The Cricket Collection of Michael Smith, Cricket Lover of Kent. Part Three

Michael Smith was an avid and passionate cricket collector from Kent. He has been ranked a 'having one of the finest- possibly the finest collection of caps, blazers and items worn by top Test cricketers'. Michael held a formidable treasure-trove of all things cricket particularly favouring items of a remarkable and of a personal nature. Explaining his passion Michael once said that the majority of his items '.... either help revive wonderful memories or make me feel somehow in touch with the greats I have never seen'. The family hope that these items will be enjoyed by collectors with equal passion.

Lot 224:
Lot 224
M.C.C. tour of South Africa 1906. Excellent original menu for the 'Complimentary Banquet to the M.C.C. and South African teams at the Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town, 3rd April 1906'. The folding card menu with highly colourful decorative covers featuring the emblem of the Western Province Cricket Union to centre with two maidens holding a salver above with a peacock sitting resplendently, titles to centre. To inside pages are the Menu, wines and Toast List and to back cover a listing of the music to be played. Printed by the 'Cape Times Ltd'. An early menu from the inaugural M.C.C. tour of South Africa. Good/very good condition
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £130
In this first tour captained by Pelham Warner, South Africa won four of the five Tests played, England's only success was the fourth Cape Town Test.
Lot 225:
Lot 225
M.C.C. tour of South Africa 1906. Excellent original menu for the 'Dinner to the M.C.C. Cricket Team, Humwood Hotel [Port Elizabeth], 21st February 1906'. The folding card menu with decorative cover featuring illustrations of a cricketer and a match in progress. To inside pages are the Toast List and menu, to back cover a listing of the music to be played. An early menu from the inaugural M.C.C. tour of South Africa. Some creasing and wear, otherwise in generally good condition
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 225a:
Lot 225a
'Danish Cricket Team 1926'. Excellent original menu for the 'Dinner to celebrate the first visit of the Danish Cricket Team to the City of Leicester on June 25th 1926'. The folding card decorative menu with covers featuring the Union Jack emblem with titles, printed in blue, below. 'Chairman Mr A.E.S. Carpenter'. To inside pages are the Menu and Toast List and to back cover a listing of the music to be played. An early menu from the first visit by the Denmark cricket team. Some age toning, minor pin holes to corner and paper clip mark otherwise in very good condition. Rarely seen menu - cricket
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £35
Lot 226:
Lot 226
Don Bradman. Official menu for 'A Luncheon and Presentation to Don Bradman'. Savoy Hotel, London. September 20th 1948. Four page menu with gold tassle, with title to front cover and colour Australian emblem to top of cover. To inside front cover, the menu, details of speakers and presentation of an antique silver replica of the Warwick Vase to Don Bradman. To opposite page a colour photograph of Bradman. Minor age toning to the menu otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £130/160
Hammer price: £110
Lot 227:
Lot 227
Somerset Cricket Club 1935. Original handbill printed on pink paper, for 'Somerset Cricket Club versus St. George's Cricket Club [Bermuda] Annual Cup Match', Royal Naval Cricket Ground, Somerset, 1st-2nd August 1935. The handbill states that 'This contest started 33 years ago and has grown to be the biggest and best sporting event in the Colony'. Records show that the match was played annually from 1902 to 1990, although the result and who took part in this match is not known. The handbill is laid down to paper, Overall 8.75"x11.25". Wear and some loss to edges, with some light fading, generally in good condition. Rare
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £130
Lot 228:
Lot 228
Albert Craig. 'Cricket Rhymester' c1898. Original single page broadsheet of a poem by Craig titled 'A Prince Amongst Batsmen. Arthur Shrewsbury'. Below the poem is printed a list of Shrewsbury's achievements 1887-1898. To verso an advertisement for F.H. Ayres cricket equipment. Horizontal and vertical folds, minor wear to page edges, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £100
Lot 229:
Lot 229
Albert Craig. 'Cricket Rhymester' 1903. Original single page broadsheet of a poem by Craig titled 'Sussex v Gloucester at Brighton, Whit-Monday, June 1st 1903'. Above the title are printed cameo photographs of 'Prince Ranji', captain of Sussex, and 'The Gov'nor', Gilbert Jessop, captain of Gloucestershire. To verso an advertisement for F.H. Ayres cricket equipment. Split cleanly to horizontal fold, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/80
Hammer price: £85
The match Sussex v Gloucestershire played at Hove, 1st-3rd June 1903 was drawn. For Gloucestershire, Jessop scored 286 in their only innings. Following on, Ranjitsinhji scored 162no
Lot 230:
Lot 230
Berwickshire v Kent 1925. Original poster advertising a 'Grand Cricket Match', Berwickshire & District v Kent, Pier Field, Berwick-on-Tweed, 10th & 11th September 1925. 20"x24.5". Horizontal and vertical folds, some tears and wear to edges, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £140
Kent, on tour to the North and Scotland, won the match by 255 runs. In the twelve-a-side match Kent fielded a strong team including Knott, Mitchell, Woolley, Hardinge, Wright, Freeman, Cornwallis etc. In Berwickshire's second innings, Freeman for Kent took ten out of the eleven wickets
Lot 231:
Lot 231
'Kent County v Hawick & Wilton' 1925. Original poster advertising a 'Grand Cricket Match', Buccleuch Park, 12th September 1925. 22"x34.5". Horizontal and vertical folds, tears and wear to folds, some loss to top right corner
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: unsold
Having played at Berwick on 10th & 11th September, Kent appear to have been on tour to the North and Scotland, however no record of this game can be found
Lot 231a:
Lot 231a
Warwickshire C.C.C. 'Gate Receipts 1952-58'. Original large and heavy ledger book bound in leather with gilt titles. Each page typed with the records of the day's takings, attendances in individual stands with the names of the gatemen at each turnstile, scorecard sales, car park receipts, cushion hire, and comments on the day's play such as weather conditions etc. Matches covered include County Championship, Test matches, touring matches, Second XI matches, benefit games, friendlies etc played at Edgbaston and out grounds. Examples include Warwickshire v Australia 1953 (attendance 10975 day 1, 6632 day 2, 4416 day 3, match drawn), v Pakistan 1954 (6925 day 1, 4545 day 2, 'Nil' day 3, match abandoned due to rain), v South Africa 1955 (8697 day 1, 6857 day 2, 2132 day 3, South Africa won by ten wickets), v Australia 1956 (9738 day 1, 6860 day 2, 1746 day 3, Australia won by an innings and 127 runs). England v West Indies, first Test 1957 (total takings over £27,000) etc. Accompanying notes describe how the ledger was rescued from a skip. A fascinating and unique record of Warwickshire cricket history for the period. Some wear to covers and small damage to spine, the internal pages in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £80
Lot 232:
Lot 232 Lot 232
Hampshire C.C.C. 1947. Unusual original 'Autographed Souvenir' folding card for the 'Sportsmen's Ball, Hampshire County Cricket Club Fund' held at the Guildhall, Southampton, 22nd April 1947. The front cover with printed titles and caricatures of various sportsmen including cricketer, tennis player, footballers, swimmer, boxers etc. Nicely signed to the centre pages in ink by eighteen Hampshire cricketers and seventeen Southampton footballers. Cricketers' signatures include Eager, Herman, Bailey, Knott, Arnold, McCorkell, Holt, Rogers, Heath etc. Also signed by S.J. Staples (Nottinghamshire & England 1920-1934) who coached Hampshire 1939-1948. Footballers' signatures include Dodgin, Warhurst, Webber, Horsfall, Rochford, Day, Smith, Lewis etc. Also signed by Alf Ramsey who played for Southampton 1946-1949. Some wear and ageing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £165
Lot 233:
Lot 233
Australia tour of England 1948. Official 'P&O Dinner menu' for the SS Strathaird, dated Tuesday 23rd March 1948, the ship that brought the touring team from Australia to England. Watercolour print of The Forth Bridge, by F.W. Baldwin to cover, menu and wine list to inside pages. Signed to back page in ink by seventeen players in Australian 1948 touring party and the Manager, Keith Johnson. Eighteen signatures in total, including Bradman, Hassett, Barnes, Miller, Ring, Morris, Brown, Harvey, Toshack, Lindwall, Johnston, Johnson, Hammence etc. Some staining and ageing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £300/500
Hammer price: £280
Lot 234:
Lot 234
West Indies tour of England 1950. Excellent original menu for the 'Dinner given by Eastbourne Corporation for the visit of the West Indies Cricket Touring Team'. The Dinner held at the Cavendish Hotel, Eastbourne on the 19th April 1950. The folding card decorative menu with colourful covers featuring the West Indian colours of maroon and green with titles, printed in green to either side. To inside pages are the Menu and Toast List plus printed caricatures of eight of the West Indies team members. The menu signed in ink and pencil by ten members of the team, lacking Worrell, seven signed next to their caricature plus the signatures of H.H.H. Johnson and Roy Marshall, both West Indian players playing for the opposition. Signatures include Goddard (Cpt), Marshall, Williams, Christiani, Rae, Gomez, Valentine, Ramadhin, Stollmeyer, Jones etc. The menu printed by Printer Ltd of Eastbourne. Very good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £90
The match played at Eastbourne on the 24th and 25th April 1950 was between L.C. Steven's XI and the West Indies tourists. The match finished in a draw, Gomez making 67 and Stollmeyer 50
Lot 235:
Lot 235 Lot 235
Surrey C.C.C. 'County Champions' 1954. Official menu for the Championship Dinner held at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane on 8th December 1954. Menu with mono photograph of the team to inside. Signed to inside pages in ink by Stuart Surridge and Douglas Jardine, and in pencil by Percy Fender and former captain, M.R. Barton. G/VG
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 236:
Lot 236
Australia tour to India 1956/57. Official menu for the 'Dinner to Australian Cricket Team and The Indian Test Team', held at the Corporation Stadium Pavilion, Madras on 20th October 1956. Menu with Madras Cricket Association emblem and colours to front cover. Menus, speakers and entertainments to centre pages, lists of the two teams to back cover. Australian wicket keeper, Len Maddocks' personal copy, his name inscribed in ink to front cover. Light horizontal fold, otherwise in good condition. Rare
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 237:
Lot 237
