Autographed Cricket Ephemera

Lot 28:
Lot 28
The Australian Cricketers. Team 1899. Excellent and impressive rare linen handkerchief with printed cameo images of the Australian players, Manager and the two umpires, each named on stumps and cricket bat design. Printed title to top border 'The Australian Cricketers. Team 1899' and printed tour fixtures with date, team and venue and various images of cricketing kangaroos interwoven amongst the player images and the fixtures. Players include Darling, Noble, Kelly, Iredale, Trumble, Hill, Gregory, Howell, Worrall etc. The Manager being Major Wardill and the two umpires, C. Bannerman and E. Crockett. The handkerchief was mounted and framed for many years and when taken out of its frame some brown staining has resulted to the borders of the handkerchief where it was mounted
Estimate: £300/500
Hammer price: £260
Lot 29:
Lot 29
M.C.C. Bicentenary 1787-1987. An embroidered cloth badge and embroidered sample for a sweater badge each with M.C.C. Bicentenary detail. Sold with a collection of twelve gold metal M.C.C. blazer(?) buttons, six large, six small. Good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £20
Lot 30:
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. Sold with a typewritten letter from the Librarian at 'Cricket New South Wales' dated 2009 confirming that the name sign had indeed been used at the Sydney Cricket Ground during the 1935/36 and 1936/37 tours
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £65
Hardstaff went on the M.C.C. tours of Australia in 1935/36, 1936/37 and 1946/47
Lot 31:
Lot 31
'England's Champion Batsman. J.B. Hobbs. Surrey & England XI' 1922. Large linen handkerchief with printed headings and five images of Hobbs in various batting poses plus total runs and average in first class cricket up to 1922. Listed to outer border are details of centuries scored by Hobbs. 17"x17", mounted, framed and glazed in modern frame, overall 21"x21.5". Light creasing, otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £32
Lot 32:
Lot 32
'Lancashire County Cricket Club Season 1931. Champion County 1926, 1927, 1928 & 1930'. Large linen handkerchief with printed headings, a photograph of the team seated and standing in rows wearing cricket attire, printed names below. 17"x16.5", mounted, framed and glazed in modern frame, overall 19"x18". Some staining and creasing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £20/30
Hammer price: £10
Lot 33:
Lot 33 Lot 33
Cricket posters. Original posters for the charity match, Brondesbury C.C. v Middlesex C.C.C. 1957 and for 'The Forty Club XI (Capt. Sir Leonard Hutton v Coventry & District (Diocese) XI (Capt. J. Hews)' played at Courthaulds Sports Ground in 1962.. Both 15"x20". Horizontal and vertical folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 34:
Lot 34
'Wisden Autograph Bat. There's a Century Behind Every One"'. Colour advertising showcard c1960s. The card features an illustration to the top left corner of John Wisden, with a Wisden bat to the centre. The reference to 'a Century' may correspond to the centenary of the publication of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 1963. 12"x16". Staining and some wear, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £40
Lot 35:
Lot 35
'Hudson's Extract of Soap' c1880s/1890s. Excellent large colour advertising lithograph poster with image of a tennis player in red blazer and striped cap. 'For Cricket Lawn Tennis, Boating Flannels use Hudson's Extract of Soap... Softens Water, Lathers Freely, Leaves NO Smell'. The original poster, with odd faults and minor loss measures approx. 13.5"x18.5". Attractively mounted, framed and glazed overall 18"x23.5". Rare
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £50
Lot 36:
Lot 36
Dennis Lillee. Australia 1981/82. Three original newspaper posters each dated 28th December 1981, published during the course of the first Test v West Indies, Melbourne, 26th-30th December 1981. The Advertiser, 'Test Great Bill O'Reilly says: I raise my hat to Lillee'. 'Illawarra Mercury', 'Attaboy Dennis! It's a Record'. The Age, 'Lillee All-time Test Best'. Each poster measures approx 16"x24". G/VG
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £60
During the third day's play in the first Test, Lillee achieved his best bowling figures to date in Tests taking seven wickets for 89 runs. Australia batting first had collapsed to 26/4 before recovering to make 198, Hughes 100no. West Indies also started poorly in their first innings losing their first four wickets for only ten runs. Set 226 runs to win, West Indies were bowled out for 161, Australia winning by 55 runs. Michael Holding had match figures of 11/107 for West Indies, while Lillee's match figures were 10/127
Lot 37:
Lot 37
