The Arthur Carr (Nottinghamshire & England 1910-1934) & William Sime (Nottinghamshire 1935-1950) Cricket Collection

This collection is being sold on behalf of the family of William Sime. Please also see further sporting lots formerly the property of Carr, lot numbers 987, 989, 997, 998 and 999.

William Arnold Sime CMG MBE was a South African-born English barrister and judge who also played first-class cricket. Educated at Bedford School and at Balliol College, Oxford, he was a right-hand batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. He played first class matches for the Minor Counties between 1929 and 1934, and Oxford University in 1931. He then joined Nottinghamshire in 1935 and stayed with them until 1950, captaining the club in his final three years. He was Recorder of Grantham and was appointed a Circuit Judge in 1972. He was very good friends with Arthur Carr and the cricketing items being sold in this auction were left to Sime on Carr's death.

Lot 482:
Lot 482
'Kent County Cricket XI., Dover, 1910'. Original official sepia photograph of the Kent County Team at Dover in 1910, the players seated and standing in rows wearing cricket attire. Players are Blythe, Woolley, Fielder, Seymour, Hooman, Carr, Mason, Hutchings, Huish, Knott and Humphreys. The photograph by Charles Harris of Dover measures 11"x8", laid to photographer's mount, overall 17.5"x14". Players' names and title to borders. Wear to the surface of the mount, the photograph in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £40
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Cricket magic lantern slides and lecture notes. A large collection of over three hundred glass magic lantern slides of cricket interest including those devoted to the development and history of the game, views of grounds worldwide, portraits of county and Test teams, individual players and groups, some coloured, the majority mono. Players and teams featured on the slides include W.G. Grace, Barnes, Ranji, Lockwood, Barlow, Stoddart, Townsend, Noble, Trumper, Hirst, Spofforth, Fry, William Gunn, Hornby, Jessop, Lohmann, Hawke, Briggs etc. Of the three hundred slides there are around forty slides, in the auctioneers opinion, which are 'first generation' images, probably taken from the original negative or print and these slides are much sharper images than the remaining slides which appear to be copy images which have been taken from rare and historical documents, paintings, photographs, photographs, drawings etc. The slides are accompanied by lecture notes to which the images on the slides were the illustrations. The typewritten notes comprising of eighty one pages, tied with ribbon at the corner, with handwritten annotation and prompts on some pages of the lecture notes. The first page is headed 'Cricket. Lecture 1' and begins with the story of the evolution of cricket from the very early days through to around the turn of the century, the notes include mention to the greats of that time including recollections and knowledge of Parr, Walker Brothers, Pilch, Emmett, the Graces, Nyren, Aylward, 'Lumpy Stevens', Harris, Small, 'Silver Billy' Beldham, Steel, Frederick Beauclerk, E.H. Budd, William Ward, Lambert, Felix, Mynn, William Clarke, Hayward, Carpenter etc, towards the end of the lecture notes he devotes many pages to his admiration for Edward Mills Grace. Although the author is unknown it appears the lecturer/author of the notes played cricket to a good standard with references 'I remember playing in a match at Barnsley where Ephraim Lockwood, then Yorkshire's best bat, was calmly given in, on an appeal for a catch at the wicket, though the hit could be plainly heard by every person on the field'.... and 'I was taking part in the match at Thornbury in June of '84 when O.G. Radcliffe scored 53 off three, five ball over, from E.M., the second over produced four sixes and a four...' within the notes. The slides and lecture notes are accompanied by two magic lanterns, one apparently in working order, and a lantern spare bulb. Occasional crack to odd glass plate and one broken otherwise in good condition, many labelled with name of player or team. A rare large collection of lantern slides with original lecture notes. The collection also includes additional items bought by Smith including a small selection of glass negatives featuring county and Test cricketers from various periods and a small collection of negatives of Colin Cowdrey batting in the nets
Estimate: £500/800
Hammer price: £2600
This collection was bought by Mike Smith from Phillips sale of September 1980 and all his life he was convinced that they were the collection of Alfred James Gaston, the Sussex cricket follower, collector and writer [and possibly dealer...]. Towards the end of his life in the period 1910 to mid 1920's he 'visited the towns and villages of the county to preach the gospel of cricket', also appearing in Kent, Lord's and the Oval, showing his lantern slides and lecturing from prepared notes and his notes appear to be of a similar format to these being sold in this lot. However there is no firm evidence of theses notes being Gaston's and although the notes do cover a great variety of cricketing subjects, there is not the leaning towards Sussex cricket which apparently Gaston's notes contained.