W.H. 'Bill' Jeanes. Official menu for the 'Dinner tendered by the South Australian Cricket Association to Mr. W.H. Jeanes, O.B.E. upon his retirement as Secretary'. Hotel Richmond, Adelaide. 31st March 1955. Four page menu with title S.A.C.A. emblem and colours to front cover. To inside pages, the menu and toast list. Rear cover signed by thirty three attendees, the majority in ink. Signatures include Don Bradman, Bill Jeanes, J.U. Jantke etc. Minor age toning to the menu otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: unsold
Bill Jeanes was manager and treasurer on the Australian tour to England in 1938
Lot 238:
Lot 238
Arthur Percy Frank Chapman. Kent & England 1924-1938. 'Oratory'. Six page handwritten speech on 'St Michael's Ascot, Berkshire headed paper in Chapman's hand. It is not known to whom the speech was made or what date but it begins 'Mr President and Gentlemen' and concludes with '...and may you, as a football club be only less successful than the Old Carthusians'. The greater part of the speech is devoted to Lord Tennyson 'whose genial bulk we miss at the festivities tonight'. Good content. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers in September 1980 as part of lot 59
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £110
Lot 239:
Lot 239
Andrew Sandham. Surrey & England 1911-1937. Original three page typed manuscript presumably for a newspaper or magazine article. Sandham describes the qualities required by opening batsmen, and how 'On more than sixty occasions I have been concerned with [Jack] Hobbs in first-wicket century partnerships... An opening batsman... might not even be a really outstanding batsman. But he must have the qualities of courage and confidence... Much depends on the degree of understanding of the opening pair'. Sandham lists self-confidence, a workmanlike style, the ability to use a variety of shots, concentration, and keen eyesight as examples of the qualities required. Nicely signed in ink 'A. Sandham' and dated to the top of the first page 20th April 1936. Light folds and some ageing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £60
Lot 240:
Lot 240
Henry Perkins. Cambridge University and Cambridgeshire 1854-1866. Early single page handwritten note, on M.C.C. headed paper, dated 28th April 1879, inviting Mr. F. Ellis to play 'for the Colts of England at Lord's on Monday May 12th & following days'. Signed in ink by Perkins. Perkins was Secretary of M.C.C. 1876-1897. Horizontal folds with tape reinforcement to inside pages. Ageing, otherwise in generally good condition. Rare
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £75
An M.C.C. XI played against twenty three 'Colts of England' at Lord's, 12th-13th May 1879, for whom F. Ellis played. Not much is known about Ellis, he is recorded as having played only one other match, a Yorkshire Colts match, also in 1879
Lot 241:
Lot 241 Lot 241
Charles Marriott. Oxford University 1870-1871. Early two page handwritten letter, dated 14th March 1889. Marriott is replying to a request for his autograph. 'Since 1887 I have not been Captain of the Leicestershire Eleven, but up to that time I was'. Nicely signed by Marriott. Tape repair slightly affecting the signature, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: unsold
Charles Marriott was captain of Leicestershire from 1879 to 1884, prior to the County achieving first class status in 1894. He served as President 1890-1893 and again 1903-1904
Lot 242:
Lot 242
Charles Henry Hulls. Somerset 1885 (one match). Official printed letter headed 'Lord's Cricket Ground' with attached 'List of Rules' confirming that Hulls has been elected a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club, having been proposed by A.J. Webbe (Middlesex & England) and seconded by C.W. Wright (Nottinghamshire & England). The letter is dated 12th May 1890 and signed in ink by Henry Perkins, Secretary of M.C.C. Tears to some folds, light foxing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £60
Lot 243:
Lot 243
Sri Lanka tour to United Kingdom 1981. Original brochure produced by the Sri Lanka Steering Committee for a fundraising Ball held at the Cunard International Hotel, London, 4th July 1981. Signed to the pen pictures on the centre pages by eighteen members of the Sri Lankan touring party. Signatures include Warnapura (captain), Ajit de Silva, Dias, Wettimuny, Mendis, Madugalle, Fernando, Ratnayake etc. Lacking the signature of S. de Silva. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £70
Lot 244:
Lot 244 Lot 244
M.C.C. tour of South Africa 1948/49. Official autograph sheet for the tour as issued in original blue folder with printed titles to front. The sheet signed by all seventeen members of the touring party. Signatures include Mann (captain), Griffith, Palmer, Hutton, Washbrook, Evans, Compton, Jenkins, Wright, Simpson, Crapp, Gladwin, Young etc. Minor foxing otherwise in excellent condition. A rare sheet in this complete form
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £190
Lot 245:
Lot 245
Edward Humphreys. Kent, Canterbury & M.C.C. 1899-1920. Sepia real photograph postcard of Humphreys in batting pose. Nicely signed in ink to the front by Humphreys. Published by Fisk-Moore, Canterbury. Some creasing, otherwise a good image
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £45
Lot 246:
Lot 246
Cloudesley Henry Bullock Marsham. Oxford University & Kent 1900-1922. Sepia real photograph postcard of Marsham in batting pose. Nicely signed in ink to the front by Marsham. Published by Foster of Brighton. Light creasing, otherwise a very good image
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
Marsham was captain of Kent 1904-1908
Lot 247:
Lot 247
Frank Edward Woolley. Kent & England 1906-1938. Mono postcard of a youthful Woolley in batting pose. Nicely signed in ink to the front by Woolley. Publisher unknown. Minor ageing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £50
Lot 248:
Lot 248
John Richard Mason. Kent & England 1893-1914. Mono postcard of Mason standing in cricket attire and blazer, bat under his arm. Signed in ink to the front by Mason. Excellent signature. Mockford of Tonbridge. Odd minor faults, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £70
Lot 249:
Lot 249
Norman Walter Harding. Kent 1937-1947. Mono real photograph postcard of Harding, three quarter length in cricket attire holding a cricket ball. Nicely signed in blue ink by Harding. Flemons of Tonbridge. Odd minor faults, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £25
Lot 250:
Lot 250
Leslie John Todd. Kent 1927-1950. Sepia real photograph postcard of Todd in batting pose. Nicely signed in ink by Todd. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £38
Lot 251:
Lot 251
Douglas Vivian Parson Wright. Kent & England 1932-1957. Mono real plain back photograph postcard of Wright, taken when captain of Kent, c1955, three quarter length in cricket attire. Nicely signed in blue ink by Wright. Flemons of Tonbridge. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £42
Wright was captain of Kent 1954-1956
Lot 252:
Lot 252 Lot 252
Kent C.C.C. c1960s. Four mono real photograph postcards of Kent players. Postcards are Bernard Julien, David Nicholls, Colin Page and Graham Johnson. Sold with a mono postcard of Alan Knott. All postcards signed in ink by the featured player. Qty 5. Odd faults, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £45
Lot 253:
Lot 253 Lot 253
'Sir Julian Cahn's Cricket Team, 1937'. Tour to Ceylon and Malaya. Mono advertising postcard for 'Viyella' cricket shirts and socks, featuring the team seated and standing in rows in cricket attire, printed title to top, and players' names to right margin. Signed in ink to verso by twelve members of the touring party. Signatures include Cahn, Morkel, Rhodes, Dempster, Maxwell, Rediick, Wolfe, Mudge etc. Published by 'The Times of Ceylon'. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £135
Lot 254:
Lot 254
Sussex C.C.C. c1920s. Mono real photograph postcard of G.R. Cox and M.W. Tate standing full length in cricket attire. Nicely signed in ink by both players. The photograph by Nias of Brighton. G/VG
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £40
Lot 255:
Lot 255
K.S. Duleepsinhji. Sussex & England 1924-32. Mono real photograph postcard of Duleepsinhji, full length, in blazer, standing in the outfield at Scarborough. Nicely signed in black ink to the photograph by Duleepsinhji. Walker's Studio of Scarborough. Very good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £110
Lot 256:
Lot 256
Yorkshire C.C.C. c1925. Excellent sepia postcard of Emmott Robinson and Maurice Leyland, full length in cricket attire and caps, Robinson leaning on a bat, at what appears to be the back of a pavilion. Signed in black ink by both players. Postcard series unknown. Good/very good condition. Rare
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £75
Lot 257:
Lot 257
Colin Fairservice. Kent & Middlesex 1929-1936. Mono cameo real photograph postcard of Fairservice, head and shoulders in cricket attire and blazer. Nicely signed in ink by Fairservice. Publisher unknown. G/VG
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £40
Lot 258:
Lot 258
Warren Bardsley. New South Wales & Australia 1903-1926. Sepia real photograph postcard of Bardsley, head and shoulders wearing Australia cap and blazer. Very nicely signed in ink by Bardsley. Publisher unknown. Minor ageing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £160
Lot 259:
Lot 259 Lot 259
Hampshire C.C.C. 1920. Sepia real photograph postcard of the Hampshire team, taken at Bournemouth, with stands and crowd in background. Signed to the verso in ink by eleven Hampshire players and G.H. Muir, Hon. Sec. Players' signatures include Remnant, Brown, Newman, Livsey, Kennedy, Barrett, Tennyson, McIntyre, Bates etc. Publisher unknown. No. 25. Good/ very good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £120
The signatures correspond to the Hampshire team that played Somerset at Dean Park, Bournemouth, 14th-17th August 1920. Somerset won the match by 180 runs. This match was one of only two appearances made by Frederick Bates for Hampshire (See lot 260)
Lot 260:
Lot 260
Somerset C.C.C. 1920. Sepia real photograph postcard of the Somerset team, taken at Bournemouth, with stands and crowd in background. Signed to the front in ink by eleven Somerset players and one official. Players signatures include Considine, MacBryan, White, Robertson-Glasgow, Braund, Robson, Lyon etc. Publisher unknown. No. 36. Good/ very good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £120
The signatures correspond to the Somerset team that played Hampshire at Dean Park, Bournemouth, 14th-17th August 1920. Somerset won the match by 180 runs (see lot 259)
Lot 261:
Lot 261
'Welcome! Australia. Illinois Cricket Association July 23, 24, 25, 26, 1932'. Souvenir tour brochure featuring photographs of the Australian team, Alan Kippax in batting pose, Kippax batting with Bradman at Lord's 1930, pen portraits, article on 'Googly' bowling by P.A. Vaile etc. Decorative front cover portraying a kangaroo adopting a boxing pose against a bald eagle. Bound in brown boards with gilt title to spine. Padwick 5327. Minor wear to wrappers otherwise in good/very good condition. Very rare
Estimate: £300/500
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 262:
Lot 262