Dennis Lillee. Australia 1981/82. Three original newspaper posters. Sydney Morning Herald, 6th January 1982, 'Lillee: is he the greatest?', Border Mail, 18th January 1982, 'Lillee Takes on the World', and Daily Mirror, date unknown, 'C'mon Dennis C'mon'. The dates correspond with tours by West Indies and Pakistan to Australia, each playing three Tests, and a triangular one-day series. Each poster measures approx 16"x24". G/VG
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £78
Lot 38:
Lot 38
Don Bradman 1908-2001. Five original Australian and three English newspapers featuring extensive coverage of Bradman's funeral and tributes. Publications are The Advertiser, The Sunday Mail, The Herald Sun, The Sunday Morning Herald, The Observer, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. Sold with a printed 'Operational Brief' for the funeral procession containing the protocol to be observed by attendees, the route of the cortege and motor cycle escorts, emergency services, communications, personnel etc. Also four colour candid photographs of Bradman's house and the funeral cortege in progress. G
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 39:
Lot 39
'The 150th Anniversary of the Marylebone Cricket Club 1937'. An official menu, with ribbon tie in M.C.C. colours, for the 150th Anniversary Dinner held at the Savoy Hotel, 15th July 1937. Plus an official card informing the addressee of his table number at the Dinner. The addressee was Dr G.O. Gauld, Nottinghamshire C.C.C. 1913-1919. Very good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £20
Lot 40:
Lot 40
Orders of service. Four original orders of service for Tom Graveney, Worcester Cathedral 29th April 2016. David Sheppard, Liverpool Cathedral 23rd May 1997. Bob Appleyard, Bolton Abbey 31st March 2015. Brian Close, Leeds 30th September 2015. VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £48
Lot 41:
Lot 41
Orders of service. Four original orders of service for Frank Woolley, Canterbury Cathedral 18th November 1978. Leslie Ames, Canterbury Cathedral 11th May 1990. Stuart Surridge, Southwark Cathedral 16th June 1992. Geoffrey Howard, St. Mark's, Kennington Oval 28th March 2003. Some staining and creasing to the Woolley order of service, the others in good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £42
Lot 42:
Lot 42
Australian cricketers' orders of service. Three original orders of service for Bill O'Reilly, Blakehurst 1992. Ray Lindwall, St. Stephen's Cathedral 27th June 1996. Also Alan McGilvray, St. Mark's Church, Darling Point 22nd July 1996. VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £40
Lot 43:
Lot 43
Lancashire C.C.C. Five original orders of service for Peter Marner 2007, Harry Pilling 2012, Winston Place 2002, Geoff Pullar 2015, and Alan West 2014. VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £55
Lot 44:
Lot 44 Lot 44
West Indies tour to England 1923. Unusual original 20,000 Mark 'Reichsbanknote' overprinted with details of the West Indies v Norfolk County Cricket Club match, played at Norwich, 22nd-24th August 1923. Presumably produced as a fundraising and membership recruitment exercise the overprinted details state 'New subscribers will also receive free one of these genuine 20000 Mark Reichbanknotes as a souvenir (worth £1000 in 1914.)'. Horizontal fold and minor ageing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £85
West Indies won the match by 231 runs. For West Indies Challenor scored 101 in their second innings and George John took eleven wickets in the match
Lot 45:
Lot 45
'Historic Bats. Biographical catalogue of the unique collection formed by Charles Pratt Green'. J.N. Pentelow. London 1931. Original paper wrappers. Some fading to wrappers, minor loss to head of spine otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 46:
Lot 46
Dr. W.G. Grace. 'Down Went The Wicket!'. Humourous Cricket Song. Written by Rowland Colborn and composed by A.G. Colborn. c1890/1900. Original six page sheet music score with cover featuring W.G. Grace, full length, at the wicket wearing M.C.C. cap. The image, 'A Maker of Centuries: "W.G." at the Wicket', taken from an original photograph by Hawkins of Brighton. Music score to inner pages, with further specimen song 'The Wolves! or The Race for Life' to back page. The music score worn and pages becoming brittle, browning and staining, small loss to edges with repairs otherwise in generally good condition. A rarely seen score featuring Grace
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £75
Lot 47:
Lot 47