The first generation, sharper, images include eight of W.G. Grace, Ranji, Lockwood, R.G. Barlow, Stoddart, C.L. Townsend, Noble, J.H. Day, Rhodes, Fry, Briggs, W. Gunn, Lohmann, Ranji & Fry, Fry & Townsend etc and teams including England 1895, England 1893, England at the Oval 1893, Veterans at Lord's 1889, Gentlemen of England at Lord's 1888, Kent 1884, Nottinghamshire 1884, Gentlemen of M.C.C. 1887 etc.
Lot 483a:
Lot 483a
Cricket magic lantern slides. Collection of thirty five glass lantern slides, the slides feature scenes of early cricket including cricketers Mynn, Clarke, Nyren, Ward, Thomas Lord, Bat & Ball Inn etc. Plus some more modern cricketers, Bosanquet, Fry, Ranji, W.G. Grace etc. The slides stored in an original fitted wooden box with metal clasps and leather strap. Four slides cracked, one with loss to corner. G
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £40
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Australia tour to England 1930. Bradman's first tour to England. Good selection of twelve original sepia and mono press photographs of match action from the 1930 Ashes Test series. Australian players featured include Bradman making high scores including making 334 at Headingley and raising his bat having reached 200 in the fifth Test at The Oval, also Kippax, Oldfield etc. England players include Hobbs, Sucliffe, Wyatt, Tate, Duleepsingh, Peebles etc. Various sizes, 10"x8" and smaller. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £340
Australia won the five match Test series 2-1 with two matches drawn. Bradman, on his first tour of England, amassed 2960 runs at an average of 98.66. In the five Tests he scored 974 at an average of 139.14, his highest score being 331 in the third Test at Headingley
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M.C.C. tour of Australia 1932/33. 'The Bodyline tour'. Collection of four original sepia press photographs from this infamous tour. The photographs include the moment when Sutcliffe played a ball off O'Reilly onto the stumps without dislodging the bails, McCabe throwing his hands in reaction. The photograph laid to board, 8"x6". Also Stan McCabe batting in the nets prior to the third Test at Adelaide, McCabe walking out to bat in Australia's first innings when he scored 187no in the first Test at Sydney, and Eddie Paynter in batting action for M.C.C. 10"x8" and smaller. G/VG
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £150
M.C.C. won the infamous five match series 4-1
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Australia tour to England 1934. A good selection of seven original mono and sepia press photographs. Photographs include the two captains, Walters Worcestershire and Woodfull tossing for innings for the opening match of the tour at Worcester and Woodfull batting in the same match. The Australians won by an innings and 297 runs. Other photographs include Walters being caught at short leg by Bromley at Lord's, Walters and Sutcliffe, also Hendren and Nawab of Pataudi walking out to bat at Trent Bridge, Ames batting at Old Trafford etc. 10"x8" and smaller. Odd nicks to the corners of one photograph, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £420
Australia won the five match Ashes Test series 2-1 with two matches drawn. Cyril Walters, who captained Worcestershire 1931-1935, was appointed England Captain for the first Test, covering for R.E.S. Wyatt who had suffered a broken thumb
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England v Australia 1936/37 and 1938. A selection of nine original mono and sepia press photographs including Hammond and Bradman tossing for innings for the fourth Test at Headingley 1938, and Edrich being caught by McCabe off Fleetwood-Smith, M.C.C. v Australians, Lord's May 1938. Also close-up photographs of Bert Oldfield's hand showing his broken middle finger, also the batting grips of Charlie Kellway and Jack Gregory. Others include a mono press photograph of George Tribe batting for Australia v M.C.C. in 1946/47, Bradman signing an autograph for a young girl etc. 9.75"x7.75" and smaller. Pin holes to corners of some photographs, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £66
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Australia tour of England 1948. A good selection of ten original mono and sepia press photographs. 'Three cheers for Don Bradman'. Post-match celebrations with the player and officials standing on the balconies of the pavilion at The Oval with the crowd in the foreground, all with arms raised as Norman Yardley calls for three cheers for Bradman after Australia had beaten England by an innings and 149 runs to clinch the Ashes series 4-0 in Bradman's last Test match. Other players featured include Hassett, Ring, Leveson-Gower, Barnes, Johnston, Morris, Miller etc. Other photographs include Bradman batting at Lord's, M.C.C. v Australians, Bradman and Norman Yardley walking out to toss for innings, Bradman batting at Worcester in the first match of the 1948 tour, a candid photograph of Lindsay Hassett and Keith Miller, Neil Harvey walking on to the field etc. The majority are good images. Various sizes, 8"x6" and smaller. Odd faults, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £460
Australia won the five match Test series 4-0 with one match drawn. In Bradman's last Test innings he required four runs to bring his career Test average to 100, but was famously bowled second ball for 0 by Eric Hollies
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Australia 1950s/1970s. Seven original mono mainly press photographs of Australia cricketers in match action and portraits, each signed by the featured player(s). Signatures are Richie Benaud, Ian Chappell, Wally Grout, Len Maddocks, Ian Redpath, Bill Lawry, Rick McCosker and Len Pascoe. Various sizes, 10"x8" and smaller. G/VG
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £50
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Australia 1950s/1960s. Ten original mono and sepia press photographs of Australia cricketers in match action, portraits etc, each signed by the featured player(s). Signatures include Graham Hole, Graham McKenzie, Bill Lawry, Max Walker, Richie Benaud, Brian Statham (England), Len Maddocks, Norm O'Neill, Bob Simpson, Bill Brown etc. Various sizes, 9.5"x7.5" and smaller. Some faults, generally good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £60