South Africa 1947. Official souvenir brochure for the South African tour of England in 1947. Compiled by A.W. Simpson. Decorative covers. Signed to pen pictures by thirteen members of the touring party, signatures nicely signed in ink include Fullerton, Plimsoll, Nourse, Viljeon, Rowan, Tuckett, Begbie, Dyer, Dawson, Harris etc. Also signed to pen picture by Trevor Bailey of England. Minor wear and ageing otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £25
Lot 263:
Lot 263
'South African Season 1931-1932. Pocket Souvenir Program and Score Sheet'. Supplement to the Australian Cricketer. 20pp tour brochure. Highly decorative sepia wrappers. Pen pictures and biographies of the two teams, results and fixtures etc. Minor wear with to rear wrapper edge otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 264:
Lot 264
Sussex v Kent 1892. Early official printed scorecard for the match played at Hove on the 22nd-24th August 1892. The match was drawn. For Kent, Le Fleming made 134, Wright 70no, Patterson 66, Stewart 50 and Hearne took nine wickets in the match. For Sussex, Brann scored 105 and 101. Printed scores. Advertisements to verso. Minor creasing to corners, small nick to right edge, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/80
Hammer price: £90
Lot 265:
Lot 265
London County v Worcester Park Beagles 1901. Rare part printed scorecard for the match played at Crystal Palace on the 25th May 1901. C.B. Grace and W.G. Grace (Junior) played in the match for Worcester Park Beagles. Tape repair to verso, light creasing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £60
When W.G. Grace came to London in 1900 he joined the Worcester Park Beagles and also arranged cricket matches against them with his team, London County
Lot 266:
Lot 266 Lot 266
Australia tour to India 1959/60. Unusual scorecard in the form of a leaf-shaped fan attached to a wooden stick. The scorecard is for the third Test, India v Australia, Bombay, 1st-6th January 1960. The Australian team printed to one side, the Indian team to the verso with advertisements. Printed by the Vinay Calenday Co., Bombay. A novelty item for spectators to keep the score whilst cooling themselves in the heat. Some creasing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £60
The following fourteen lots are formerly the property of Robert Thoms and were sold by his descendents in October 1987 at Christies Auctioneers. Robert Arthur "Bob" Thoms (1826-1903) was a first-class cricket umpire who stood in two Test Matches, the first two played in England, in 1880 and 1882. His long umpiring career in first-class matches lasted from 1863 to 1900. When he died, The Times said that he was "the most famous umpire the game has known". He played in three first-class matches in the period 1850-1851: one for an Under 36 XI, one for Marylebone Cricket Club and Metropolitan Clubs and one for the All England Eleven. His umpiring partner in many of the more prominent matches was R.P. Carpenter
Lot 267:
Lot 267 Lot 267 Lot 267 Lot 267
Robert Arthur Thoms. Four page autographed handwritten memorandum written by Thoms 'For the Scottish Cricketers' Annual and Guide 1871'. The heading 'Rule XXIV. The Bane of Umpires'. Thoms comments on the fact that 'the leg before wicket query' is again to the fore' and argues for a change in the rule to allow a batsman to be given out LBW 'irrespective of the pitch of the ball'. In summary, he argues that 'the bat ought to play the ball, that is about to hit the wicket; and in a spirit of fairness, if the bowler, by extra spin or break-back, can beat the batsman, it seems but right that he should have the benefit of his skill- the more so, when the perfection to which grounds are now brought, is kept to mind, and the difficulty of making the ball 'do anything'. Added to this the now dashing style displayed by our great batsman of 'going to the ball' seems to place the bowler at a disadvantage...'. Signed by Thoms at the end of the letter and dated October 7th 1871. Sold with a further two page handwritten memorandum by Thoms with title 'Law 18. Wickets knocked down'. The memorandum relates to the law and begins 'The following important 'P[oint in the game' occurred in the match of Middlesex v Oxford University at Princes Ground on June 19th 1875'.... He mentions the two Captains on the day I.D. Walker and A.W Ridley and two 'brother' umpires Wilsher and lee. Two early memorandum's in Thoms hand and in very good condition. Previously sold in the Christie's auction of October 1987 as lot 378
Estimate: £180/250
Hammer price: £200
Lot 268:
Lot 268
Robert Arthur Thoms. 'Middlesex v Yorkshire 1876'. Original scorecard for the Middlesex v Yorkshire match played at the Princes Ground, Chelsea on the 25th-27th May 1876. Yorkshire won the match by three wickets. Yorkshire made 167 and Middlesex were bowled out for 82 in their first innings. In the Middlesex second innings they totalled 118 and Yorkshire, with a little scare, Hadow and Francis taking seven wickets between them, they scored the runs required finishing on 36-7. For Yorkshire, Greenwood made 43 and Hill 42 and Allen Hill took nine wickets in the match. For Middlesex, Webbe top scored with 34 in the first innings and in the second R.D. Walker made 46 and Hadow 41, Francis taking seven wickets in the match. The scorecard with printed detail appears to be complete up until towards the end of the second day. Thoms and Rowbotham officiated in the match. Rare to see a 'Princes Ground' scorecard. Minor foxing and horizontal fold otherwise in good/very good condition. Previously sold in the Christie's auction of October 1987
Estimate: £180/250
Hammer price: £180
Prince's Cricket Ground in Chelsea, London was a cricket ground, created by the brothers George and James Prince as part of the Prince's Club, on which 37 first-class matches were played between 1872 and 1878. The ground was built on in 1883. The boundaries of the site are marked by Cadogan Square West, Milner Street, Lennox Gardens Mews, Walton Street and Pont Street. The first match played on the ground was Household Brigade v. Lords and Commons on 3 June 1871. Middlesex County Cricket Club used the ground between 1872 and 1876 and played their first match on 23-25 May 1872 against Yorkshire.
Lot 269:
Lot 269
Robert Arthur Thoms. 'Middlesex v Yorkshire 1878'. Original scorecard for the Middlesex v Yorkshire match played at the Lord's Ground on the 18th-20th July 1878. Middlesex won the match by ninety runs. Middlesex made 196 and Yorkshire were bowled out for 143 in their first innings. In their second innings, Middlesex made 346 and Yorkshire were bowled out for 309. For Middlesex, Pearson made 84 in the first innings, Lyttelton 79 in the second and Pearson took eight wickets in the match. For Yorkshire, Roper top scored with 68 and Ulyett 57 in the second innings. The scorecard with printed detail up until the end of the first day. Thoms and Pinder officiated in the match. Folds, some wear and nicks with loss to border, printed area otherwise in good condition. A rare scorecard. Previously sold in the Christie's auction of October 1987
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £150
Lot 270:
Lot 270
Robert Arthur Thoms. 'England v Australia, The Oval 1880. The First Test Match to be played in England'. Original scorecard for the inaugural Test match, England v Australia, played at the Kennington Oval on the 6th-8th September 1880. England won the first Test match by five wickets. England made 420 and Australia were bowled out for 149 in their first innings. Australia following on in their second innings made 327 all out, and England won the test reaching their target of 57 for the loss of five wickets. For England, W.G. Grace made 152, Lucas 55, Lord Harris 52 and Fred Morley of Nottinghamshire took eight wickets in the match. For Australia, Murdoch made 153no in their second innings. The scorecard with fully printed detail. Thoms and Stephenson officiated in the match. The scorecard very loosely laid down at the top of the card to larger page. Horizontal centre fold, some minor wear and nick to edges, odd marks otherwise in good condition. A rare scorecard. Previously sold in the Christie's auction of October 1987
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: £220
W.G. Grace, who scored England's first Test century, E.M. Grace and G.F. Grace all played in the first Test match ever played in England against Australia in September 1880, this being the first time since 1744 that three brothers had played for England.
Lot 270a:
Lot 270a
George Frederick Grace 1850-1880. Original 'In Memoriam' card 1880 with broad black borders produced following Grace's tragic death with seven six line verses. 'In Memoriam of the late G. F. Grace Esq, The Celebrated Gloucester Cricketer'. Hill's pace is fast and fearful, Steel's hand is very high, Ephraim Lockwood has good judgement and an admirable eye, Alfred Shaw is cool and clever, almost always on the spot, While Peate's slows are ofttimes telling, though sometimes they catch it hot, But however good their trundling, pitch, spin, break, or pace, Still the Gentlemen of Cricketers, to my mind, was G.F. Grace.....'With his smart and cheerful presence, with his neatly moulded form, His brave hands were ever open, his brave heart was ever warm, All were proud of him, all loved him as the changing seasons pass, And the departed lies a sleeping, underneath yon Gloucester grass. Proudly, sadly, we will name him-why, to forget him is out of place. Lightly lie the turf upon him, kind and manly G.F. Grace'. 'Copyright B.W.' printed to lower border. The card measures 6"x9". Some age toning and some wear with small loss to edge of top border of card otherwise in good condition. A rare 'In Memoriam' card to G.F. Grace. Several G.F. Grace 'In Memoriam' cards were sold at the E.M. Grace auction conducted by Knights in July 2015, this particular card was not included. Previously sold in the Christie's auction of October 1987
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: £180
George Frederick Grace and his two brothers played in the first Test match ever played in England against Australia in September 1880, this being the first time since 1744 that three brothers had played for England. 'Before the month was out, G.F. had died of congestion of the lings, brought on by a damp bed and a neglected cold, at the age of twenty nine, and his death created a gap in the Gloucestershire ranks which has never been filled'. F.S. Ashley-Cooper (Edward Mills Grace. Cricketer' 1916
Lot 271:
Lot 271
Robert Arthur Thoms. 'Earl of Sheffield's XI v Australians 1893'. Rare original invitation card, 'The Earl of Sheffield requests the Honor of Mr Thoms company to Luncheon at Sheffield Park, May 9th 1893 at two o'clock precisely. Ticket to be presented on entering the tent. Tea and coffee will be served at five o'clock. The favour of an answer is requested' The invitation card with Lord Sheffield 'crown' emblem in gilt to top, wording on the card printed in mauve and blue, gilt to all edges. Minor foxing otherwise in very good condition. A scarce invitation. Previously sold in the Christie's auction of October 1987
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: £230
The Earl of Sheffield's XI including W.G. Grace, Captain, Stoddart, Shrewsbury, W. Gunn, Attewell, Lockwood, Briggs, Peel etc won the match by 8 wickets. For the Earl of Sheffield's XI, Grace made 63, Shrewsbury 62 and Gunn 56 and Lockwood took nine wickets in the match. For Australia, who followed on, Graham top scored with 32, Coningham 29 & 26, McLeod 24 & 25 and Giffen took six and Coningham 5 wickets in the match. This was Australia's opening tour match. R.P. Carpenter and R.A. Thoms officiated at the match
