham (1891-1907) and Henry Martyn (1901-1908), all in wicket keeping pose at individual wickets at Taunton circa 1905. Signed by all three stumpers.
Estimate £400/600
Hammer price: £490

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Lot 1122. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1898. 35th edition. Original hardback. Very good condition. A rare early hardback edition with gilt titles bright. (This auction includes over 370 lots of the Almanack.)
Estimate £5000/7000
Hammer price: £4500

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Lot 45. M.C.C. tour of Australia 'Bodyline' 1932/33. Fourth Test. Brisbane. Two pairs of joined album pages, one signed by all seventeen members of the M.C.C. touring party and the other by the twelve members of the Australian team who played England in the 4th Test played at Brisbane 10th-16th February 1933.
Estimate £500/800
Hammer price: £1400

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Lot 853. Victorian Cricket Jug. A large and impressive 19th Century Staffordshire jug with the body decorated in cream glaze with central figures of a batsman stood next to a wicket with a bowler or fielder stood to the side, decorated above with the Prince of Wales feathers within a looped cartouche, strap handle to side. Approximately 8" tall. (From a good collection of ceramics and metalware being sold in this auction.)
Estimate £300/400
Hammer price: £360

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Lot 1624. 'Rules and Instructions for playing at the Game of Cricket ... to which is subjoined the Laws and Regulations of Cricketers...' Thomas Boxall. London: Harrild and Billing, c.1802. Second edition, second issue, of the first practical treatise on the game, two parts in one volume, the second part containing the laws. 92pp. Lacking frontispiece. Rare.
Estimate £3000/5000
Hammer price: unsold

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Lot 587, 588 and 589. George Murray Royle. Nottinghamshire 1871-1881 (three matches). Two very early original scrapbook albums compiled by Royle, one titled 'C.C.C. From 1864 and 1874'. 'C.C.C.' refers to the Nottinghamshire Commercial Cricket Club who played their home matches at Trent Bridge. The albums comprise press cuttings with Royle's own scores and references to Royle in match reports underlined by him in red ink, also handwritten scorecards and summaries of Royle's own batting performances and averages each year recorded in his own neat hand. Includes matches against Paris in France in 1864 and the visit of the Australian Aboriginals in 1868. Royle played in both matches. Two cricket balls from the selection including a ball used in the Paris match are also being sold in this auction as lots 588 and 589.
Estimate £400/600
Hammer price: £500

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Lot 1623. 'New Articles of the Game of Cricket, as settled and revised at the Star and Garter, Pall-Mall, February, 1786; by a Committee of Noblemen and Gentlemen of Kent, &c, to which is added the Old Laws, as settled by the several Cricket Clubs'. London: H. Turpin (publisher), 1786. 2 parts in one volume, 24pp. including 2p. rear ads and final blank. Lacking all but a fragment of the folding engraved frontispiece. A very rare and early book. Ex M.C.C. Library.
Estimate £6000/8000
Hammer price: unsold

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Lot 634. 'Portraits of Alfred Mynn, Esqr. and N. Felix Esqr. taken just previous to their playing the return single match for the Championship of England at Bromley, Kent. Septr. 29th 1846'. Large excellent lithograph of the two players, one holding a bat, the other a ball after Nicholas Felix, drawn on stone by C. Cousens and printed by C. Graf, highlighted with colour. Published by Messrs Bailey Brothers of Cornhill, London. A rare and famous image.
Estimate £700/1000
Hammer price: unsold

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