Lot 491:
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Australia tour to England 1938. Original official photograph of the Australian touring party seated and standing in rows wearing tour blazers. Fully signed to the mount borders by all seventeen players and the manager, Jeanes. Players signatures include Bradman (captain), McCabe, O'Reilly, Fleetwood-Smith, Brown, Chipperfield, Barnett, Hassett, Fingleton, McCormick etc. Printed title and players' names to mount borders. The photograph measures 10.5"x8", laid to photographer's mount, overall 17"x14.5". Photographer unknown. The mount in very fragile condition with old tape repairs to verso and creasing affecting the photograph which is otherwise in good condition. Some signatures affected by the damage to the mount, and restoration required
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £65
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Scarborough Festival 1953 and 1954. A collection of original mono photographs featuring players, teams and matches at the festival. Team photographs, in lines taken in front of the pavilion, are the M.C.C. team 1953, Yorkshire and M.C.C. 1954, Gentlemen and Players (2) 1954, together with two of the scorecards from these matches. All of the photographs are by Walkers Studios Ltd of Scarborough. Sold with a collection of fifty nine candid mono photographs taken at the Festival, of individual players and groups including Graveney, Evans, Hutton, Trueman, Sutcliffe, Wardle, Bedser, Edrich, Yardley etc. Eight are signed. Two other scorecards. The photographs are mounted to black album pages and have captions typed to most photographs. Various sizes. Previously sold by Knights as lot 538 in April 2000. Generally in very good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £140
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Scarborough Festival 1955. A collection of original mono photographs featuring players, teams and matches at the festival. Team photographs, in lines taken in front of the pavilion, are the South African touring team 1955 and T.N. Pearce's XI, together with two of the scorecards from the 1955 Festival. All of the photographs are by Walkers Studios Ltd of Scarborough. Sold with a collection of sixty three candid mono photographs taken at the Festival, of individual players and groups, many of them the South African tourists including McGlew, McLean, Heine, Compton, Surridge, Endean, Cheetham, Tayfield, Trueman, Tyson etc. The photographs are mounted to black album pages and have captions typed to most photographs. Various sizes. Previously sold by Knights as lot 539 in April 2000. Generally in very good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £160
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Scarborough Festival 1956. A collection of original mono photographs featuring players, teams and matches at the festival. Team photographs, in lines taken in front of the pavilion, are the Yorkshire (2) and M.C.C. teams, Gentlemen and Players from that year, one signed by Close. Together with two scorecards. All of the photographs are by Walkers Studios Ltd of Scarborough. Sold with a collection of forty one candid mono photographs taken at the Festival of individual players and groups, including Close, Evans, Edrich, Bird, Rhodes, Trueman, Dexter, etc. Two signed by Trueman and Singh. The photographs are mounted to black album pages and have captions typed to most photographs. Various sizes. Previously sold by Knights as lot 542 in April 2000. Generally in very good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £140
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Scarborough Festival 1957 and 1958. A collection of original mono photographs featuring players, teams and matches at the festival. Team photographs, in lines taken in front of the pavilion, are the Champion County Surrey, Rest of England and T.N. Pearces XI teams from that year. Together with two scorecards. All of the photographs are by Walkers Studios Ltd of Scarborough. Sold with fifty two candid mono photographs taken at the Festival of individual players and groups, including Petrie, Graveney, Evans, Loader, Constable, Lock, May, Compton, Tyson etc. The photographs are mounted to black album pages and have captions typed to most photographs. Various sizes. Previously sold by Knights as lot 543 in April 2000. Generally in very good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £120
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Scarborough Festival 1957. A collection of original mono photographs featuring players, teams and matches at the festival. Team photographs, in lines taken in front of the pavilion, are M.C.C., Yorkshire, Gentlemen and Players from that year. Together with two scorecards. All of the photographs are by Walkers Studios Ltd of Scarborough. Sold with twenty four candid mono photographs taken at the Festival of individual players and groups, including Sutcliffe, Illingworth, Evans, Trueman, Insole, Richardson etc. The photographs are mounted to black album pages and have captions typed to most photographs. Various sizes. Previously sold by Knights as lot 550 in April 2000. Generally in very good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £100
Lot 497:
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Scarborough Festival 1958, 1959 and 1960. A collection of original mono photographs featuring players, teams and matches at the festival. Team photographs, in lines taken in front of the pavilion, are Gentlemen and Players 1958, 1959 and 1960 (6 photo's) from that year. Together with four scorecards. All of the photographs are by Walkers Studios Ltd of Scarborough. Sold with sixty two mono candid photographs taken at the Festival of individual players and groups, including Evans, Burnet, Barrington, Bailey, Smith etc. Two are signed. The photographs are mounted to black album pages and some have typed captions. Various sizes. Previously sold by Knights as lot 551 in April 2000. Generally in very good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £75

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