Lot 272:
Lot 272
Robert Arthur Thoms. 'Earl of Sheffield's XI v South Africa 1894'. Rare original invitation card, 'The Earl of Sheffield requests the Honor of Mr Thoms company to Luncheon at Sheffield Park, May 22nd 1894 at two o'clock precisely. Ticket to be presented on entering the tent. Tea and coffee will be served at five o'clock. The favour of an answer is requested' The invitation card with Lord Sheffield 'crown' emblem in gilt to top, wording on the card printed in mauve and red, gilt to all edges. Minor staining otherwise in very good condition. A scarce invitation. Previously sold in the Christie's auction of October 1987
Estimate: £180/250
Hammer price: £180
The Earl of Sheffield's XI including Murdoch, Brann, Briggs, Humphreys, Butt, Newham etc won the match by 10 wickets. For the Earl of Sheffield's XI, Payne made 43, Wentworth 41, Briggs 29 and Humphrey and Briggs each, took nine wickets in the match. For South Africa, who followed on, Routledge made 50, Sewell 30, Halliwell 20 and Rowe took 8-52 in Lords Sheffield's XI first innings. This was South Africa's opening tour match. R.P. Carpenter and R.A. Thoms officiated at the match
Lot 273:
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Philip Hilton. Kent C.C.C. 1865-1873. Handwritten four page letter from Hilton to Thoms dated the 23rd December [1876]. The amusing handwritten four page letter talks of the 'Success of the Incogniti', matches with Incogniti in the Midlands, Brighton, Cobham, Gravesend etc. He talks of the players using their nicknames ie 'Phil-istine' (Hilton), 'Wild Beast', 'Tiger' etc. He looks forward to the New Year, 'However we must hope that 1877 may be more m....? in many ways to us all, especially the tiger who has had a hard time of it lately... it is to be hoped that Thoms may still often be umpiring when the Phil-istine, Wild Beast are together and may some lucky chance allow of our turning up in the Midland Ingog tour of 1877.... A Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to Thoms, Family is the earnest wish of... (signed) P. Hilton and the Tiger. A postscript added to the top of the first page reads 'Very glad to hear Middlesex County is to play at Lord's this year. Better than with the Ladies Princes'. Folds, some wear and tears to edges of folds otherwise in good condition. A rare letter from an early Kent player. Previously sold in the Christie's auction of October 1987
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: unsold
Hilton played 26 matches for Kent between 1865-1873. He was Treasurer of Kent C.C.C. from 1867 to 1871 and his final first class match was for the M.C.C. against Nottinghamshire in July 1874. He also played many matches for the Gentlemen of Kent, Incogniti, North Kent etc including games against the United South of England XI. Middlesex County Cricket Club used the Princes Ground, Chelsea between 1872 and 1876 and moved to Lord's in 1877
Lot 274:
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Frederick Gale. Handwritten four page letter to Thoms [undated]. The letter with interesting content. He talks of not seeing Thoms enough 'I see your name in the paper, but despair of ever seeing your mug again. I hope you are well. I am 76 and never better, thank God.... If you ever .. city and do drop me a line the day before and come and see me here. I have beautiful rooms and can stand you a scotch. I am going away for a week or two on Oct 8th for I like the country in Autumn. Good bye old man. Yours ever Fred Gale. Postscript reads 'They have a man equal to Alfred Mynn and Charley Taylor... a bowler within a century of old Lilly, Cobbett, Hillier and old Clarke'. Some minor foxing otherwise in good condition. Date unknown. Sold with two further items from the period, part of a letter seeking a professional for Bideford C.C.C and a further handwritten memoir from Col Buckam regarding a meeting with Sir William Russell 'that I should not severe my connection with the old club but assist as of yore the fixtures of the club..... which I will continue to do, with the hope of seeing the 'dear old club' well ...into the new century' (Incogniti?). Previously sold in the Christie's auction of October 1987
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £80
Fred Gale played in the Winchester Eleven in 1841 against Eton and Harrow at Lord's, but did not go on to play first class cricket. He made his name as a prolific writer of books, newspaper and magazine articles writing under the name 'The Old Buffer'. He had emigrated to Canada to be with his family after the death of one of his sons, but was homesick and missed his cricket, so returned home the following year
Lot 275:
Lot 275
Robert Arthur Thoms. Excellent cabinet card photograph of Robert Thoms, wearing shirt, tie and jacket and sporting his trade mark top hat. E. Hawkins & Co of Brighton. Very good condition. Sold with a further cabinet card photograph of Frederick Gale, almost full length wearing jacket and trousers and a hat with writing table to right hand with 'cricket' broadsheet / paper uppermost. Signed to lower border 'Yours very faithfully. The Old Buffer' and dated 'Dec[ember] 1888'. S.W. & E. Elmes of King's Road, Chelsea. Minor loss to left hand top corner of card, minor wear otherwise in good condition. Qty 2 Previously sold in the Christie's auction of October 1987
Estimate: £120/160
Hammer price: £120
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Robert Arthur Thoms. Excellent collection of twenty three candid photographs circa 1890's, the majority taken at the Hastings Festival although one is of the scoreboard at The Oval after the Surrey v Lancashire match in 1894, showing Lancashire 74 all out. W.G. Grace appears in nine of the images, Bobby Abel, Ranjitsinhji, Murdoch, Kingsmill Key, Andrew Stoddart, William Gunn, William Newham, Arthur Mold, George Brann, Tom Richardson, Hastings C.C.Secretary William Carless, Umpires Thoms and Carpenter etc. The majority of the photograph measure around 4.25"x3.25". Wear and nicks to edges of odd photograph otherwise in good condition. Some excellent, probably unpublished images. Previously sold in the Christie's auction of October 1987
Estimate: £300/500
Hammer price: £500
The match between Surrey and Lancashire at the Oval in 1894 was tied after a low scoring match, Surrey making 97 all out and Lancashire 147 all out in their first innings. Surrey then made 124 all out and set Surrey 75 runs to make for victory. They were bowled out for 74, which is probably why the photograph was taken. Johnny Briggs took thirteen wickets in the match
Lot 277:
Lot 277 Lot 277
Robert Arthur Thoms. 'Lord Sheffield's XI v Australians 1896'. A wooden cricket bail, one end inscribed 'Prince of Wales at Sheffield Park May/[18]96, and the other 'England v Australia, May 1896'. Both inscriptions in Thoms hand. Good condition with the inscriptions clear and legible. Sold with two further odd bails saved from matches he had officiated in, the indistinct inscription on the slightly earlier type of bail reading 'Lord [?] Sheffield.....England, and the other also in Thoms hand, 'Australia....'. Sold with a M.C.C. bail bag and the silk ribbon which Thoms used to tie keep the bails together. One of these two bails is strongly believed to have been used in the first Test match between England and Australia in 1880. Thoms proudest achievement was standing umpire in the first Test match, and a surviving grand-daughter remembers that he preserved one of the bails used. A letter, dated July 1987, to this effect is sold with the lot. Previously sold in the Christie's auction of October 1987
Estimate: £400/600
Hammer price: £680
The first bail refers to the opening match of the Australian 1896 tour of England when H.R.H. The Prince of Wales visited Sheffield Park on May 11th. The match was drawn with Darling 67 and Trott 59no top scoring for the Australians. E. Jones took 7-84 in Lord Sheffield XI first innings. For Lord Sheffield's XI, F.S. Jackson made 95 no, Ranjitsinhji 79 & 42 and W.G. Grace 49 & 26. Mold took 4-61 in the Australian first innings. Note from the Auctioneer:- Although the first single bail's inscription is good and legible, for the second two bails I have taken most of the description from the 1987 catalogue and must report that in 1987 the inscriptions were described as indistinct, after a time span of thirty years the inscriptions, where they can be made out, are not now legible
Lot 278:
Lot 278
Robert Arthur Thoms. A small black covered notebook with heading to first page 'Some Press Notices of the late Robert Thoms, collected by his old friend, Mr J.H. Harding'. The notebook contains fourteen obituary notices of Thoms from various journals and newspapers including The Times, The Field, The Sportsman, The Globe, Daily Express, The Athletic News etc. Four candid photographs are attached to the inside of the front and rear boards depicting Thoms standing with Richardson, W.G. Grace and Jephson [?], W.G. Grace, Abel and Thoms at Hastings and two photographs of a large crowd on the field at Hastings [?]. Covers becoming disbound. G
Estimate: £140/180
Hammer price: £100
Lot 279:
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Robert Arthur 'Bob' Thoms. Two page handwritten note by Thoms giving details of his own early matches as a player. The first was a youth's match at Lord's in 1841. His first major match, also at Lord's, was on 6th May 1844 for St John's Wood for Royston v Marylebone for which he notes amongst the players Hon R. Grimston, Lord Glamis, Mr Haygarth, Hon F. Ponsonby and the two Dark brothers, etc. The third match was T. Adams v Gravesend in May 1846. To the verso are Thoms' notes on the development of The Oval by the Montpelier Club in 1845 and of Surrey from 1846, how crowds grew from a few hundred members to 'over 20,000 paying at the gates'. In 1861 Surrey played England with Thoms umpiring, as he did also in the first-ever Test match played against Australia in 1880. G
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £170
Lot 280:
Lot 280
'Cricket on Bearsted Green 1850-1907'. Walter A. Daw. Maidstone 1907. Padwick 2076. 16pp booklet published by the Kent Messenger. Rare. Rusting to staples, otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £360
Lot 281:
Lot 281
M.C.C. tour to India 1951-52. 'Commemorative Cricket Souvenir' pre-tour brochure published in India. Excellent decorative front cover. Fifteen signatures of M.C.C. players on pieces laid down to the pen pictures. Rare. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £200
