Cricket Ephemera

Lot 1:
Lot 1
Kent C.C.C. County Champions 1906. Rare official menu for the dinner to 'The Amateurs Kent XI (The Cricket Champions)', held at The Grand Hotel, Trafalgar Square, 10th December 1906. The menu with 'We Are a Band of Brothers' emblem and titles to front cover, black and white silk tie and gilt edges. Printed menu to inside. Minor soiling to covers otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: £290
Lot 2:
Lot 2
Kent C.C.C. County Champions 1906. Rare official menu for the dinner for the Ninth Annual Dinner of the 'Association of Men of Kent & Kentish Men' with 'Guests: Kent County Cricket Team (Champions 1906)', held at The Holborn Restaurant, London, 6th November 1906. Printed titles to front cover, menu and toast list to centre pages, programme of Association events for 1906-7 to rear cover. Foxing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: £240
Lot 3:
Lot 3
Lord Harris, George Robert Canning, Kent & England 1870-1911. 'Complimentary Dinner to Lord Harris. By a few of his cricketing friends, on his leaving England for India as Governor of Bombay 1890'. Scarce exquisite one page card menu held in honour of Lord Harris held at The Limmer's Hotel, Conduit Street on the 4th February 1890. The menu card with gold and red floral decoration to borders with detail printed to centre. Light horizontal crease and adhesive marks to verso otherwise in good/very good condition. A rare item. Sold with a trimmed sepia real photograph postcard of Harris. G
Estimate: £180/250
Hammer price: £220
Lot 4:
Lot 4
'Receive this fond token'. Exquisite Victorian folding greetings card with front cover depicting a boy cricketer wearing colourful cap about to bowl the ball next to the stumps. Title to lower border, floral decoration to borders. Blank to inside pages. Marked to back in pencil '1880'. The card a little delicate with some wear to the paper of the boy cricketer and stumps, odd folds otherwise in good condition for its age. 3"x4.75"
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £75
Lot 5:
Lot 5
'Maidenhead Cricket Club 1872'. Original printed sheet dated April 1873 being the Club's annual report with a list of members, matches played and their results in 1872 and accounts. The first recorded Club match was in August 1780, the Austin-Leigh family had eight members on the list, one of whom, E.C. Austin-Leigh, had played ten matches for Sussex. Another first-class player who was a member was A.S. Tabor (Middlesex, six matches) who played for the club in their annual match against Eton in 1872. Horizontal and vertical folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £25
Lot 6:
Lot 6
Surrey 1902. Original handbill for a 'Cricket Match... between XV of Honor Oak C.C. and Mr. E.G. Hayes' Surrey XI', played at Honor Oak Cricket Ground, 16th September 1902 in aid of the Peckham & Kent Road Pension Society. The handbill lists 'well-known Players' including Hayes, Richardson, Lockwood, Lees, Brockwell, Stedman, Davis etc, also Pearson of Worcestershire and Huish of Kent. Loss to top left corner, some foxing, horizontal fold with tape repair to verso, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £100
Lot 7:
Lot 7
'Cricket. Follow the Game with the King-Pins of Cricket, West Indians v Spartans, Sunday May 27th & Decoration Day May 30th [19]23'. Unusual and intriguing handbill for cricket match[es] played at Commercial Field, Brooklyn, New York. The handbill features lists of two teams, with short biographies of each player. Players for the 'West Indians' include Dr. W.O.B. Gibbs (captain), F. Hinds, O. Layne, E. Holder, R. Allder, A. Dash etc. Players listed for 'The Dreadnoughts' include A. Walcott (captain), A. Simpson, V. Sween, John Robinson, R. Cook etc. Printed by 'The Energetic Press', Brooklyn. Despite research, the auctioneer has been unable to find any record of the match, or the players named. 7.5"x12". G/VG
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 8:
Lot 8
'List of Cricketers, 1946'. Unusual printed broadsheet listing the players for all seventeen first class counties and the Indian touring party to England, 1946. Published by 'Press Association and Exchange Telegraph Company's Joint Service'. Additional players names have been annotated in ink. Horizontal and vertical folds, otherwise in good condition. 19.5"x12.75"
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £40
Lot 9:
Lot 9
