Autographed Cricket Ephemera

Lot 28:
Lot 28
Hanson 'Sammy' Carter, New South Wales & Australia, 1897-1925. Ink signature of Carter on small narrow piece laid down to slightly larger card. Sold with a sepia copy photograph of Carter. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £32
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Lot 29
Ernest Harvey Bromley, Victoria, Western Australia & Australia, 1929-1939. Ink signature of Bromley on piece laid down to slightly larger card, the piece tightly trimmed. Sold with a mono copy photograph of Bromley. G/VG - cricket
Estimate: £20/30
Hammer price: £10
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Lot 30
Frederick William 'Fred' Tate, Sussex & England, 1887-1905. Ink signature of Tate on piece laid down to slightly larger card. Tightly trimmed to top edge. Sold with a sepia copy photograph of Tate. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £42
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Lot 31
Herbert Strudwick. Surrey & England 1902-1927. Excellent ink signature of Strudwick on card window mounted with a sepia cigarette card of Strudwick in wicket keeping pose. Attractively mounted, framed and glazed. VG - cricket
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £10
Lot 32:
Lot 32
Cricket signatures 1950/2000's. Large selection of autograph sheets, pre printed autograph cards, album pages, brochures etc signed by prominent cricketers of the 1970/2000's. Signatures include Gooch, Warne, Tendulkar, Sobers, Younis, Waugh, May, Viv Richards, Kanhai, Lloyd, Kumble, Donald, Cronje, Border, Boycott, Akram, Ambrose, Hadlee, Greig, New Zealand and England 1983, Auckland 1959, Otago 1959 etc Many sheets and cards not complete, some heavy duplication of signatures, some signatures laid down on labels, pieces. G/VG
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £150
Lot 33:
Lot 33
William Frederick Bates. Yorkshire, Glamorgan & Wales 1907-1931. Excellent ink signature of Bates on card. To verso in pencil is written '1909 signature'. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £15
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Lot 34
David Hunter. Yorkshire 1888-1909. Excellent ink signature of Hunter on card. To verso in pencil is written '1909 signature'. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £30
Lot 35:
Lot 35
Hubert Myers. Yorkshire 1901-1910. Excellent ink signature of Myers on card. To verso in pencil is written '1909 signature'. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £15
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Lot 36
John Thomas Newstead. Yorkshire 1903-1913. Excellent ink signature of Newstead on card. To verso in pencil is written '1909 signature'. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £20
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Lot 37
James William Rothery. Yorkshire 1903-1910. Excellent ink signature of Rothery on card. To verso in pencil is written '1909 signature'. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £15
Lot 38:
Lot 38
William Herbert Wilkinson. Yorkshire 1903-1910. Excellent ink signature of Wilkinson on card. To verso in pencil is written '1909 signature'. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £15
Lot 39:
Lot 39
Benjamin Birdsall Wilson. Yorkshire 1906-1914. Ink signature of Wilkinson on card. To verso in pencil is written '1909 signature'. Some smudging to the signature
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 40:
Lot 40
David Denton. Yorkshire & England 1894-1920. Excellent ink signature of Denton on card. To verso in pencil is written 'Signed 1909 at Bradford June 21st v Australian tourists'. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £30
Lot 41:
Lot 41
George Herbert Hirst. Yorkshire & England 1891-1929. Excellent ink signature of Hirst on card. To verso in pencil is written 'Signed 1909 at Bradford June 21st Yorkshire v Australians'. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £15
Lot 42:
Lot 42
Don Bradman. Signature in ink of Bradman on small card, signed in 1930. VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £30
Lot 43:
Lot 43
Don Bradman. Signature in ink of Bradman on small page laid down to card. Signed at Lord's 25th August 1948. Some creasing to page, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: unsold
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Lot 44
Don Bradman. Signature in ink of Bradman on small page. Signed in later years. VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 45:
Lot 45
William Ward. Surrey, Hampshire & M.C.C. 1810-1845. Signed free-front envelope to a Right. Hon. Earl Winterton of Godalming, dated and sent from 'London, Sept. twenty two 1826'. Signed 'W. Ward' in black ink. A very rare early signature of Ward, a right handed batsman and occasional lob-bowler who played 130 first class matches and was considered for many years one of the leading batsman in England. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £180