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M.C.C. tour of India 1926-1927. George Brown. Hampshire & England 1908-1933. 'Visit of the Marylebone Cricket Club to India 1926-1927. Madras, January 1927'. 'With Best Wishes from The Madras Cricket Club'. A large commemorative photograph album containing twenty seven photographs, three scorecards, a rare M.C.C. players itinerary for the 'Visit to Madras, 18th-25th January 1927' and three official scorecards with fully printed details for the three matches played in Madras, v Indians (18th-19th), v European XI (21st January) and v Combined XI (23rd-25th January) with captions in silver beneath bound in contemporary blue boards with titles stamped in gilt to front board. The photographs include four large 11.5"x9.5" photographs of the M.C.C. team in tour blazers, joint photograph with the Indians team, joint photograph with the Europeans team and joint photograph with the Combined XI team. Other photographs include the ship 'Ethiopia', carrying the team, arriving at Madras Harbour, the players onboard ship 'Alongside', the Indians team batting, the Madras C.C. Enclosure, Madras batting, Madras taking the field, M.C.C. batting against Madras, the pavilion, the Government House Garden Party etc. Players featured in the images include Arthur Gilligan (Captain), Major Chichester-Constable, Sandham, Astill, Wyatt, George Brown, Eckersley etc. Formerly the property of George Brown and previously sold by Christie's in October 1987 as part of lot 208. Very good condition throughout. A rare album
Estimate: £600/900
Hammer price: £1800
M.C.C. won the match against the Combined XI and drew the other two matches played in Madras, highlights of the three matches include 55 and 54 by Wyatt and Astill and Mercer 4-54 v Indians, Tate 53 and Tate and Astill four wickets each v Europeans and Brown 84 & 56, Sandham 43 & 82 and Mercer and Tate five wickets in the match
Lot 283:
Lot 283
M.C.C. tour to South Africa 1922/23. Original mono photograph comprising fourteen members of the M.C.C. touring party, seated and standing in rows in formal attire, with local tribesmen and a large crowd in the background. Signed in ink to the photograph by twelve members of the touring party. Signatures are Fender, Gilligan, Sandham, Livsey, Brown, Mann, Carr, Macauley, Woolley, Stevens, Russell and Jupp. The photograph by W. Ingham of Johannesburg, measures 8.5"x6.5", laid to mount, overall 12"x10". Foxing to mount, the photograph in good condition. Ex George Brown collection. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers as lot 32
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 284:
Lot 284
'Hampshire England Players 1921'. Excellent original mono photograph of Phil Mead, Lionel Tennyson, both wearing M.C.C. touring blazers, and George Brown in formal attire. Very nicely signed in black ink to the photograph by each player. The photograph by Russell & Sons, Southsea, measures 8.25"x6", laid to album page, overall 14"x10". To verso, a mono team photograph taken at Southampton for Jesse Hopkins' benefit match 1922. Creasing to album age, the photographs in good condition. Ex George Brown collection
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £80
Lot 285:
Lot 285
Maharaj Kumar of Vizianagram's XI cricket team in India and Ceylon 1930-31. Three original sepia postcard size candid photographs from the tour. The photographs feature Herbert Sutcliffe, Jack Hobbs and Naoomal Jeoomal. Each photograph is annotated in ink to the photographs with the players' names, and signed to the verso by Jeoomal, one with an annotation describing 'Vizianagram XI vs Rockwoods Up-Country XI, Darrawella Ceylon, December 1903'. Rare. G/VG
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £55
Naoomal Jeoomal was the first cricketer to open the batting for India in a Test match, at Lord's 1932
Lot 286:
Lot 286
Australia tour to England 1930. Rare sepia photograph of the Orient Line R.M.S. 'Oronsay', the ship that took the touring team back to Australia, leaving Southampton on the 27th September and arrived in Melbourne on the 3rd November 1930. Printed title to lower border with gross tonnage. Signed in ink to the photograph, above and below the image of the ship by sixteen members of the touring party including all fifteen players and the Treasurer, T. Howard. Players' signatures are Woodfull (captain), Richardson, a'Beckett, Wall, Hurwood, Walker, Fairfax, Bradman, Oldfield, Kippax, Ponsford, Jackson, McCabe, Grimmett and Hornibrook. The photograph measures 11"x7". Sold with a small selection of correspondence from the 1980s from a former owner of the photograph to Lord's to establish the date of the tour etc. Very good condition
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: £390
Lot 287:
Lot 287
Australia tour to England 1934. Original mono photograph of the Australian players, seated and standing in rows in cricket attire. Nicely signed in ink to the lower border of the mount by fifteen players. Signatures are Woodfull (captain), Brown, Bromley, Wall, O'Reilly, Fleetwood-Smith, Darling, Grimmett, Ebeling, Chipperfield, Barnett, Kippax, McCabe, Ponsford and Oldfield. Lacking the signature of Bradman. The photograph, measuring 8.25"x6", is laid to mount, overall 11.5"x9.75. G
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 288:
Lot 288
Middlesex C.C.C. 'A World's Record. Middlesex v Sussex at Lord's 1920'. Original mono photograph of Warner, Lee, Hearne and Haig, standing in a row in cricket attire holding their bats, for the match played 22nd-24th May 1920. Printed titles and players' names to mount borders. The photograph, measures 7"x5.25", mounted overall 10.75"x9.5". VG
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £100
Middlesex won the match by an innings and 130 runs, scoring 543-4 declared in their only innings. All of the top four batsmen made centuries, Warner 139, Lee 119, Hearne 116no and Haig 131. Lee also took eleven wickets in the match
Lot 289:
Lot 289
Australian Women's Cricket Team to England 1937. Original mono photograph of the touring party taken on board the S.S. Jervis Bay. Signed in ink to the photograph and mount by all fifteen players. The photograph, measures 5.5"x3.5", laid to mount, framed and glazed overall 9.75"x7.5". G
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £80
The tour comprised three Test matches against England Women, the series was tied 1-1 with one match drawn
Lot 290:
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Frederick 'Fred' Ridgway. Kent & England 1946-1961. Selection of ten mono postcards, candid photographs and two press photographs. Real photograph postcard of Chapman, Freeman and Woolley standing in M.C.C. touring blazers, printed signatures below. Some creasing and wear. Candid photographs include 'Some of the boys' on board ship 1951, walking on to the field presumably on the 1951/52 tour to India and Pakistan, a photograph of four of the touring party taken at Port Said, signed in ink by Ridgway. Press photographs are Ridgway tutoring a group of boys in the nets, and Rhodes, Robertson, Ridgway, Watkins and Lowson framed in the window of a train carriage, leaving St Pancras station for the India tour 1951 etc. Ex Ridgway collection. Some faults, generally good condition. Qty 10
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £48
Lot 291:
Lot 291
'Surrey v Kent, Aug. 22, 23, 24 1910. S. Apted's Benefit. The Captains congratulating Apted'. Large and impressive photograph of the two Captains, Morice C. Bird (Surrey) and 'Jack' R. Mason congratulating the Surrey head groundsman on the pitch at the Oval, presumably before the start of play. The two Captains dressed in blazers and full cricket attire. The photograph laid down to photographers mount with printed title to lower border. Very nicely signed in ink to borders by Bird, Mason and Sam Apted. Framed and glazed, overall 22"x25". Very good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £95
'SAMUEL APTED was groundman at the Kennington Oval from 1888 until the end of 1911, when he resigned on account of ill-health. A painstaking and thoroughly deserving man, he gave every satisfaction during his long association with the Surrey County C.C. The excellence of his wickets had long been proverbial. They were so good as to drive even the best bowlers to despair. In 1910 the proceeds of the Surrey v. Kent match at the Oval were given to him as a Benefit, with the result that he cleared upwards of £1,400. In his young days he had been a useful all-round cricketer, and as far back as 1867 had been chosen to play for the Surrey Colts. In a match against Shooters Hill he once took as many as seventeen wickets. He was a man respected by all who knew him. For many years he had been an intimate friend of the veteran Surrey cricketer, William Caffyn' Wisden 1917
Lot 292:
Lot 292
Hove 1950s. Two mono postcard size photographs of opening batsmen walking out to bat at Hove. One features Jack Robertson and Alec Thompson of Middlesex, August 1952, the other Jackie McGlew and Hugh Tayfield for South Africa, June 1955. Both photographs signed in ink by the featured players. Odd faults, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £62
Lot 293:
Lot 293
Lancashire C.C.C. at Hove 1952. Two mono postcard size photographs of Lancashire players walking out at Hove. One features Jack Ikin and Winston Place walking out to bat, the other Bob Berry and Brian Statham walking out to field. Both photographs nicely signed in ink by the featured players. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £50
Lot 294:
Lot 294
Robert James Williams. Natal & South Africa 1930-1951. Mono postcard size press photograph of Williams, half length in tour blazer. Nicely signed in ink with dedication by Williams while on the South Africa tour to England, 1935. 4"x6". Pin holes to corners, small nick to top edge, otherwise a good image
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 295:
Lot 295
Archdale Palmer Wickham. Oxford University & Somerset 1876-1907. Sepia cabinet card photographs of Wickham pictured in wicket keeping pose wearing an Oxford University cap. Nicely signed in ink to the front by Wickham. Photograph by E. Hawkins of Brighton. Some ageing and foxing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £130/160
Hammer price: £120
Lot 296:
Lot 296
Henry Evans. Derbyshire 1878-1882. Mono cabinet card photograph of Evans in formal attire. Signed in ink to the front 'Harry Evans'. Gilt to edges. Photograph by Preston of Penzance. Adhesive damage to verso, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £120/160
Hammer price: £160
Lot 297:
Lot 297
Cyril Frederick Walters. Glamorgan, Worcestershire & England 1923-1935. Original sepia candid photograph of Walters in cricket attire leaning on his bat, beside the Nawab of Pataudi c1935. Signed in ink to photograph by Walters. 3.25"x4.25". Ink smudge to signature, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £40
Lot 298:
Lot 298
Ernest Harry Killick. Sussex 1893-1913. Sepia cabinet card photograph of Killick pictured in batting pose wearing Sussex cap. Photograph by E. Hawkins of Brighton. Signed in ink twice to photograph by Killick. Small loss to lower right corner, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £120/160
Hammer price: £140
Lot 299:
Lot 299
John Richard Mason. Kent & England 1893-1914. Signed full page mono illustration plate of Mason in batting pose, 'J.R. Mason Driving to Extra-Cover' from The Jubilee Book of Cricket by K.S. Ranjitsinhji 1897. Nicely signed in black ink by Mason. Nicks to page edges, some ageing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £45
Lot 300:
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M.C.C. tour to Australia 1936/37. Two original sepia photographs of the England team on their return from the 1936/37 tour to Australia, photographed with members of the cast on the set of 'The Prisoner of Zenda' in Hollywood, 1937. Players featured include Allen, Duckworth, Hammond, Verity etc. Also featured are C. Aubrey Smith and C.B. Fry. 10"x8". Ex Les Ames collection. Odd faults, otherwise in good condition. Nice images