John Arlott. England v Australia. Prudential Trophy 1972. Four page original typed manuscript written by Arlott for The Guardian newspaper. The report covers the second one day international, England v Australia, Lord's, 26th August 1972 which Australia won by five wickets to level the three match series. Arlott describes Australia as 'Playing with far greater determination and technical application that when they lost the first match of the series... England apart from Close batted indecisively; for Australia the bowling of Mallett and Lillee and the steady, well judged innings of Stackpole, the two Chappells and Sheahan were decisive... Lillee, this time, bowled from his full run and in his second over he beat Boycott with a purely straight ball of such high pace that it howled through an embryo stroke and whipped out the middle stump... Close played such an innings as is rare in over-limit cricket which simultaneously secured the innings and gave it powerful impetus'. Arlott describes the run out of Close and how 'It can be argued the match was decided in that moment'. England's innings closed at 236 for nine. 'Some wayward bowling by Snow and Arnold gave the Australian innings an easy start... Stackpole thumped off the back foot and Ian Chappell struck with compact power... The younger [Greg] Chappell, who learnt much about the over-limit game while he was at Somerset, now paced the innings with sound understanding, playing his strokes with fastidious ease... Watson - with a runner - and Marsh brought the matter to a comfortable end...'. Handwritten alterations and deletions in Arlott's hand. G/VG
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £100
England went on to win the deciding match at Edgbaston by two wickets to win the three match series 2-1
Lot 48:
Lot 48
John Arlott. England v New Zealand 1973. Four original typed manuscripts written by Arlott for articles for The Guardian newspaper. The reports covers the second Test, England v New Zealand, Lord's, 21st-26th June 1973, with one article for play on days one (five page report), two, four and five (each four pages). On day one Arlott describes England, having been put in by New Zealand captain, Congdon, playing 'some injudicious strokes but five missed chances - all four main scorers were dropped early in their innings - let them escape to a score which their bowlers might yet make respectable'. The weather is described as 'a steamy atmosphere'. Boycott is described 'hooking Taylor for six, a stroke peremptory as the crack of a ring master's whip'. Later in the day with wickets falling regularly 'the English innings became a salvage operation carried out by Greig with the inordinately long tail as his junior partners'. England finished the first day on 240/9. At the end of the second day's play 'New Zealand are now 53 runs behind England with seven wickets left... [with] New Zealand favourites to win'. The pitch is described as 'firm but true... while encouraging stroke making... Snow bowled with pace, immaculate control... Arnold at the other end swung the ball within so precise a line...'. Congdon finished on 100no. Reporting after the close of play on day four, with New Zealand declaring their innings at 559/9 and England ending 224/2, Arlott comments 'New Zealand pressed towards the decision between a draw and their first win over England', England's chance of a win having already been written off by bookmakers. Arlott comments on how New Zealand 'strove to score quickly in the morning and urged on by some richly bibulous and exaggeratedly Antipodean exhortations from the tavern, bowled with all their hearts and fielded like dervishes'. In the fifth day's report Arlott notes the 'For the second time in successive Tests New Zealand had clear sight of their first win over against England; once more at Lord's yesterday, they could not grasp it... From hour to hour the balance of probability changed. In an atmosphere of dramatic suspense, New Zealand strove to win, England to save the game... Only in the last hour could England feel themselves truly safe'. Handwritten alterations and deletions in Arlott's hand. G/VG
Estimate: £140/180
Hammer price: £140
With the first two matches in the three Test series both drawn, New Zealand had the opportunity to win a series in England for the first time
Lot 49:
Lot 49
John Arlott. England v West Indies 1973. Four original typed manuscripts written by Arlott for articles for The Guardian newspaper. The reports covers the second Test, England v West Indies, Edgbaston, 9th-14th August 1973, with one article each for play on days one (four page article), two (five pages), four (four pages) and five (three pages). With the West Indies having won the toss and electing to bat, Arlott described the first day's play with 'England, with characteristic tenacity, confined West Indies to 190 runs for five wickets in a full six hours' play on a fair wicket... Only one West Indian played a significant innings: Fredericks... [who] batted all day for 98'. Having dropped a catch off Headley, Arlott states 'For Essex Fletcher constantly holds all but