William Ward was born in 1787 and educated at Winchester where he first played cricket. His first recorded match was in 1810 when he played for England against Surrey at Lord's. His greatest achievement was when playing for M.C.C. v Norfolk at Lord's in 1820 he scored 279, a record that remained unbroken until W.G. Grace made 344 in 1876. He made eighteen appearances for the Gentlemen v Players between 1819-1838. In 1825 he bought from Thomas Lord, the lease of Lord's cricket ground for five thousand pounds, when Lord was considering selling the ground for building. In 1836 J.H. Dark purchased the remainder of the lease from Ward. Ward was M.P. for the City of London between 1826-1831. He died in 1849
Lot 46:
Lot 46
Don Bradman. White card with a photograph cutting of Bradman standing with his wife, Jessie. Nicely signed by both Don and Jessie Bradman. Unusual to see both signatures together. G/VG
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 47:
Lot 47
W.G. Grace. Large bold ink signature of Grace on small page. G/VG
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £70
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Sri Lanka 1980s-2010s. Fifteen signatures of Sri Lanka Test cricketers in ink individually signed or on pieces laid to cards. Signatures include Dilshan, Vaas, Ranatunga, Jayasuriya, Muralitharan, Dias, Herath, Kaluwitharana etc. G/VG
Estimate: £15/25
Hammer price: £10
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New Zealand 1940s-2000s. Fifty signatures of New Zealand Test cricketers in ink individually signed or on pieces laid to cards. Signatures include Cave, Reid, Rabone, Hayes, Mooney, Meale, Pollard, Hayes, C. Cairns, Fleming, Greatbatch, Morrison, Parore, Bracewell, McCullum, Oram, Styris, Vettori, Southee etc. Odd duplicates. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £85
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South Africa 1920s onwards. Selection of seventy signatures of South Africa Test cricketers, the majority signed to cards, others on pieces laid down to cards. Earlier signatures include Jack Siedle, Bob Crisp, Ali Bacher, Lindsay Tuckett, Denis Begbie, Ken Viljoen, Syd Burke, Robert Harvey, Jackie McGlew, Bruce Mitchell, Athol Rowan, Eric Rowan, Clive van Ryneveld, John Waite, Ken Funston, Trevor Goddard etc. Odd duplication. A good selection of signatures . G
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £0
Lot 50:
Lot 50
England Test cricketers. Twelve signatures in ink either signed to card or on piece laid down to card, some signed to business cards. Signatures are Peter May (two signatures), Bob Wyatt, Hopper Levett, Cyril Walters, Gubby Allen (two), Reg Santall, Charlie Parker, Herbert Strudwick, Herbert Sutcliffe and Bill Bowes. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 51:
Lot 51
England Test and county cricket autographs 1920s-2000s. A selection of over sixty signatures in ink either signed to cards, cuttings etc some on piece or label laid down to card. Signatures include A.G. Pawson, F. Price, N. Hussain, M. Atherton, M.C. Cowdrey, C. Washbrook, D. Brookes, C. Broad, S. Broad, R. Swetman, K. Pieterson, R.E.S. Wyatt etc. Odd duplication. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £20
Lot 52:
Lot 52
Yorkshire C.C.C. autographs 1910s-2010s. A selection of approximately seventy signatures in ink either signed to cards, cuttings, labels etc some on piece or label laid down to card. Earlier signatures include E. Leadbeater, E. Oldroyd, A.W. Lupton, J. Hampshire, R. Illingworth, F. Trueman, G. Keighley, T. Lester, V. Wilson, E.P. Robinson, D. Padgett, K. Taylor etc. Some duplication. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £48
Lot 53:
Lot 53
Australia cricketers 1930s-1990s. Fifteen signatures on cards or labels. Signatures include Don Bradman, Ernie McCormick, Harry Alexander, Hunter Hendry, Ron Hamence, Ted White, Len Darling, Shane Warne, David Hussey, Ed Cowan, Matthew Elliott, Michael Bevan etc. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £30
Lot 54:
Lot 54
Test and County cricketers. Forty very nicely signed and presented postcard size white cards. Signatures include Peter Parfitt, George Mann, Dennis Amiss, Alec Bedser, Trevor Bailey, Dickie Bird, Geoff Boycott, Mike Brearley, Ian Botham, Andy Caddick, Brian Close, Colin Cowdrey, Kenneth Cranston, Mike Denness, Hubert Doggart, Ted Dexter, John Edrich, Godfrey Evans etc VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £25
Lot 55:
Lot 55
International Test cricketers. Twenty eight very nicely signed and presented postcard size white cards, some signatures on pieces laid down. Signatures include Sachin Tendulkar (India), Shane Warne, Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, Mark Taylor, Glenn McGrath, Kepler Wessels, Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden (Australia), Courtney Walsh, Clyde Walcott, Richie Richardson, Vic Richards, Malcolm Marshall (West Indies), Pat Symcox, Richard Snell, Jonty Rhodes, Barry Richards (South Africa), Ken Rutherford (New Zealand) etc. VG