Improvements in Cricket Bats' 1893. Three page disbound original patent with drawings for a design which 'consists in making the blade and sometimes the handle partly of thin elastic metal- by preference steel'. James Whitestone. Patent no. 7767, dated 17th April 1893. VG - cricket
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £35
Lot 10:
Lot 10
M.C.C. tour to Australia 1928/29. Original 'Daily Express Test Match Supplement' dated 6th February 1929 published during the fourth Test played at the Adelaide Oval, 1st-8th February 1929. The supplement was issued at the tea interval on the fifth day's play to announce the record third wicket partnership of 262 between Hammond and Jardine, Hammond scoring 177, and Jardine 98. Horizontal and vertical folds, tape repair to top edge, small holes to top corners, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £20
M.C.C. won the 'timeless' fourth Test by twelve runs. Hammond scored two centuries in the match, 119 in the first innings and 177 in the second. Archie Jackson top scored for Australia with 164 runs in their first innings. Jack White took thirteen wickets in the match for M.C.C.
Lot 11:
Lot 11
'Making a Good Score'. Excellent late Victorian colour chromolitho cut out picture (scrap) of a batsman, stumps and wicket keeper c1910. 8.5" tall with title to lower border. Laid to large album page surrounded by eleven other smaller scraps of cricketers in batting, bowling and fielding action, the majority approx 2.5" tall. Odd faults, otherwise in generally good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 12:
Lot 12
W.G. Grace. Hampstead v London County 1902. Original batting orders handwritten in pencil to both sides of one page. Each side lists the batting orders for the two teams, the London County team written in Grace's hand. Players in the London County team include W.G. Grace (Captain), and his son, C.B. Grace, also C.J.B. Wood of Leicestershire. For Hampstead, F.R. Spofforth. Pin hole to top edge where the notice would have been pinned up in the pavilion. Foxing to page, otherwise in good condition. Sold with two pages of typed extracts of press reports relating to the match from Neville Weston. G
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: £210
Listed at number three in the batting order is 'H.F. Hylton', an original press cutting of the scorecard for the match shows Arthur Stoddart in this position in the order. However, the accompanying press reports describes Hampstead's poor start, 'but Marsh and Hylton retrieved matters somewhat by putting on 40 for the next wicket'. This would suggest that Stoddart did not play. We can find no record of this match elsewhere. One notable feature of the match was the appearance for Hampstead of F.R. Spofforth (New South Wales, Victoria & Australia 1874-1888). Spofforth and W.G. Grace had first played against each other twenty nine years previously in 1892. The scorecard shows Spofforth, st. Marsh, b. W.G. Grace 0, and Grace, b. Spofforth, 21
Lot 13:
Lot 13
Reginald Herbert Spooner. Lancashire & England 1899-1921. Official circular complimentary ticket with string tie to the Lord's Members' Enclosure, for the first day of the Oxford v Cambridge Varsity match, 6th-8th July 1925. Issued to and signed in ink by Spooner. G/VG
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £25
Lot 14:
Lot 14
Derek Gilbert Ufton. Kent 1949-1962. Original large poster and accompanying handbill advertising a match played at the Catford Cricket Carnival for Derek Ufton's Testimonial, between Christopher Chataway's XI v Catford, 29th June 1963. Chataway's team was represented by notable sportsmen and stars of the stage, including Billie Wright (England & Arsenal Manager), Ian Craig (Australia), Laurie Fishlock (Surrey & England), Jack Martin (Kent & England),Jon Fellowes-Smith (South Africa), Roy Castle and Tony Fane (Stage) etc and Ufton. The poster measures 20"x30". Folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 15:
'Centenary of South African Test and International Cricket' 1989. Original green file containing press and media material relating to the Centenary celebrations. Contents include a large 'South African Cricket Union' handkerchief, smaller silk handkerchief produced for the Centenary Banquet, 8th March 1989 incorporating sponsors' logos, various press releases, itinerary etc. Also correspondence relating to the event sent to Chris Harte of the Australian Cricket Journal, from Dr. Ali Bacher, Albie During etc. VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 16:
