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

Held on Saturday & Sunday, 2nd & 3rd November 2019
at The Premier Inn (Fosse Park), Braunstone Lane East, Leicester LE3 2FW

Auction highlights:

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Lot 729. Warwick Armstrong. Victoria & Australia 1898-1922. Excellent mono cabinet card photograph of Armstrong, head and shoulders wearing a formal suit with button hole. Very nicely signed in black ink to the photograph 'Yours sincerely, W.W. Armstrong'. Photograph by T.W. Bolland of London.
Estimate £500/700
Hammer price: £1000

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Lot 1289. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1896. 33rd edition. Original hardback. Ex E.D.R. Eagar collection. The rare first issue of the original hard back.
Estimate £8000/12000
Hammer price: £11000

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Lot 322. 'There's Style' and 'Good for Fifty'. An extremely large Royal Doulton 'Black Boy' spittoon, entitled to one side 'There's Style' printed with a boy in red shirt and a floppy hat standing in front of his stumps in batting pose and to the other 'Good for Fifty' printed with a similar boy in batting pose at the wicket 7.5" tall. A very rare 'Black Boy' item. From a good collection of Black Boy ceramics being sold in this auction.
Estimate £800/1200
Hammer price: £3500

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Lot 649. Australian tour of England 1926. F. Gardner 1926. Excellent and original pen and indian ink, watercolour, gouache and crayon drawing depicting the route of the Australian team via New Zealand, Fiji, Honolulu and Canada to England and depicting in the main the English lion greeting the Australian kangaroo with torrential rain falling. The centre of the drawing features the ink signatures of the Australian touring team led by Captain Herbie Collins, the drawing signed to the top right hand corner 'F. Gardner'.
Estimate £1500/2500
Hammer price: £1500

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Lot 770a. West Indies C.C. 1939. Large original photograph of twelve members of the West Indian touring team, seated and standing in rows before a cricket pavilion. Three small cameo head and shoulders photographs of three more of the touring party are laid down to the image. The photograph, by Albert Wilkes & Son of West Bromwich, is laid down to official mount with title to top and players names to lower border. Signed to border by all sixteen members of the touring party. A rarely seen fully signed photograph.
Estimate £250/350
Hammer price: £520

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Lot 1500. 'Sketches of the Players'. William Dennison. London: Simpkin, Marshall and Co., Rudolph Ackermann, R. Dark [and others], 1846. Late 19th-century green morocco and marbled boards, gilt lettered spine, original printed buff wrappers bound in. First edition of the earliest collection of player biographies.
Estimate £2000/3000
Hammer price: unsold

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Lot 341. Cricket jug. Large attractive Westerwald cobalt blue stoneware cricket jug, moulded in relief with five cameo panels of a batsman, believed to be W.G. Grace, in different poses coloured in dark. The body decorated with vine and sprig decoration in cobalt blue on a grey background. The handle decorated with boater and boots. Approx 10.5" high. German circa 1890. Rare in this large and impressive shape.
Estimate £500/700
Hammer price: £900

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Lot 1128. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1879. 16th edition. Original paper wrappers. Neat replacement spine paper. Ink stamp to top of the front wrapper 'A. Dan Taylor. Flautist' and to title page a printed label with 'Alfred D. Taylor. Collector of Cricketana'. From a run of Wisdens from his library.
Estimate £300/400
Hammer price: £300

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Lot 235. Surrey C.C.C. 1903. Album page nicely signed in black ink by thirteen members of the Surrey team. Signatures are Hayes, Stedman, Lees, Holland, Richardson, Lockwood, Smith, Clode, Abel, Hayward, Davis, Nice and Gooder. Rare early signatures.
Estimate £150/250
Hammer price: £700

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Lot 527. Bryan Herbert Valentine. Kent, Cambridge University & England 1927-1948. M.C.C. tour of India & Ceyon 1933-34The Visit of M.C.C. to Jamnagar. December 1933. A large official photograph album with plain board covers, printed by 'Joshi & Vara, Jamnagar Photo Co.' presented to Valentine as a member of the team. The album comprises of a title page with printed details and to inside pages there are forty eight real photographs of the visit for the tour match.
Estimate £500/700
Hammer price: £1500

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Lot 1580. Arthur Owen Jones. Nottinghamshire C.C.C. & England 1892-1914. Two official silver match whistles used by Jones to referee International tour matches in Wales in 1906 and 1912. The first with engraved inscription to whistle 'South Africans v Glamorgan County at Cardiff. 31st October 1906. Referee A.O. Jones Esq' and the other 'Springboks v Glamorgan at Cardiff. A.O. Jones Esq. Referee. 17-10-12'.
Estimate £250/350
Hammer price: unsold

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Lot 378. 'For the Ashes 1938'. An attractive commemorative trophy produced for the England v Australia Test series held in England in 1938. A bronze metal figure of a kangaroo holding a cricket bat, mounted centrally on a white metal tray with title 'For The Ashes 1938' to rim of tray. 7.5" tall. Produced by British General Electric. A rare souvenir of the tour.
Estimate £300/500
Hammer price: £340

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