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £90
Lot 301:
Lot 301
School cricket photographs c1930. A selection of ten mono press photographs featuring school and university cricket. The selection appears to relate to 'Wykes', who may Nigel Wykes who played for Essex and Cambridge University, 1925-1936. The photographs include Wykes walking out to bat at Lord's, a match in progress at Lord's, possibly Eton v Harrow, team photographs, a school rowing team etc. Also includes two studio photographs of Wykes as a young boy. Mixed condition, generally good
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £40
Lot 302:
Lot 302
Roy Ullyett. 1970s. Original caricature cartoon in black ink by Ullyett depicting two cricketers, one holding a telephone and a newspaper with the headline, 'Illingworth says Get Fit or Get Out'. The caption below reads, 'I'm desperate. I don't know whether to phone Weight Watchers or the Good Samaritans'. Signed by Ullyett. 8.25"x11.25". Very good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £75
Lot 303:
Lot 303
Roy Ullyett. 1970s. Original caricature cartoon in black ink by Ullyett depicting two old cricket supporters, one holding a newspaper with the headline 'England win toss and put S. Africa in to bat'. The caption below reads, 'Talk about poor education standards in our schools. They say Illingworth can't read a cricket pitch'. Signed by Ullyett. 8.25"x11.25". Very good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £110
Lot 304:
Lot 304
Cricket cartoon by 'Lane'. 1954. Original caricature cartoon in black ink by Lane depicting a tearful boy with tousled hair who has just been bowled out. The caption below reads, 'If I'd been able to get me usual 'air-cream it would've been a different story''. Signed by Lane. Date stamped to verso 29th October 1954. 7"x9", in mount, overall 7.75"x11.25". Very good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 305:
Lot 305
Surrey County Cricket Club. Stewart Storey Benefit Year 1973. Benefit card with caricature drawing of the Oval with Storey, head and shoulders to centre. Signed by thirteen members of the Surrey team including Edrich, Roope, Arnold, Storey, Younis Ahmed etc. 14.5"x10". Good condition
Estimate: £20/30
Hammer price: £30
Lot 306:
Lot 306
Kent. Eight mono caricature prints of Kent players by artist D.Waugh, each signed by the player/s featured. Signatures are Tavare, Ealham, Underwood, Knott, Dilley, Asif Iqbal and Woolmer. Sold with a further Waugh print entitled 'Kent's Test Five' signed by Tavare, Underwood, Knott, Dilley and Woolmer. Each individually framed and glazed, overall 9"x12.5". G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £30
Lot 307:
Lot 307
Lancashire C.C.C. Free-standing advertising show card for the launch of 'From the Stretford End. The Official History of Lancashire County Cricket Club' by Brian Bearshaw. 16.5"x27". Sold with sixteen duplicate copies of prints of The County Ground, Southampton by Martin Speight 1990, one signed by four players including Malcolm Marshall, Paul Terry, Robin Smith etc. Also a print of The University County Ground, Durham, by Roy Perry. Odd faults, generally good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
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Robin Nicholas Stuart Hobbs. Essex, Glamorgan & England, 1961-81. Essex white long sleeved sweater worn by Hobbs whilst playing for Essex, with Essex emblem in red to centre of chest. Sold with a pair of batting gloves both signed by Hobbs, label to gloves states that the gloves were worn when scoring a century for Essex against Australia in 1975. The sweater previously sold in Phillips auction no 6320 as lot 7. G
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: unsold
In the tour match played at Chelmsford, Hobbs batting at number 9 scored 100 in the Essex 2nd innings
Lot 309:
Lot 309
Kent C.C.C. Kent 1st XI sleeveless sweater, by Club Colours of Middlesex, with Kent emblem of the white horse (in blue) to centre. Owner unknown. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £75
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Yorkshire C.C.C. Yorkshire 1st XI sleeveless sweater. Appears to be quite an old sweater. Owner unknown. Sold with a further sleeveless sweater, by Menora, with trimming in Yorkshire colours. Qty 2 G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 311:
Lot 311
Derbyshire C.C.C. Derbyshire 1st XI long sleeved sweater, by Paine of Goldalming. Owner unknown. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £25
Lot 312:
Lot 312
Kenneth Frank Barrington, Surrey & England 1953-1968. M.C.C. sleeveless sweater by 'Bill Edwards of Swansea' worn by Barrington on M.C.C. tours. The sweater with trimming in M.C.C. colours of red, gold and black. Previously sold by Phillip's Auctioneers in the Barrington sale of June 2000. G/VG
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £60
Lot 313:
Lot 313
Kenneth Frank Barrington, Surrey & England 1953-1968. England sleeveless sweater by 'Simpson of Piccadilly' worn by Barrington whilst playing in home Test matches. The sweater with central emblem of the three lions and crown. Previously sold by Phillip's Auctioneers in the Barrington sale of June 2000. G/VG
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £80
Lot 314:
Lot 314
South Australian Cricket Association yellow and red cricket shirt, Proform,c1970/80's, with S.A.C.A emblem to chest. The red of the shirt unusually in a mesh material. Sold with a blue South Australian Cricket Association casual shirt for S.A.C.A. 'West End State XI' with embroidered emblem. Qty 2. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £15
Lot 315:
Lot 315
England 'Rebel' tour of South Africa 1989. Large original white official flag produced for the tour with sponsors logo 'South African Breweries' and beneath 'English Team' in red, blue and white print. The flag measures 77" long by 50" wide. Previously sold in the Vennett-Smith sale of March 2000 as lot 2509. VG
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 316:
Lot 316
Len Hutton 1950's. Large ladies silk head scarf printed with an attractive and colourful scene of a cricket match in progress with players and spectators featured. To lower right hand corner is a large cameo image of Len Hutton in batting pose wearing cap, printed facsimile signature. The scarf made by Kaydelon. Probably produced for his Benefit Year in 1950. VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £40
Lot 317:
Lot 317
Kent. Three ladies silk head scarves for 'Ladies Day at Canterbury', 'Derek Underwood Benefit 1986' and 'Kent County W.C.A. Golden Jubilee 1933-1983'. Plus a similar silk scarf for 'Surrey County Cricket Champions 1971'. Qty 4. VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £25
Lot 318:
Joseph 'Joe' Hardstaff. Nottinghamshire, Auckland & England, 1930-1955. Long original cloth players name sign apparently used on the scoreboard of the Sydney Cricket Ground during Test matches when Hardstaff was playing for England. The white cloth printed in black 'HARDSTAFF' measures 107"x18". Some wear and small damage otherwise in good original condition. A rarely seen item
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: unsold
Hardstaff went on the M.C.C. tours of Australia in 1935/36, 1936/37 and 1946/47
Lot 319:
Lot 319
Michael Howard Bushby. Cambridge University 1952-1954. Cricket Society navy blue cloth cricket cap worn by Bushby whilst playing for the Society. The cap, by Simpson of Piccadilly, with embroidered Cricket Society emblem of 'Old Father Time' in white. Name handwritten to inner label. G
Estimate: £50/80
Withdrawn
Hammer price: withdrawn
Bushby toured Canada in 1959 with M.C.C. He played in forty six first class matches and his final first class match in 1966 for M.C.C. He was a noted rugby player
Lot 320:
Lot 320 Lot 320
Willie Watson. Yorkshire, Leicestershire & England 1939-1964. M.C.C. navy blue cloth cricket cap worn by Watson whilst playing for the M.C.C.. The cap, by Simpson of Piccadilly, with embroidered 'M.C.C.' emblem in white. Signed by Watson to inner label. G
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £80
Watson played 283 matches for Yorkshire, 117 matches for Leicestershire and was selected on twenty three occasions to play for England. He scored over 25,000 first class runs with an average of 39.86 and a highest score of 257 which he scored for M.C.C. against British Guiana on the M.C.C. 1953/54 tour. A noted footballer he played at left half for Huddersfield Town, Sunderland and Halifax and gained four caps for England. One of the few 'Double Internationals'
Lot 321:
Lot 321
Alan Philip Eric Knott. Kent & England 1964-1983. White cloth cricket cap worn by Alan Knott. It appears to be a school or representative cap and has an embroidered emblem to front with motto in scroll beneath which reads 'Omnia vinces perseverando' meaning 'By perseverance you shall overcome all things'. The cap made by Bukta has a sewn in label with 'A.P. Knott' printed in blue. G
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £30
Knott attended Northumberland Heath Secondary Modern School in Bexley.
Lot 322:
Lot 322
Alan Philip Eric Knott. Kent & England 1964-1983. England navy blue home cloth Test cap worn by Knott during his England Test career, The cap with embroidered emblem of the three lions and crown to front, made by Foster of London. 'A. Knott' handwritten to lining inside the cap. G
Estimate: £300/500
Hammer price: £300
Alan Knott was considered the best wicket keeper in England for a decade or more. He played in 95 Test matches for England taking 250 catches and made 19 stumpings. Overall in his first class career he took 1129 catches and made 131 stumpings. With the bat he averaged 32.75 in Test matches for England
Lot 323:
Lot 323
Dennis Brian Close. Yorkshire, Somerset & England 1949-1977. M.C.C. navy blue cloth Test touring cap, by Simpson of Piccadilly, with embroidered touring emblem of St. George & Dragon. 'D.B. Close' handwritten to inside label. A few moth holes to cap and peak, some wear to inner lining otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: unsold
Brian Close went on two tours with the M.C.C. to Australia & New Zealand in 1950/51 and to Pakistan in 1955/56 Brian Close played 22 Test matches for England from 1949-1976. In 1949 at the age of 18 he became the youngest player to attain the double, the youngest to gain a Yorkshire County cap and the youngest to represent England in Test cricket. He scored almost 35,000 runs at 33.26 and took over 1100 wickets at 26.42. He is famously remembered facing the West Indian fast bowlers in 1976 having been recalled to the England team at the age of 45. The interval between Close's first and last Test matches was 27 years, the second-longest after Wilfred Rhodes. Close died in September 2015 at the age of 84 years
Lot 324:
Lot 324
Denis Compton. Middlesex & England 1936-1964. Middlesex navy blue cloth cricket cap with embroidered emblem of the three seaxes, emblem of Middlesex to front. The cap previously sold by the Cricket Memorabilia Society as lot 41, date unknown. 'Middlesex' hand printed to inner label. Good/very good condition. The inner lining appears new...