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £50
Lot 56:
Lot 56
Kingsley Amis. Novelist, poet and critic, 1922-1995. Single page typed letter dated 19th July 1963 from Amis in Cambridge to his close friend John Arlott. Subjects covered include Amis belatedly returning 'the perishing Sampler' which Arlott had previously passed to him. He also discusses his impending move to Majorca '(we go finally on 20th September)', congratulates the Arlotts on the forthcoming birth of their child stating 'we, I think, have something similar on the way, though it's early to tell yet', and describes his disillusionment on his academic life in Cambridge, 'Remind me some time to do my imitation of the archetypal Cambridge undergraduate lecturing his parents about Gielgud'. Signed in ink 'Kingsley'. VG
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £65
Lot 57:
Lot 57
F.S. Ashley-Cooper. Two small pages of notes relating to Nottinghamshire cricket written in ink in Ashley-Cooper's own hand. One is a list headed 'Hits out of T.B. [Trent Bridge]' and lists nineteen occasions from 1863 to 1923 when a batsman hit the ball out of the ground, with dates, batsman, team and bowler listed. Several Australians are recorded including G.J. Bonnor in 1880, G. Giffen and P.S. McDonnell in 1882 etc. The other page lists Nottinghamshire captains from Clarke to Carr with pencil amendments. G
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £75
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William Norman Birkett 1883-1962. Two page typed letter from Birkett to the publisher 'Mr [Les] Gutteridge' written on Royal Courts of Justice letterhead and dated 31st October 1955. Birkett is replying to an enquiry about a poem that Birkett's wife, a keen cricketer, was given by a friend. Birkett feels it may have been written by T.P. Cameron Wilson who wrote an unpublished poem on 'Sportsmen in Paradise' (Padwick 6545, a facsimile typed copy of the poem is included). Birkett concludes with advise on contacts for Gutteridge to make further enquiries. Nicely signed in ink 'Norman Birkett'. Folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
Lord Birkett was a judge at the Nuremberg Trials, a Member of Parliament, a Vice-President of Lancashire C.C.C., and author of 'The Game of Cricket'. Wilson was an English poet and novelist of the First World War, best known for his poem 'Magpies in Picardy' published posthumously in 1919 by The Poetry Bookshop
Lot 59:
Lot 59
Edmund Charles Blunden. One page handwritten letter in ink from Blunden to John Arlott from the University of Hong Kong, dated 24th August 1954. Blunden is eagerly anticipating Arlott's visit to the Far East en route to Australia for the forthcoming Ashes series. Blunden comments that Arlott is unlikely to see much cricket in Japan, although 'The Victory of Pakistan should encourage them to send a team at once if only XI men who had previously performed only at baseball or cormorant fishing'. Signed 'Yours ever E.B.'. Horizontal and vertical folds, minor foxing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £60
Blunden was a First World-War poet, author of 'Cricket Country', and was a close friend of Siegfried Sassoon
Lot 60:
Lot 60
Robert Alan Boddington. Lancashire & Oxford University 1913-1924. Single page handwritten letter in ink, undated. Boddington is replying to a request for his autograph, Nicely signed 'R.A. Boddington'. Adhesive damage to verso, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £28
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Lot 61
William Eric 'Bill' Bowes. Yorkshire & England 1927-1947. Single page typed letter from Bowes to J.D. Coldham, written from his home in Yorkshire and dated 2nd November 1982. Bowes is replying to a request for information on F.S. Jackson on whom Coldham was writing a book. Bowes reports on Jackson's occasional visits to the Yorkshire dressing room. 'Whether it was necessary or not the chairman or captain would speak the name of the player. With Herbert Sutcliffe or Maurice Leyland there would be a minute of two of friendly or light conversation and with the rest a shake of the hands, a word or two of congratulation to the player who had done well... or to me, "Hello Bowes. I haven't seen you bowl to-day but I was at Lord's and I liked the way you bowled to Patsy. He's a good player, isn't he." And so on. He gave the impression of knowing and being in touch with the game and he automatically commanded respect'. Signed in ink 'Bill Bowes'. Horizontal fold, good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £50
Lot 62:
Lot 62