Lot 16
Cricket related orders of service. Hubert Melville Martindale, 1976. Anthony Weigall, 1977. Gordon Christopher Melluish, 1977 (Essex 1926, four matches). Thomas John Mulcahy, 1981. Geoffrey Maurice Gower, 1989. Qty 5. Odd faults, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £20/30
Hammer price: £20
Lot 17:
Lot 17
Sir John Berry 'Jack' Hobbs 1924-1967. Order of Thanksgiving for Hobbs' Memorial Service held at Southwark Cathedral on 20th February 1964. Minor ageing, light vertical fold, otherwise in good condition. Rare
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £45
Lot 18:
Lot 18
John Arlott. Original typed two page manuscript for an article for The Guardian newspaper, 3rd June 1975. Arlott is reporting on the drawn County Championship, Middlesex v Surrey match played at Lord's 31st May- 3rd June 1975. Arlott comments on the Middlesex wicketkeeper, Murray, missing stumping Edrich, 'twice failing to take off the bails... he will blame himself more sternly than anyone else'. He also notes Brearley batting out the innings with Featherstone. Handwritten alterations and deletions in Arlott's hand. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £35
Lot 19:
Lot 19
John Arlott. Original typed four page manuscript for an article for The Guardian newspaper. Arlott is reporting on Surrey beating Yorkshire in the Benson & Hedges quarter final at The Oval, 12th June 1974, 'even more convincingly than the margin of 24 runs suggests'. Arlott comments on Yorkshire's decision to play five seamers and no spinner, 'Howarth, borther of the New Zealand slow left arm bowler went on to score 80 and won the match award for its major innings... Surrey's eventual 225 from 55 overs was a higher total than Yorkshire have ever scored in this competition'. Arlott makes an interesting comment about Boycott, Yorkshire Captain, 'He looms too large in his fellow countrymen's minds at the moment for his own, or his colleagues' good'. Handwritten alterations and deletions in ink in Arlott's hand. G/VG
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £50
Lot 20:
Lot 20
John Arlott. Original typed three page manuscript for an article for The Guardian newspaper. Arlott is reporting on West Indies beating England 'with depressing ease' in the second One Day International at The Oval, 7th September 1973. Arlott comments, 'English cricketers and their followers could only view this match with alarm so far as it bears on the coming Test series between the two countries in the Caribbean. The win was achieved with an air almost of condescension'. He also reports that 'No West Indian bowler sent down a bouncer... while Boyce, the most effective bowler of the [earlier Test] series was given only six overs and delivered half of them from a half-length run'. Handwritten alterations and deletions in ink Arlott's hand. G/VG
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £60
England, having narrowly won the first one day international at Headingley by one wicket in the last over, lost the second match at The Oval heavily by eight wickets with more than ten overs to spare, West Indies winning the two match series with a higher run rate
Lot 21:
Lot 21
John Arlott. Original typed three page manuscript for an article for The Guardian newspaper with particular interest relating to the 1974/75 tour to Australia. The article, written in August 1974 following the Test series against Pakistan, relates to the M.C.C. selection for the one day series against Pakistan and the impending winter tour to Australia. Arlott comments on 'The Prudential Trophy matches are being played for substantial sums of money and these are by the selectors' standards, pragmatic selections. The players themselves would resent experiment. As for the touring side, those of the past usually carried at least a couple of young players as an investment against the future. This one does not'. Arlott continues that 'the party has been chosen - defensibly - specifically for the purpose of winning the series in Australia... it offers a depressing prospect for the future'. Arlott describes Boycott as 'the most complete current English batsman... Underwood on a damaged wicket would win a match... Lever is bowling with improbable fire' and a 'dearth of test-quality all rounders'. Regarding the Australian team, Arlott comments, 'There is no evidence that Lillee can reproduce his former speed... Meanwhile the vaunted Thomson... has played one Test and then with little effect... Under-rated English sides of good heart have succeeded in Australia before now; this one may do as much'. Handwritten alterations and deletions in ink Arlott's hand. G/VG