Estimate: £300/500
Hammer price: unsold
Denis Compton scored almost 40,000 first class runs, with a highest score of 300 and an average of 51.85. He played 78 matches for England and scored almost 6,000 runs at an average of 50.06 and a best of 278. His best season was 1947 where he scored 3816 runs at an average of an incredible 90.85 with 18 centuries. Compton was the original Brylcreem boy. He was a breathtakingly talented batsman who had all the cavalier abandon and audacity of youth. He played football for Arsenal and won the F.A. Cup with them in 1950
Lot 325:
Lot 325
Alec Victor Bedser. Surrey & England 1939-1960. M.C.C. navy blue cloth Test touring cap, by Simpson of Piccadilly, with excellent embroidered touring emblem of St. George & Dragon. Name hand printed to inside label. Previously sold by Vennett-Smith's Auction in November 2000, lot 2487. Some signs of wear otherwise in good+ condition
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: unsold
Twin brother of Eric Arthur Bedser, was the principal seam bowler in England from 1946 onwards until the mid 1950's. In his first two Tests for England he achieved match figures of 11 wickets for 145 and 11 wickets for 93. His total of 236 Test wickets created a new world record. He took 100 wickets in a season on eleven occasions with 162 his best in 1953. He was Chairman of selectors from 1969-1981 and managed several overseas M.C.C. tours
Lot 326:
Lot 326
Malcolm Jameson Hilton. Lancashire & England 1946-1961. M.C.C. navy blue cloth cricket cap with excellent raised embroidered white emblem of St. George & dragon to front. The cap worn by Hilton on his only M.C.C. tour of India, Pakistan & Ceylon in 1951/52. Paper label to inside of cap with handwritten details of the player and the tour. The cap has fading to the outside of the peak and minor wear and soiling, some browning to the M.C.C. emblem otherwise in good condition. Sold at Old Trafford in an auction held on behalf of Hilton's widow
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: unsold
Malcolm Hilton played in 241 matches for Lancashire taking just over 1000 first class wickets at an average of 19.42. He played four Test matches for England between 1950 and 1951/52 taking fourteen wickets
Lot 327:
Lot 327
Bhagwat Subramanya Chandrasekhar. Mysore/Karnataka & India 1963-1979. Indian navy blue cloth Test cap, by Devichands of Lahore, New Delhi, with attached wired Indian emblem to front. Good condition. The vendor states in his notes that he bought the cap in a London auction but no date or auction house is mentioned
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: unsold
Chandrasekhar played in 58 Test matches for India between 1963 and 1979. He visited England four times on tours, in 1967 taking 57 wickets at 22.31 and in 1971 taking 50 wickets at 24.86. His best bowling was for Mysore v Kerala at Bijapur in 1969/70 where he took 9-72
Lot 328:
Lot 328
Everton de Courcy Weekes. Barbados & West Indies 1944/45-1963/64. West Indies maroon cloth Test cap, by Simpson of Piccadilly, with embroidered West Indian emblem to front. The inner label to cap has handwritten in ink 'E. Weekes'. The cap peak in distressed condition, with major moth damage to the peak, the main body of the cap in better condition though still with some small evidence of moth damage. No mention of the cap in the vendors notes
Estimate: £300/400
Hammer price: unsold
Everton Weekes scored over 12,000 runs in first class cricket at an average of 55.34 with a highest score of 304no. In Tests he averaged 58.61 with a highest score of 207
Lot 329:
Lot 329
Bruce French. Nottinghamshire & England 1976-1995. Pair of green Gunn & Moore wicket-keeping gloves worn by French during his playing career. Both gloves signed by French. Previously sold as either lot 241 or 242 in the Bruce French Benefit auction of September 1991. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
French played in sixteen Test matches for England between 1986 and 1988
Lot 330:
Bruce N. French. Nottinghamshire & England 1976-1995. Original microphone stump from the England v Australia. World Series, Second Final match played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in ??? 1987. The stump has small hollow (now filled) to take the microphone (retrieved by the broadcasting company). England won the Second Final by 8 runs. Previously sold as lot 160 in the Bruce French Benefit auction of September 1991. Label from the auction attached, signed by French. G/VG
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: unsold
In the Second Final of the World Series Cup at Sydney England batted first and made a total of 187-9, in reply Australia just fell short making 179-8, Botham taking 3-26 from his ten overs
Lot 331:
Lot 331
Northamptonshire v Surrey, 8th-10th July 1912. Cricket ball presented to F.C. Parker following Northamptonshire's defeat of Surrey in 1912. The ball with circular silver metal plaque to ball with inscription 'First Defeat of Surrey by Northants, July 10th 1912. Presented to F.C. Parker Esq'. Minor wear to inscription on plaque otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
Northamptonshire beat Surrey for the first time in 1912, winning by nine wickets, the result putting the county on top of the County Championship table for the first time. Surrey in their first innings made only 95, Thompson and Smith taking nine wickets between them. Northamptonshire responded with a total of 247 with Vials making 82, Surrey made 242 in their second innings before completing the victory with only one wicket down. F.C. Parker Esq was a Northamptonshire Councillor, possibly a benefactor of the club?
Lot 332:
Lot 332
Kennington Oval 1920. Cricket ball, presented to W.E. Hazelton by the North of Thames L.V.C.C. [Licensed Victuallers?] 1920. The ball with large shield shaped silver metal plaque to ball with inscription 'A Record. Presented to W.E. Hazelton by the North of Thames L.V.C.C. Match played at Kennington Oval, Sep 9 1920 versus Wholesale Trade. Wholesale Trade 214-9, North of Thames 136. Hazelton 11 wickets for 72 runs (12 a side)'. Minor wear to ball otherwise in good condition. Previously sold at the M.C.C. Bicentenary auction of April 1987, lot 702
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £35
The ball was donated to M.C.C. by Hazelton's wife, Mrs W. E. Hazelton
Lot 333:
Lot 333
England v South Africa 1947. Frank Chester, Test Umpire. Cricket ball with handwritten ink inscription 'England v South Africa, Old Trafford 9.7.47. Bld Mann, to Barnett. England won 7 wkts'. Signed 'F. Chester'. The ball is mounted to wooden base with circular silver metal band attached with the same inscription engraved to it with Frank Chester's signature engraved to back. Previously sold on a televised auction on Sky Sports in December 2000 as lot 52. Good condition
Estimate: £140/180
Hammer price: unsold
In the 3rd Test at Manchester, South Africa batted first and totalled 339 all out, Viljoen top scoring with 93, in reply England made 478 with Edrich (191) and Compton (115) making centuries, South Africa in their second innings made 267 and England won the match for the loss of three wickets with Barnett hitting the winning shot. Frank Chester and Charles Coleman were the Umpires for the 3rd Test
Lot 334:
Frank Edward Woolley. Kent & England 1906-1938. A Gunn & Moore 'Autograph' cricket bat used by Woolley apparently used by Woolley during the 1929/30 tour of Ceylon, Australia & New Zealand. The bat is inscribed in ink to back 'F.E.W. 1929-30 1500 runs'. The bat is signed by Woolley. The blade of the bat bound in several places, Minor wear to grip. The butt of the bat stamped 'Left Hand'. A historic bat
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: unsold
Frank Woolley scored 780 runs in first class matches on the tour, he made 146 v South Australia, November 8th-12th 1929, 219 v New South Wales, November 22nd-26th, 132 v Otago, 31st December, 1st & 2nd January, 125 v Manawatu, January 17th/18th etc.
Lot 335:
Lot 335 Lot 335 Lot 335 Lot 335 Lot 335 Lot 335 Lot 335
Richard Gorton 'Dick' Barlow, Lancashire & England, 1871-1891. Excellent and historic early silver cup/trophy 'Presented to R.G. Barlow by a few friends in Australia for his excellent batting & bowling against the Australian Eleven. January 29th 1883'. The elaborately decorated silver cup with lid/cover, measuring 10" tall, stands on a base of two cricket bats and a cricket stump with three silver cricket balls to foot. the inscription engraved into the front floral cartouche, the handles of the cup with mounted cricket balls and the exquisite lid/cover with a figure of a batsman (not unlike Barlow) playing a shot with silver cricket ball with stumps behind, the rear cartouche blank. The cup/trophy made by Hilliard & Thomason of Birmingham and hallmarked Birmingham 1878. The cup/trophy sold by W. Kerr of Sydney. An historic and unique early trophy presented to Barlow following the match the 3rd Test at Sydney where he made scores of 28 and 24 and took 7 wickets for forty runs to win the Test and the Ashes for England by two matches to one. Significantly, at a similar time as the trophy was presented to Barlow, some ladies burnt the bails used in the match, once the game was won, and placed the 'Ashes' in a small urn and presented it to Ivo Bligh. Previously sold at Phillips sale of 'Cricketana' of May 1982 as lot 292 sale The cup/trophy was pictured in Barlow's book 'Forty Years of First-Class Cricket' published in 1908 on page 191 and it is also mentioned in the text on page 19, 'For my bowling in the match I received over £20 and a silver cup....'. VG
Estimate: £7000/10000
Hammer price: £37000
This was a very significant Test match in Ashes history. The Captain Ivo Bligh pledged to bring back 'The Ashes of English Cricket', following the obituary which had been published when Australia defeated England at The Oval during the 1882 English season. In the third and deciding 3rd Test played at Sydney, England batted first making 347 all out, in reply, Australia made 218. In England's second innings they only made 123 with Spofforth taking 7-44. Barlow (7 wickets) and England then proceeded to bowl the Australians out for 83 winning the Test by 69 runs and the Ashes. After the tourists had won this game and thus the series of three matches by two to one, some ladies burnt the bails used in the match, once the game was won, and placed the 'Ashes' in a small urn and presented it to the victorious captain of the English team Ivo Bligh, he had won back the ashes of English cricket'. The urn, together with its embroidered velvet bag, is housed in the Memorial Gallery at Lord's.

Richard Barlow played seven times for England against Australia in England: in the match which gave rise to the Ashes at the Oval in 1882; and at Lord's, the Oval, and Old Trafford in 1884 and 1886. Barlow paid three visits to Australia, going out with Alfred Shaw and Arthur Shrewsbury in 1881/1882, with the Hon. Ivo Bligh in 1882/3, and again with Shaw and Shrewsbury in 1886/1887. He played in every match of all three tours. His batting epitomised the term 'stonewalling'. He also played football as a goalkeeper for Lancashire.

Barlow took part in the original Ashes match and is commemorated by the poem pasted on the side of the urn:

'When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn;
Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return;
The welkin will ring loud,
The great crowd will feel proud,
Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn;
And the rest coming home with the urn'.