Neville Cardus. Handwritten two page letter from Cardus on National Liberal Club letterhead, dated 17th April 1948, written to Siegfried Sassoon. 'I came back again from Australia yesterday & your letter was waiting for me here. I can't expect to tell you in a brief letter how much pleasure you have given me - and pride. To have warmed your heart and nourished your mind!' He hopes they can meet soon and he reports how difficult it was to write 'on a noisy distracting ship' in the Suez Canal. 'I tried to write another chapter to a book I'm working on and it was about George Meredith & the absurd belittlement of him a few years ago'. He closes with the hope that they can discuss this when they meet. Nicely signed 'Neville Cardus'. Horizontal fold, good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £140
Lot 63:
Lot 63
George Duckworth. Lancashire & England 1923-1938. Handwritten plain postcard to Fred Berry, Blackpool C.C., undated but postmarked 26th July 1946. Duckworth is writing to confirm the team for a forthcoming match. 'Everybody OK except Connie [Learie Constantine] who has a broken finger'. The team is Duckworth, Hallows, Oldfield, Rae, Parkin (Lancashire), Smith (Middlesex), Cutmore (Essex), Pepper (Australia), Achong, Martindale (West Indies). 'Have asked Nutter [or Hutton?] to replace Connie'. Signed 'Best wishes, Duckie'. It is assumed that Duckworth was putting together a team for a charity match, but no record of this team playing can be found. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £20
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Edward Desmond Russell Eagar. Gloucestershire, Oxford University & Hampshire 1935-1957. Four page handwritten letter from Eagar to John Arlott. Written on Grand Hotel Leicester letterhead, dated 12th August 1956. The main subject of the letter relates to the impending publication of 'the History [Hampshire County Cricket: The Official History]. I intend visiting Phoenix [publisher] in September to agree finally on what should & should not be included. I hope we can arrange a mutually convenient date as I would like you there'. Eagar continues to report on 'A great performance at Rushen (what a hole)' where Hampshire had beaten Northamptonshire by ten wickets '& they did well at Canterbury from which I have been much encouraged personally'. Regarding the captaincy, 'Leo [Harrison] has captained admirably & will do so in County matches in future before Colin [Ingleby-Mackenzie] (who has had some poor matches - as captain). This - entre nous (French!) please'. Other subjects covered include their cricket collections, captaincy and players' benefit matches. Signed 'Yours, Desmond'. An interesting letter relating to Hampshire cricket, and their shared interests in literature and collecting. Light folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £68
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Beatrice Fry, wife of C.B. Fry. Handwritten two page letter on 'Fry's Magazine' headed paper, crossed out with replies requested to the Fry's family home at Glenbourne Manor, Hampshire. The letter, dated 21st August 1908, to the author E.V. Lucas. She encloses an 'odd little book' hoping it would be of help. She continues to give the names of those who 'will give you all information' including J.A. Best, Hon. Sec. Hambledon C.C. 'We will put you both up with much pleasure'. The invitation relates to the Hambledon v All England match played on 10th, 11th and 12th September 1908. 'The chances are the weather will have broke, but we will hope on'. Nicely signed 'Beatrice Fry'. Some ageing, wear and creasing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £110
The weather held for the match referred to in this letter, Hambledon v England XI (actually twelve a side) played at Broad Halfpenny Down. The England XI was captained by Gilbert Jessop and included J.T. Hearne, A.E. Trott, W.E. Astill, A.E. Knight etc. For Hambledon, C.B. Fry, E.G. Wynyard, C.P. Mead, W.H. etc. The Captain was Edward Whalley-Tooker playing his last first class match. Hambledon won the match by five wickets with Fry scoring 68no in their second innings
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J.W. Goldman, cricket collector. Three page handwritten letter written from his home in Kerry where he lives May to October, dated 18th May 1969. In the letter to Mr [J.D.] Coldham, Goldman writes 'What a pity you did not contact me earlier as the remainder of my Cricket Library about 2000 is still in Egham. It might be better if you waited until October when you can come over as all my [E.V.] Lucas stuff has not been touched'. He continues by saying how well he knew Lucas' and he certainly was not a bore. He was eccentric yes as many geniuses are. I had him and Plum Warner to my house on more than one occasion to dinner and they came at 7 & stayed till 3am & I was not bored, at any rate not with E.V.L.'. He describes Lucas signing a book for him, and that 'one year he sent me a Xmas Card with the words added "As long as we have Wally Hammond, the Duke of Windsor can have Wallie Simpson"'. Goldman describes Lucas' interests outside cricket, namely county history, topography and fine champagne, and states that he is happy for Coldham to use this information with acknowledgement. He closes saying he doesn't get to see much cricket, relying on 'Wisden, Wireless & the papers etc' and that 'the Cricket Society Journal was very good. Young Rosenwater seems to have come on a lot'. Nicely signed by Goldman. Light folds otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £65