improbable catches; in Tests he seems a compulsive dropper'. Illingworth bowled for three and a half hours, 'At one point Illingworth had bowled eighteen overs, thirteen of them maidens, for six runs'. Day two is summarised by Arlott as being of 'little pleasure for players or spectators... the standard of play fell from splendour to grim restriction... the possibility of the game being revived to a pleasurable entertainment is now depressingly distant'. West Indies has closed their innings 327 all out (Fredericks 150) and England closed on 96/0. Arlott also reports on a dispute before play started when 'one of the umpires, Arthur Fagg, declared he would withdraw from the match unless Kanhai apologised for his reaction to a decision of the previous day. The Warwickshire coach, Alan Oakman, 'stood' for the first over when Fagg came on, saying that all had been resolved'. At the close of play on day four Arlott reports that 'The harmony of reasonable competition [had] returned... West Indies finished the day 227 in front with five second innings left... a draw is still the likeliest outcome.' The report on the final day's play confirmed the predicted draw, 'which neither side deserved to win'. Sold with a five page report on Kent beating Worcestershire to win the Benson and Hedges Cup at Lord's, 21st July 1973. Handwritten alterations and deletions in Arlott's hand. G/VG
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £125
West Indies won the three match Test series 2-0 with the Edgbaston Test drawn
Lot 50:
Lot 50
John Arlott. Middlesex v Gloucestershire, 2nd-4th May 1973. Original three page typed manuscript written by Arlott for an article for The Guardian newspaper. Writing at the close of play on the opening match of the 1973 County Championship season, Arlott describes how 'The perennial uncertainty of Maytime form produced an interestingly uneven pattern of play at Lord's yesterday. Gloucestershire, in a couple of bursts of enterprise, hauled themselves from the brink of collapse to an upright position'. Sold with a official match scorecard for the match annotated in hand by Arlott. VG
Estimate: £60/80
Hammer price: unsold
The rain affected match ended in a draw with no play possible on the second day
Lot 51:
Lot 51
'A Cricketer's Song written by Daniel H.C. Nelson, and sung at one of the meetings of the East Surrey Cricket Club, in the season of 1831'. Rare original manuscript, handwritten in ink in neat copperplate of the song subsequently published by J. Chappell of London. The poem refers to fifteen club members, beginning with the veteran Rich, ending with the umpire Dick and the author, Nelson. The sixth verse is dedicated to Wanostrocht ('Felix'), 'a model for all, and the Pink of our Club'. Owner's signature in ink to the front page of Geo Rich who, as 'the Veteran Rich', is the subject of the second and third verses. The manuscript has also been annotated in pencil, presumably by the owner, Rich, with the letters A-E, which refer to notes published in the printed version relating to four of the featured players and the church near the Club ground. The booklet is contained in a modern blue cloth slip case. A copy of the printed version was sold by Knights in 2016 for £2,400. Horizontal and vertical folds, wear to spine and some ageing, otherwise in good condition for its age
Estimate: £1800/2500
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 52:
Lot 52 Lot 52
West Kent v Australia 1934. Official printed sheet for the 'order of play' for the golf match played at West Kent Golf Club on the 29th April 1934. Title to top of sheet and players names below in 'order of play' number. All twenty of the touring party took part including the manager Bushby etc. Signed to the back of the sheet by thirteen participants, mainly in pencil, including Arthur Mailey with small self portrait caricature drawn by him, Don Bradman, Fairfax, Ponsford, Ebeling, Brown, O'Reilly, Grimmett, McCabe, Barnet, Kippax etc. The sheet with worn fold marks, small hole to centre, nicks to edge of folds, some minor soiling otherwise in good condition. An unusual autographed piece of ephemera from the 1934 tour
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £85
This golf match was played just prior to the opening tour match against Worcestershire. 'On Sunday 29th April 1934 the Australian cricketers paid a visit to the course to play a team from the West Kent club. The winners for the Australians were L Darling and A Mailey, who respectively, beat E Borradaile by 8&7 and L W Fyson by 3&1. The best golfers of the Australian cricketers were S McCabe who halved with Francis McGloin jun., and Don Bradman. The latter was partnered by C L Leman, a club member, in a foursome and they won by a hole against C Grimmett and B S Farnfield, a West Kent member'.