Hilliard & Thomason were renowned Victorian silver makers who made a wide range of high quality items including cups, christening cups etc
Lot 336:
Lot 336
David Hunter. Yorkshire 1888-1909. Large Edwardian silver coffee pot 'Presented to D. Hunter to commemorate the record season of 1901. Matches played 28, Won 20, Drawn 7, Lost 1. Yorkshire County Cricket Club'. The coffee pot, presumably presented by the club to Hunter, standing approximately 9.5" tall with ribbed decoration and 'Yorkshire County Cricket Club' in cartouche to main body of the pot with presentation inscription above to neck of the pot. To rear cartouche the 'White Rose' emblem of Yorkshire. Hallmarks for Atkins Brothers of Sheffield and Sheffield 1901. Lidded with finial to top. A rare presentation item for the Yorkshire wicket-keeper and right hand batsman who played 521 matches for the club. Previously sold as lot 285 in the Phillips auction of October 1986
Estimate: £500/800
Hammer price: £850
Yorkshire defended their County Championship title in the 1901 English cricket season, though, unlike in 1900 when they had been unbeaten, they lost one game during the season, to Somerset. Hunter as wicket-keeper took forty two catches and thirty one stumpings. He averaged 16 with the bat
Lot 337:
Lot 337
Roy Kilner, Yorkshire and England, 1911-27. 'M.C.C. tour of the West Indies 1925-26'. Excellent pair of gold and enamel cuff links presented to Kilner on the tour. The hallmarked oval gold cuff links, each with M.C.C. emblem in yellow and red and 'West Indies 1925-26' to one link and to the other, alternate bands of M.C.C. colours of yellow and red. Each pair of cuff links with Kilners initial and name inscribed to verso. Each hallmarked London??? with makers mark for 'Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company Ltd of Regent Street, London'. in original presentation box. Some wear to lid of box otherwise in good/very good condition. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers as lot 296 in May 1985
Estimate: £300/500
Hammer price: £650
M.C.C. won the 'Test series' by one Test to nil, with two 'Tests' drawn. West Indies had not as yet been granted Test status. On the tour, Roy Kilner took 34 wickets at 29.50 with a best of 7-50 and scored 249 runs at 22.64 with a best of 54
Lot 338:
Lot 338
Clarrie Victor Grimmett. Victoria, South Australia & Australia 1918-1941. Excellent pair of gold and enamel cuff links formerly the property of Grimmett The oval gold cuff links, each with green enamel to outer and gold shields with his initials 'C.V.G.' stamped to back '9C' for nine carat gold. In original (?)presentation box. Good/very good condition. Previously sold by Christie's Auctioneers in June 1989 as lot 284.
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: £400
Lot 339:
Lot 339
George Brown. Hampshire & England 1908-1933. 'M.C.C. tour of India 1926-1927. Madras, January 1927'. Silver plated tankard presented to George Brown whilst on the Madras leg of the tour where they played three matches in January 1927. The tankard simply engraved to side 'From Madras. George Brown. M.C.C. Tour 1927'. 'O.R.R. Imperial Plate' stamped to underside of tankard. Minor wear otherwise in good condition. Previously sold by Phillip's Auctioneers in April 1994 as lot 303.
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £120
Lot 340:
Lot 340
'Where should the Ashes be?'. A Staffordshire shaped oval ceramic dish with the figures of a lion and kangaroo in sepia, the former holding a cricket bat and the latter holding a cricket ball. Above this is the symbol for 'The Holborn Restaurant'. Circa 1930. 7.5" wide. Two sets of stamps to base for 'Bridwood, London' and 'Hotel & General, London'. Some crazing to glaze and some wear to lustre on edge otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £90
A similar dish was sold in the M.C.C. Bicentenary auction as lot 752 in April 1987 The Holborn Restaurant is situated at 252 High Holborn, London
Lot 341:
Lot 341
'For The Ashes'. Oblong shaped metal ashtray (?) with the figures of a lion and kangaroo, both holding a cricket bats with set of wickets to right hand side. 'For The Ashes' in scroll below. Stamp to back 'Dawson & Sons', possibly a brewery. The ashtray measures 5"x3.5". Sold with a further brass ashtray with impressed lion catching a ball, a kangaroo with bat under arm and stumps to outer edges with 'Ashes' to centre. Minor wear otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £50
Lot 342:
Lot 342
'Australian XI in England 1938'. Original players lapel badge produced for the 1938 Australian tour of England. The gold metal and green enamel badge made by Schlanck of Adelaide features a map of Australia to centre with a kangaroo and lion shaking hands with wording to outer rim 'Australian XI in England 1938'. A very attractive badge from the tour
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £80
Lot 343:
Lot 343
'M.C.C. tour of India, Pakistan & Ceylon 1951/52'. An Indian pierced and chased scroll container with floral decoration engraved to side cartouche 'As a token of remembrance of the Marylebone Cricket Club's visit to Quimper U.P.(Upra Pradesh) India for the 4th Test. January 12th 1952. Vizzy, President UPCA'. The scroll holder contains a silk scroll with fully printed scorecard, printed in red, of the 4th Test Match India v England, which England won by eight wickets. Gilt fringing to edges of the silk scorecard. The scroll holder mounted on a black wooden stand with applied maps of India and the United Kingdom with applied 'Upra Pradesh Cricket Association' emblem to side. Silver metal borders to sides of stand. An unusual memento of the tour presented to M.C.C. Previously sold at the M.C.C. Bicentenary auction as lot 818 in April 1987. Good condition
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
In the fourth Test, played at Green Park, Kanpur, the bowling of Tattersall who took eight wickets and Hilton who took nine wickets won the match for England in a low scoring game
Lot 344:
Lot 344
Kenneth Frank Barrington, Surrey & England 1953-1968. 'M.C.C. tour of Australia 1962/63'. Silver boomerang presented to 'K.F. Barrington. M.C.C. tour of Australia 1962/63 by the New South Wales Cricket Association'. The 6" boomerang with raised star shaped mount to centre containing an Australian oval opal stone. Inscriptions engraved to either side. The boomerang made by Prouds of Sydney, marks of the maker Prouds and 'sterling silver' to back of the boomerang, presented in original presentation box. Small white label to bottom of box printed with 'K.F. Barrington'. Previously sold by Phillip's Auctioneers in June 2000 as lot 376. Very good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £180
Lot 345:
Lot 345
Alec Victor Bedser. Surrey & England 1939-1960. Large and impressive silver plated salver with attractive grape and floral edging presented to 'Alec from 'The Boys' M.C.C. Australian Tour 1962/63'. The inscription surrounded by the engraved signatures of each of the team and staff. Alec Bedser was the assistant Manager on the tour. Made by 'Paramount, Finest Silverware' of Melbourne with stamp to base. Approximately 14.5" diameter. Good/very good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £60
Previously sold by Phillip's Auctioneers in Sale no. TO269 as lot 303
Lot 346:
Lot 346
'Canada Centennial and 100 Years of Cricket at Rideau Hall'. Large and impressive silver plate on copper salver with pie crust edging, the ground chased with a broad frieze of flowers and foliage and with inscription to centre 'Presented to M.C.C. by the Ottawa Valley Cricket Council to commemorate Canada's Centennial and 100 Years of Cricket at Rideau Hall'. Made by 'Birks, Regency Plate' of Montreal with stamp to base. Approximately 13.75" diameter. Good/very good condition. Previously sold at the M.C.C. Bicentenary auction as lot 820 in April 1987
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 347:
Lot 347
Kenneth Frank Barrington, Surrey & England 1953-1968. M.C.C. tour of India, Sri Lanka and Australia (including Centenary Test) 1976-77. Large pewter salver, the ground with tooled decoration and inscription to centre 'To Kenny Barrington. Many thanks for your devotion to the team. Tony Greig and the Boys. M.C.C. tour India, Sri Lanka and Australia. 1976-77'. 'Selegor Pewter of Malaysia & Singapore' with stamp to base. Approximately 14.75" diameter. Minor wear and scratching to outer rim otherwise in good condition. Previously sold by Phillip's Auctioneers in June 2000 as lot 355
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £80
Lot 348:
Lot 348
Kenneth Frank Barrington, Surrey & England 1953-1968. M.C.C. tour of Australia & India 1979-80. Excellent pair of silver stub candlesticks presented to Barrington as the Assistant-Manager of the M.C.C. team. One candlestick has Barrington's initials 'K.F.B.' and the other the M.C.C. emblem and the tour detail and date to sides. Silver marks for makers, Roberts & Dore and hallmarks for London 1979. Previously sold by Phillip's Auctioneers in June 2000 as lot 382
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £100
Lot 349:
Lot 349
Bob Woolmer. Kent & England 1968-1984. Silver plated rose bowl trophy produced by Bob Woolmer to thank supporters of his Benefit Year in 1984. The rose bowl with engraved 'Bob Woolmer Benefit Year 1984' emblem and wording 'Thank you for all your support, Bob Woolmer'. Approximately 7.5" tall. Good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 350:
Lot 350
Bruce French. Nottinghamshire & England 1976-1995. 'Gordon's Gin. Wicket Keeper of the Year 1984. 87 Dismissals. B.N. French- Nottinghamshire'. Large trophy won by French, the trophy consists of a mounted bronze metal wicket keeping glove with ball, again in gold, in the gloves grasp. The glove and ball mounted to a wooden plinth with titles to plate mounted to the base. Previously sold in the Bruce French Benefit auction of September 1991. Unusual. Some wear otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £50
In 1984 French made 78 catches and took 11 stumpings, the most successful season as a wicket keeper for French. Godfrey Evans ran the wicketkeeping awards scheme for Gordon's Gin
Lot 351:
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Alvin Isaac Kallicharran. Guyana, Warwickshire & West Indies 1966-1983. 'West Indies tour of India & Sri Lanka 1978/79'. Large and ornate circular commemorative hanging plaque presented to Kallicharran as Captain of the West Indies touring team to India & Sri Lanka in 1978/79. The ornate plaque with central figure of a buddha with colourful decoration, dragons and floral designs to borders. To the back is inscribed 'From the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. To A.I. Kallicharran, Captain'. The plaque measures 12" diameter. VG
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £30
Lot 352:
Lot 352
Silver plate (?) tea spoon. Unusual and attractive tea spoon in the shape of a cricket/jockeys cap. With floral and star shaped decoration and shield to peak. Approx 2" long x 1.5"x 0.5" high. Marks to inside. Good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 353:
Lot 353
Cricket snuff box. A black lacquered papier mache oblong snuff box with hinged lid, believed to be circa 1870's. The lid painted with an 18th century cricketing scene. The box measures approx 2.5"x1.25". Good condition
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £280
A similar snuff box sold for £800 (hammer) at the M.C.C. Bicentenary auction as lot 819 in April 1987
Lot 354:
Lot 354
W.G. Grace letter/note holder. A tortoiseshell backing with hinged silver figure of W.G. Grace with bat raised at the wicket. The tortoiseshell backing measures 3"x5" Made by Andrew Barret & Sons of Piccadilly, London and hallmarked London 1895. The backing has two small holes to top and appears to have been wall mounted when in use. Some chipping to edges of the tortoiseshell otherwise in good condition. Unusual
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £170
Lot 355:
Lot 355
Cricket printing plates and blocks. Box containing an unusual collection of approximately thirty five original engraved copper and metal printing plates, some mounted on wooden blocks. Subjects include bookplates for W.G., E.M. and G.F. Grace, Jack Hobbs in batting pose etc. Also fourteen members of the 1961 Australian touring party, a view of a match in progress at Scarborough etc. Also some Kent content. G
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £80

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