Coldham's article on Lucas to which Goldman refers appeared in the Cricket Society Journal of Autumn 1971 and recounts some of the information provided by Goldman in this letter
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Edgar Mervyn Grace, son of Edward Mills Grace and nephew of William Gilbert Grace. Three page handwritten letter written on Thornbury letterhead and dated 4th August 1915 to F.S. Ashley-Cooper. Grace writes to confirm he has 'at last received my box of books from my brother who enlisted & I have found the old minute book of the Thornbury C.C. with the accounts of the club from its earliest days'. Grace asks for the return of photographs he had provided and asks 'is there any chance of the book being published this year or will you wait till the War is over', referring to Ashley-Cooper's biography of E.M. Grace which was published in 1916. Regarding Grace's family, he reports 'W.G. looked extremely fit & well & as jolly as ever at poor Uncle John Dann's funeral'. Nicely signed 'E.M. Grace'. Folds and some staining to one edge, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £70
Despite appearing fit and healthy in August 1915, W.G. Grace died two months later in October. Edgar Grace first played for Thornbury aged nine and continued for 62 years including 37 as captain
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Charles Pratt Green. Cricket collector and wine merchant. Two page handwritten letters dated 10th February 1947 and 18th March 1948 from his Malvern home to J.D. Coldham. Aged 94, Green states that 'I am now totally blind and dependent on others' and these letters have been dictated and transcribed by either his wife or daughter. The first letter refers to a purchase of material by 'a Capt F.B. Milne a few years before the War... He was paying me by instalments but for years past I have not received a penny & he still owes me £14. If therefore you can oblige me with an address that will find him I should be grateful'. He describes how he has 'nothing left of interest' having cleared much of his collection before moving house, a collection which included 'an array of 151 Bats with a story going back to 1827. 149 of these are now in Sir Julian Cahn's pavilion at West Bridgford. 'The[ir] biographical and descriptive catalogue is practically a history of the game'. The second letter acknowledges Coldham's help in recovering the debt owed by Capt. Milne. He notes that Coldham has books by E.V. Lucas and F.S. Ashley-Cooper, 'Both authors were my friends. E.V. Lucas wrote a lengthy account of the Bats in the Sunday Times about 1930. I was deeply attached to Ashley-Cooper whom I helped with Cricketana in his school days... In his last illness he disposed of his vast collection to Sir Julien Cahn for £800'. Light folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £55
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William Frederick Grundy, cricket author. Four page handwritten letter, dated 10th May 1917, from Grundy to the cricket writer and collector, A.D. Taylor. 'I send you a little print of some of the letters I received acknowledging the memento of Arthur Shrewsbury and Alfred Shaw which I published some years since. I put it together in 1910 but a long unwellness coming on and the war caused it to be delayed until recently'. The 'memento' to which Grundy is referring is 'A Memento of two great Notts. cricketers, Arthur Shrewsbury and Alfred Shaw' published in 1907 (Padwick 8034). The later booklet which accompanied this letter to Taylor, 'Letters of acknowledgement of the Memento...' is listed in Padwick 8035, and having been published in 1910, whereas this letter suggests that the booklet was actually published in 1917. Grundy continues by bemoaning the continuing War, 'I am sorry the game has had to go under for the time being and will take a long time to get into anything like its old form after the War has ended. I saw... that our Notts. John Gunn who is verging on 41 has been called up. He has two sons already gone and his brother George has been in the transport service at the front for a year or two'. Regarding collecting, Grundy refers to F.S. Ashley-Cooper whose collection 'numbered over 3 thousand publications', and closes with a recount of meeting George Wootton, 'the old Notts. bowler. He was very well and came on his bicycle to meet me at the station altho' was attaining his 82nd year in October. I got his autograph opposite the photo in which he is in my memento'. Signed 'W.F. Grundy'. An interesting letter with good Nottinghamshire content. G/VG