Lot 53:
Lot 53 Lot 53
Australia 1934. Official 'Australian XI English Tour 1934' Orient Line R.M.S. Orford' brochure. The brochure is fully and nicely signed in black ink by all eighteen members of the touring party including the management. Signatures include Woodfull, Bradman, Chipperfield, Fleetwood-Smith, Grimmett, McCabe, Ponsford, O'Reilly, Barnett, Darling, Oldfield, Kippax etc. Minor soiling and age toning to pictorial wrappers and rusting to staple area. Signatures good
Estimate: £300/400
Hammer price: £300
Lot 54:
Lot 54
'Luncheon Hosted by The Honourable Bob Carr M.P. Premier of New South Wales & Mrs Helena Carr in honour of the Success of the Australian Cricket Team West Indies Tour 1995. Official menu for the Luncheon held on the 29th June 1995 at Parliament House to the Australian touring party on their return from the West Indies 1995. Signed to the front cover by fifteen members of the party. Signatures include Bobby Simpson, Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor, Ian Healey, Greg Blewett, Tim May, Michael Slater, Mark Waugh, Paul Reiffel, Glen McGrath, David Boon etc in various coloured pens. VG
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £65
Lot 55:
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John Berry 'Jack' Hobbs. Surrey & England 1905-1934. Official menu for 'The Cricket Match of the Season' luncheon held for the charity match J.B. Hobb's XI v Wimbledon & District XVIII, 17th September 1927. The four page menu nicely signed in ink to the front cover by thirteen players. Notable signatures include Jack Hobbs, Percy Fender, Andrew Sandham, Herbert Strudwick, Albert Geary, Hugh Dales, Thomas Shepherd, Andrew Ducat, Maurice Tate etc. No record of the match can be found. Small tear to fold, minor ageing, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £100
Lot 56:
Lot 56 Lot 56
Lancashire C.C.C. 1990. Record score 863. Official menu for the end of season 'Sportsman's Dinner' held at Old Trafford, 21st September 1990, the season in which Lancashire made their record score of 863, against Surrey. The menu signed by all eleven members of the Lancashire team including Neil Fairbrother who made his record score of 366. Other signatures include Mendis, Fowler, Atherton, Watkinson, Hegg, DeFreitas, Patterson etc. Sold with a signed mono press photograph of Fairbrother etc. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £25
Lot 57:
Lot 57 Lot 57
Yorkshire C.C.C. Rare and unusual official menu for the dinner held at the Royal Victoria Ground, Sheffield, 24th November 1938. The dinner was held to celebrate the birthdays of Herbert Sutcliffe and Harry Genders, father of Roy Genders (Derbyshire, Worcestershire & Somerset 1946-1949). The menu with decorative front cover and red ribbon tie is in the style of a scoreboard showing Herbert Sutcliffe 'not out 44' and Harry Genders 'not out 56', 'Total for 0 wickets 100'. Signed to the inside front cover in pencil by nine attendees including Sutcliffe. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £55
Lot 58:
Lot 58 Lot 58
Len Hutton. One page handwritten letter, dated 7th August 1986, regarding signing books at Trent Bridge 'You will find me near the press box or nearby'. Sold with a signed copyright photograph of Hutton and Arthur Mitchell walking out to bat at Headingley, signed by Hutton and two other items signed by Hutton. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £38
Lot 59:
Lot 59
Sir William Worsley. One page handwritten letter on 'Sir William Worsley, Hovingham Hall' headed paper to Ron Yeomans of the Cricket Society regarding severing his connection as a patron of the Society, taking his name off the official letter head.... Signed in ink by Worsley. The letter undated but marked 29th July. VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £55
Sir William Worsley captained Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1928 and 1929, his only seasons of first-class cricket. The county lost only twice whilst Worsley was captain. He was President of Yorkshire CCC from 1960, until his death in 1973 and was President of the MCC in 1962.
