The 'Tich' Freeman (Kent & England) Collection

Lot 280:
Lot 280
Alfred Percy Freeman. Kent & England 1914-1936. 'The 1927-28 M.C.C. in South Africa. A souvenir with photographs'. Rare fifty two page pre tour brochure with itinerary, hotels, averages, full page pen pictures and biographies, team photographs etc. Printed by Walker & Snashall Ltd. Some rusting to staples, centre pages neatly detached from staples otherwise in good condition. This was Freeman's copy and his name is handwritten to the top border of the front cover in red ink. A scarce tour brochure
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £600
Ronald Stanyforth captained M.C.C. on the tour to South Africa in 1927/28 and led England in four Tests, an unusual appointment since, at that time, he had never played in a first class cricket match, most of his matches being military ones. The Test series was drawn 2-2, with England winning the first two and South Africa the last two, with a drawn Test in the middle.Freeman took fourteen wickets in the Test series including 4-58 in the second Test
Lot 281:
Lot 281
Alfred Percy Freeman. Kent & England 1914-1936. M.C.C. Tour of Australia 1928/29. Official 'Orient Line, R.M.S. Ormonde' souvenir brochure for the M.C.C. Australian Tour 1928/29'. Decorative covers with M.C.C. colours. To inside pages, real mono photograph of the M.C.C. team laid down to the itinerary page, pen pictures and biographies of the M.C.C. team etc. The brochure contains the full set of tour results and was probably published in limited numbers just prior to departure, the final page states, 'Freemantle, March 25th - M.C.C. having retained "The Ashes" embarked in R.M.S. "Ormonde" for England'. Some foxing and wear to covers, otherwise in good condition. A rare brochure for the return trip and unusual to see, the S.S.Otranto brochure, for the outward trip being much more widely seen. This was Freeman's copy
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £220
The touring party travelled out from Toulon on the S.S. Otranto and returned from Freemantle on the Ormonde on 20th April 1929 having won the Ashes series 4-1
Lot 282:
Lot 282
'Souvenir of the First World's Broadcast by the English Cricket Team. From the Studios of the New South Wales Broadcasting Company Limited, 96-98 Market Street, Sydney'. Official four page card souvenir produced to commemorate the event held on the 11th November 1928. The broadcast was made between 5.15 to 6.15am, Sydney time to 7.15-8.15pm, London Time. The souvenir has titles to front cover with ribbon tie in M.C.C. colours, pen pictures of the players to inside and Breakfast menu to back cover. This was Tich Freeman's copy. A rare souvenir. VG
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £220
Lot 283:
Lot 283
Alfred Percy Freeman. Kent & England 1914-1936. Tich Freeman 'Record bowling figures 1930'. Five telegrams, all dated 14th and 15th August 1930, all congratulating Freeman on taking record personal bowling figures of 10-53 in Essex's first innings in the match between Essex and Kent at Southend on the 13th-15th August 1930. Various messages, 'Congratulations. Why don't you show em at Oval', 'Congratulations from a humble admirer of you and Kent', 'Congratulations , you cannot do it against my side- Joe', 'Heartiest congratulations. Best wishes for continued success- Arch' etc. Good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £220
In the match Freeman bowled Essex out for 145 with figures of 10-53 and in their second innings took 6-41 bowling Essex out for 122. Kent won by 277 runs
Lot 284:
Lot 284
Alfred Percy Freeman. Kent & England 1914-1936. Original gold metal masonic medal and programmes formerly belonging to Tich Freeman. White ribbon with bar and below the medal with masonic emblem. In original lined box. Sold with two 'Masonic Social Gathering' programmes for events held on the 'S.S. Otranto' on the 13th and 14th October 1928, one on a single card and the other four pages with ribbon tie. Good/very good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £110
The 'S.S. Otranto' was the ship which carried the M.C.C. touring team on their tour of Australia 1928/29, including Freeman
Lot 285:
Lot 285
Alfred Percy Freeman. Kent & England 1914-1936. Selection of ephemera formerly the property of Freeman including a small card 'Programme of Arrangements for Mr A.C. MacLaren's English Team, November 2,3, and 4 1922' [on tour in Perth], small folding card for 'Wellington Cricket Association. Complimentary Harbour Trip to visiting English Cricketers. December 31st 1922', small folding card for 'Programme of Engagements arranged for the visit of the English Cricket Team to Western Australia 1924', larger folding card programme for 'S.S. Otranto Social Evening to English Cricket team from Australian passengers 14th October 1928', original 'Orient Line' return ticket to England from the Port of Freemantle 25th March 1929 in the name of A.P. Freeman, original 'Orient Line' luggage label for the return trip 'M.C.C.' to one side and Freeman's name and address to the other, Freeman's Life Member card for Kent C.C.C. 1963, a long telex announcing that Freeman had been released by Kent in 1936, the telex in the original envelope in which it was posted and Freeman has written to the back of the envelope 'What I would like to know who was responsible for letting everybody know in England before I did' etc. Sold with a good collection of press cuttings regarding Freeman. Good condition. Previously sold as part of lot 308 in Phillips auction of October 1996
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £280
Lot 286:
Lot 286
Alfred Percy Freeman. Kent & England 1914-1936. Two original drawings of Freeman, one in ink of Freeman, head and shoulders, wearing cricket shirt, blazer and Kent cap, a very good likeness. 'Freeman (6)' to border and the other a pencil drawing of 'Tich', side on, signed Kerwal Mdegratti (?). The first drawing measure 7"x10" and the other 5"x8". Folds otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £260
Lot 287:
Lot 287
Alfred Percy Freeman. Kent & England 1914-1936. Original two page typewritten manuscript written by Charles Stowell Marriott, Kent & England 1924-1937, following Freeman's death in January 1965. Marriott talks of bowling in tandem with Freeman calling it 'combined operations', talks of his bowling, the amount of spin he put on the ball, his action, the flight he gave the ball and that he did not like bowling into the wind [Freeman usually got the choice of ends] 'During the summer term at Dulwich [Marriott was a master at Dulwich College] I was rarely able to turn out for Kent in more than one match.... but when I joined them at the end of July, usually for the gruelling dogfight at the Oval, Tich would give me a welcoming grin and we would get down to business. The great advantage of having both of us in the side was that we were so utterly different in style, pace and height that it was well worth keeping us on together for long spells, often right through the innings.... As we bowled over after over from opposite ends, he and I were continually playing into one another's hands. On some days we shared the wickets, on others, one of us, Tich, more often than not would be hauling in the big catch, while the other supplied covering fire by keeping the batsman pegged down, anxious, inpatient and so on... Nicely signed 'C.S. Marriott, January 1965'. Good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £260

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