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £85
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Leslie Gutteridge, cricket book dealer and collector. Single page typed letter to John Arlott on Epworth Second Hand Books letterhead, dated 8th November 1963. Gutteridge is writing regarding details of a book of Old Ballads of 1780 in four volumes. He also thanks Arlott for his comments on 'the Warner - Ross situation. My information agrees that Warner will never sell unless he makes a severe loss - by which time it [the Cricketer] will not be worth selling! The Cricket Quarterly now has a circulation of 610!!'. Signed in ink 'Leslie'. Light folds otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £30
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Len Darling. Victoria & Australia 1926-1937. Single page handwritten letter from Darling written in New South Wales and dated 14th February 1989. Darling is replying to a request for autographs. He reminisces about the 1934 tour to England, his first tour with Australia, and to South Africa in 1935/36, and looks forward to watching on television the impending tour to England. Sold with an album page signed by four members of the 1968 International Cavaliers team including Don Kenyon, Bryan Davis, Godfrey Evans etc. Light folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £40
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Levi George Wright. Derbyshire 1883-1909. Single page handwritten letter in ink written on Midland Railway Chief Mechanical Engineer's Office letterhead and dated 20th July 1914. Wright is writing to an unknown correspondent thanking him for the receipt of the 'American Cricketer'. He continues, 'I am sorry to tell you I have given up the game and taken to the ancient [game] of bowls. I was far from well last year and took to bowls as a lighter recreation. I am glad to say I am well again now though but cannot very well intrude on the younger generation although the longing for a game occasionally comes over me'. Signed 'L.G. Wright'. Horizontal and vertical folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: unsold
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John Crawford William 'Jack' MacBryan. Cambridge University, Somerset & England 1911-1931. A black folder comprising approximately sixty handwritten letters from MacBryan, the majority to 'Edward Francis', along with a good number of copies of typed replies from Francis to MacBryan. Also typed manuscripts with annotations for articles, and MacBryan's England tie. The letters cover the period 1977 to 1982. Subjects covered include stories about his old friend Sammy Woods; MacBryan playing in the match in which Hobbs equalled W.G. Grace's record of centuries; not being selected for the 1924/25 tour to Australia with the selector P.R. Johnson describing him as 'too bad tempered'; the reason for his poor throwing in the field being due to dislocating his shoulder playing rugby for Bath in 1912; his lack of respect for his J.C. 'Farmer Jack' White who was not called up to serve in the first World War; a description of an injury to his lower arm sustained by Duleepsinhji having been mauled by a tiger; his wartime memories of being wounded and captured during the retreat from Mons, being held as a prisoner of war in Holland, and his brother being killed in action; his batting style impressing Yorkshire players including Wilfred Rhodes who described him as looking 'more like a Yorkshire pro than a Somerset amateur' etc. An excellent personal recollection. G/VG
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: £400
MacBryan played only one Test match for England, against South Africa in 1924. In the rain affected match he did not bat, did not bowl and took no catches, an unfortunate distinction he holds to this day. At the time of his death in 1991 aged 90, MacBryan was the oldest surviving England Test player. Described as a neat, correct and gritty batsman, he was often uncomplimentary about Somerset county cricket in the 1920s and his attitude to authority in general. A good hockey player, he won a gold medal as a member of the 1920 Olympic British hockey team
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Cricket letters. Selection of eight letters: A.A. Thomson to Coldham 1955 regarding a forthcoming book, Cyril Washbrook 1978 regarding an autograph request, Ron Yeomans to H.W. Warner c1960 regarding the sale of cricketana, Bob Barber 1959 and Jack Bond to Sokell (2 letters) regarding attendance at an event and a meeting, 'Bob' Arrowsmith to Coldham 1982 regarding cricket research, R.G. Barnes 'Oxford & M.C.C. 1906-1920' to Altham 1959 regarding a cricket poem he had written and a single page letter from Barrauds, photographers, Liverpool 1889 regarding a request for a photograph of cricketer, Allan G. Steel. Good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £65