Lot 60:
Lot 60
Australian tour of England 1896. Original printed 'Australian XI 1896' headed letter from the Australian tour manager, Harry Musgrove, to the Manageress of the Flying Horse Hotel, Nottingham regarding outstanding team members accounts, the letter dated 29th June 1896. The letter sent from the Alexandra Hotel, Bradford. 'Will you kindly post tomorrow without fail, individual accounts of those members of the team to whom you have not already given them, for their residence at your hotel. We are not very comfortable here, and would be pleased if you could post 'The Flying Horse', in the same envelope...'. Nicely signed by Musgrove. Clean tear to letter where the letter has been horizontally folded otherwise in good condition. A rare letter on official tour letterhead from the 1896 Australian tour
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £200
The Australian team had just played Nottinghamshire in a tour match from the 25th-27th June 1896 and had moved onto play Yorkshire at Bradford on the 29th June-1st July. They obviously found the hotel accommodation in Nottingham preferable to their Bradford accommodation....
Lot 61:
Lot 61
Gilbert Laird Jessop. Gloucestershire, Oxford University & England, 1894-1914. Handwritten one page letter, on St George's, Dorchester headed paper, the letter dated 31st August 1948, to a Mr Moberly. 'I am glad you enjoyed the visit to Lord's. It was a great occasion to witness Bradman's farewell to the Premier Club. What a tremendous run getting machine he has been. I knew Russell Bencraft very well and served on many Committees with him- but I don't remember your Uncle "J.C."- Gloucester had W.O. Moberly- a master at Clifton- and he served on the Committee when I took over from "W.G." - "W.O." was a fine bat and shared in a partnership with "W.G." of over 200 runs. Tempus fugit [Time flies]. Nicely signed 'Gilbert L. Jessop'. Excellent letter from Jessop with very good cricket and W.G. Grace reference. G/VG. Sold with a Members Enclosure ticket for the Oxford v Cambridge match at Lord's, 6th July 1953, signed in ink by Jessop. VG. Qty 2
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £95
Lot 62:
Lot 62
Leonard 'Len' Hutton. Yorkshire & England 1934-1955. Single page handwritten letter in ink from Hutton to a Mr. Parkin, dated in pencil '17/1/83'. Hutton is responding to an enquiry about his first cap. 'I received my County cap at Bradford in 1936. There was nothing special about the occasion, just handed to me in the dressing room. I was very pleased of course, it all came as a surprise to me'. Signed 'Len Hutton'. Horizontal and vertical folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £25
Lot 63:
Lot 63
A.A. Thomson, cricket author. Single page handwritten letter to Mr Coldham from his London address, dated 19th November 1955. Thomson is writing to 'enclose a bit more of my M.S. for you to look at. Don't let it be a burden!'. The manuscript to which he refers may be for 'Cricket My Happiness' published in 1954. Signed in ink 'A.A.T.'. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 64:
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Robert Arthur Thoms. First-class umpire 1826-1903. Undated two page handwritten note in ink in which Thoms makes observations about the introduction of white coats for umpires. "When I call to mind that the most brilliant exhibitions of batting and sterling defence that I have witnessed have been made at the time when "Umpires" were not decked with white coats, makes me come to the conclusion that the game would have flourished equally as well without this supposed adventitious aid to the batsmen - and I am quite sure that "W.G" and others... who originally performed without this adjunct... will be of the same opinion. I well recollect the first time I came across the white coats was at Scarborough... when my brother umpire brought out a couple of them and I chaffingly remarked for what are these for to keep us warm. No! he replied, they are to help the batsman to see better. See better I replied, well I have just lately watched Jupp in for two days and that is long enough for me - and he thought so too - and we did not wear them'. Thoms also writes of 'when England first met Australia at the "Oval" in 1880, the most historical and momentous match that was ever player or ever will be'. He recalls the brilliant batting of 'Lord Harris, "W.G.", Freddie Grace, A.P. Lucas, A.G. Steele, Barnes, Willie Murdoch and Percy McDonnell... and Prince Ranjitsinhji'. An excellent first hand recollection. Some creasing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £120/160