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £60
Australia regained the Ashes winning the six match series 4-1 with one match drawn, the bowling duo of Lillee and Thomson being a significant factor
Lot 22:
Lot 22
John Arlott. Original typed four page manuscript for an article for The Guardian newspaper written at the close of the first day's play in the third Test against West Indies, Lord's, 23rd August 1973. Arlott describes the Lord's pitch, 'After a few spurts of morning life the pitch relapsed into general torpor with a tendency to lower bounce at the nursery end'. Kanhai having won the toss for the third time in the series 'gave West Indies first innings'. He comments on bringing in 'Willis for the injured Old while West Indies left out Headley, [used] Murray in his place as opening batsman and brought in Foster'. Regarding England's bowling Arlott comments on Greig's bowling having lost accuracy and being cautioned for running on the wicket, Underwood being 'encouraged by a few balls which turned', Lloyd and Kanhai making 'batting look pleasurably simple with Kanhai making his century'. Sobers' arrival at the crease presented the bowlers with 'a more daunting prospect'. Handwritten alterations and deletions in ink Arlott's hand. G/VG
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £45
West Indies won by an innings and 226 runs
Lot 23:
Lot 23
John Arlott. Original typed four page manuscript for an article for The Guardian newspaper written at the close of the second day's play in the third Test against West Indies, Lord's, 24th August 1973. In a day in which 'Another large, and in some sections, highly demonstrative crowd, had fine entertainment; they saw 405 runs scored', West Indies had declared their first innings at 652-8, Kanhia scoring 157, Sobers 150 and Julien 121, leaving 'a weary [England] team almost an hour and a half to bat'. England ended the day 'with seven first innings wickets left... 564 behind'. The article describes the quality of Sobers' innings and his partnership with Bernard Julian, and the rearguard batting of Amiss and Fletcher during the last hour's play. Handwritten alterations and deletions in ink Arlott's hand. G/VG
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £50
Lot 24:
Lot 24
Australian tour of England 1926. Cotton table cloth, with floral design border, signed by sixteen members of the touring party and then hand embroidered in various coloured threads. Signatures include Collins, Taylor, Ryder, Richardson, Bardsley, Collins, Grimmett, Ponsford, Woodfull, Mailey etc. 34"x34". Minor foxing/rusting marks otherwise in good condition. Unusual
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 25:
Lot 25
'The Eleven of England 1847'. Original early silk commemorative handkerchief depicting the England eleven of 1847, after the watercolour by Felix. The handkerchief portrays Sewell, Lillywhite, Pilch, Dorrington, O.C. Pell, N. Felix, Clarke, Dean, W. Dennison, A. Mynn, Parr & Guy. Mounted overall 35"x39". Some age toning, wear and loss to folds on centre of image, other odd faults to extremities. A rare and early handkerchief in generally good condition for its age.
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 26:
Cricket ephemera. Box containing an interesting assortment of cricket ephemera including dinner menus, postage stamps, modern postcards of cricket grounds, press photographs, pin badges, sweet and biscuit tins, matchboxes, reproduction trade cards, cuttings, J/V series postcards, an official tie and correspondence relating to the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust, cigarette cards etc. Formerly the property of the collector, Michael Beer. G/VG
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £90
Lot 27:
Don Bradman. 'Vale The Don 1908-2001. Australian Legends'. Two commemorative covers and a set of stamps in presentation folder published by The Bradman Foundation, Bowral, 2001. Sold with three books, 'Bradman a Tribute', 'Sir Donald Bradman A.C.', Sydney 1998, and 'Images of Badman', New South Wales 1997 in slipcase. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: unsold

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