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John Betjeman. Poet, writer and broadcaster. Single page typed letter on 43, Cloth Fair, London letterhead dated 15th December 1960. Writing to P.A.L. Barling, Betjeman states, 'I can't make definite arrangements more than three months ahead now; if I do I find I am always having to cancel things. If you will write again in, say, July, I can let you have a definite answer'. Signed in ink 'John Betjeman'. At the time Barling was responsible for organising functions for the Cricket Society. G
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
Betjeman, a keen cricket follower, was Poet Laureate from 1972 until his death in 1984, and was a founding member of the Victorian Society
Lot 76:
Lot 76
Frederick Gale. Handwritten twelve page letter written in Manitoba, Canada, dated 1st December 18932, to his friend 'Mr [R.S.] Holmes'. 'Can you help one in a fix? My portmanteau was stolen on my way here and was picked up on the trail 8 months afterwards & nothing left in but wearing apparel which was marked with my name'. Most important to Gale was the loss of his only copy of Public School Matches of 1853 and also a later edition and he asks if Holmes can lend him his copy 'as I want to copy the pictures'. Gale, living with his son and feeling in much better health is enjoying shooting geese and getting exercise. Much on life in the prairies and the extreme cold, interlaced with talk of cricket back in England: O'Brien, Grace, Fuller Pilch, Steele, the over-use of pads and leg protection, etc. 'Do you know any Editor who needs a correspondent - 2000 words and no padding?' G/VG
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £85
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 77:
Lot 77 Lot 77
John Berry 'Jack' Hobbs. Surrey & England 1905-1934. Two page handwritten letter in ink dated 20th July 1931 to 'Mr Pilleau'. Hobbs is writing regarding 'the pictures you ordered at Horsham'. Hobbs continues, 'It is now settled that I shall play for Surrey again next year but I shall be allowed to stand down when I wish... Glad to hear the news about the bat, it should belong to you after all the trouble & expense you were put to'. Signed 'J.B. Hobbs'. Some foxing and staining affecting the signature, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 78:
Lot 78
William 'Bill' Voce. Nottinghamshire & England 1927-1952. Single page handwritten letter from Voce replying to an enquiry regarding a photograph. The letter is undated but written in later years. Signed 'Bill Voce'. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 79:
Lot 79
Harold Larwood. Nottinghamshire & England 1924-1938. Single page handwritten letter from Larwood to an unknown correspondent in which Larwood is requesting six copies of a photograph of Larwood and Voce, 'the best I have seen... it is Mrs Larwood who asked this favour, for our daughters'. The letter is undated. Nicely signed 'Harold Larwood'. G
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 80:
Lot 80
William Barnes. Nottinghamshire & England, 1875-1894. Short note written by Barnes from Lord's, 'Hope you will have great success. Yours W. Barnes'. Sold with a sepia photograph of the player etc. Slight smudging to the otherwise excellent signature of Barnes. Rare
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £240
Lot 81:
Lot 81
Alfred Shaw. Nottinghamshire, Sussex & England 1864-1897. Rare and excellent three page handwritten letter from Shaw to an unknown correspondent, dated 6th March 1896. The subject appears to relate to something of a sensitive nature, possibly about Lord Sheffield, having been passed to the press. 'Yours duily [sic] to hand I am very sorrow [sic] for as I well know you would do your best. I can assure you I was afrade [sic] thay [sic] would be a mistake as I know one word would do it but do not be afrade [sic] I often get into these scrapes and get right again. I shall be having something els [sic] before long and then I will see you and then we can manage it all right. His Lordship does not know who I sent it too [sic] and I have not told him and shall not do so but I shall tell him when he as [sic] anything Perticler [sic] to let me run up to London and see you and I know he will agree with me. If you see any one of the Editors of those papers you sent it to will you kindly ask them to always put any article in theas [sic] papers wich [sic] comes from his Lordship not to alter any thing you send them. His Lordship is a very good fellow but he takes a lot of understanding'. Nicely signed 'Alfred Shaw'. VG
Estimate: £300/400
Hammer price: £480
Alfred Shaw was employed by Lord Sheffield to coach young Sussex cricketers and in 1894 he turned out for Sussex at the age of 51 and ended the season at the top of the county averages

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