Hammer price: £120
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 65:
Lot 65
Cyril Washbrook. Lancashire & England 1933-1959. Two page handwritten letter in ink to 'Morgyn' dated 20th August 1978, written at Old Trafford. Morgyn had written while recovering from being knocked down by a car, requesting a photograph. Washbrook replies, 'I regret that I am unable to produce a photograph. Over the years there have been so many requests for these things that I have no more available'. Nicely signed 'Cyril Washbrook'. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 66:
Lot 66
Ron Yeomans, Northern Cricket Society. Single page typed letter to the collector H.W. Warner, dated 'March 21st' c1960. Yeomans is offering a selection of cricketana for sale, including a photograph of the first England team to tour Australia 1861/62, a W.G. Grace handkerchief, and a Lillywhite scorecard of 1859. G
Estimate: £20/30
Hammer price: unsold
Yeomans was the secretary of the N.C.S. and also a keen collector
Lot 67:
Lot 67
Brian Johnston. Single printed page of a thirty two line poem written by Richard Stilgoe for Johnston's memorial service held at Westminster Abbey, 16th May 1994. The page features colour caricatures of Johnston to the top corners, one of him as a flying angel carrying an 'angel cake', the other of Johnston in wicket keeping attire. Below the poem to the lower border, a line of people are queuing to enter the 'heavenly' Grace gates. One verse describes Johnston as 'the maverick new angel with ears like wings and co-respondent shoes'. VG
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £10
Lot 68:
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Alexander Josiah Webbe. Oxford University, Middlesex & England 1875-1900. Four page handwritten letter in ink from Webbe to M.J. Dauglish, Captain of the Harrow eleven in 1886. In the letter on black edged mourning paper with matching envelope, Webbe states 'how very sorry I am we didn't pull the match off yesterday. I was told the Eton bowling did it, and the general opinion was that Bromley-Davenport and Mordaunt bowled better than anyone we have seen in the school match for some years. Our bowling was decidedly weak, I certainly thought both Ramsey and Maclaren would have bowled better than they did'. Webbe continues by praising the Harrow fielding and the personal efforts of Dauglish and his captaincy. Signed 'A.J. Webbe'. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £90
The match played at Lord's 9th & 10th July 1886 was won by Eton by six wickets, Bromley-Davenport taking nine wickets in the match and Foley top scoring in Eton's first innings with 114 runs
Lot 69:
Lot 69
Stanley Winckworth Scott. Middlesex 1878-1893. Two page handwritten letter in ink from Scott replying to a request for his autograph from a lady collector. The letter dated 12th March 1889 and signed 'Stanley W. Scott'. Small adhesive marks to top edges, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £65
Lot 70:
Lot 70
Perceval Jeffrey Thornton Henery. Middlesex & Oxford University 1879-1894. Single page letter handwritten letter in ink from Henery replying to information relating to his birth place and date. 'I have to tell you that I was born in London on June 6th 1859'. The letter is dated 7th October 1890, and signed 'Percy J. T. Henery'. Small adhesive marks to corners, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 71:
Lot 71
James George Walker. Oxford University & Middlesex 1880-1890. Small single page letter handwritten letter in ink from Walker replying to a request for his autograph from a lady collector. The letter is undated, and signed 'J.G. Walker'. Small adhesive marks to lower corners, one slightly affecting the signature, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 72:
Lot 72
Edward Maitland Hadow. Middlesex 1883-1893. Single page handwritten letter in ink from Hadow replying to a request for his autograph from a lady collector. The letter dated 10th April 1889 and signed 'E. Maitland Hadow'. Small adhesive marks to corners, one slightly affecting the signature, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 73:
Lot 73
Evan Alcock Nepean. Oxford University & Middlesex 1887-1895. Two page handwritten letter in ink from Nepean replying to a request for his autograph. The letter dated 9th June 1889 and signed 'Evan A. Nepean'. G/VG
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: unsold
Nepean was one of three members of his family to play for Middlesex
Lot 74:
Lot 74
Hylton Philipson. Oxford University, Middlesex & England 1887-1898. Three page handwritten letter in ink from Philipson replying to a request from a Miss Macdonald for his autograph, '[He] much regrets that it is impossible for him to procure at this time the signatures of any members of the Oxford eleven. The term is over and they are all separated'. The letter is dated 21st March 1889 and nicely signed 'H. Philipson'. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £400
Philipson played only ten first class matches for Middlesex, but also made five Test appearances for England 1891-1895
Lot 75:
Lot 75
Arthur Kenelm Watson. Oxford University & Middlesex 1886-1894. Single page handwritten letter in ink from Watson replying to a request for his autograph from a lady collector and congratulating her on the completion of her collection. The letter dated 8th October 1889 and signed 'Arthur K. Watson'. Small adhesive marks to top corners, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/80
Hammer price: unsold
Watson played fifteen first class matches for Middlesex 1890-1894
Lot 76:
Lot 76
Francis Gilbertson Justice Ford. Middlesex, Cambridge University & England 1886-1899. Single page handwritten note in ink from Ford replying to a request for his autograph from a local cricket club. The letter dated 'Wednesday 20th' and nicely signed 'Francis G.J. Ford'. Small adhesive marks to corners, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £100
Ford was one of three brothers to play for Middlesex
Lot 77:
Lot 77
Gregor MacGregor. Cambridge University, Middlesex & England 1888-1907. Single page handwritten letter in ink from MacGregor replying to a request for his autograph from a lady collector who is collecting signatures to raise funds for a local bazaar. The letter dated 10th September [1889?] and signed 'Gregor MacGregor'. Small adhesive marks to corners, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £100
Lot 78:
Lot 78
Cyril Pelham Foley. Cambridge University & Middlesex 1888-1906. Single page handwritten letter in ink from Foley replying to a request for his autograph from a lady collector. The letter dated 'Oct 2 [1889?]' and signed 'Cyril Foley'. Small adhesive marks to corners, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £38
Lot 79:
Lot 79
Malcolm Robert Jardine. Oxford University & Middlesex 1889-1892. Single page handwritten letter in ink from Jardine replying to a request for his autograph from a lady collector who is collecting signatures to raise funds for a local bazaar. The letter dated 'June 5 [1889?]' and signed 'M.R. Jardine'. Small adhesive marks to top corners, lower right corner trimmed, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £40
Jardine played only six matches for Middlesex, all in 1892. He was the father of Douglas Jardine, future Captain of England in the infamous 'Bodyline' series of 1932/33
Lot 80:
Lot 80 Lot 80
Cyril Mowbray Wells. Cambridge University, Surrey & Middlesex 1891-1909. Two page handwritten letter in ink from Wells to an unknown recipient. The letter dated 31st March 1946 is written shortly after Wells has celebrated his 75th birthday and how he likes to enjoy his retirement fishing. Nicely signed 'C.M. Wells'. VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £30
Lot 81:
Lot 81
James Douglas. Cambridge University & Middlesex 1892-1913. Single page handwritten letter in ink from Douglas to an unknown recipient. Dated 16th April 1947, Douglas appears to be replying to an enquiry about 'survivors', presumably of the Second World War, referring to 'Hendren, young Jack Hearne & Sir Pelham Warner & I am glad to say both my brothers'. Nicely signed 'J. Douglas'. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £38

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