Autographed Cricket Ephemera

Lot 28:
Lot 28
'The Daily Graphic. Cricket Number 1912'. Original complete edition of the Cricket Number for 1912. Twenty pages with excellent pictures of the Test teams and players who competed in the Triangular Tournament, England, Australia and South Africa. Plus pictures of all the County teams and other players. Some nicks and tears to edges, wear to spine and folds, otherwise in good condition. Sold with a complete copy of 'The Times M.C.C. Number' 25th May 1937, and a reproduction copy of the 'Daily Sketch', 19th August 1926. Cricket Society stamp to all three issues. Qty 3. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £45
Lot 29:
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'Sporting Sketches'. Copy of the magazine for 20th May 1896, Vol. V, number 113. Includes two full page reports with pictures, one of the Australians playing against Essex at Leyton, the other of the two new members of the Australian team, Clem Hill and J.J. Kelly. Good condition. Sold with a copy of the Daily Graphic dated 9th May 1896 featuring an illustrated article on pages 10-14 of W.G. Grace, also shorter articles on Robert Abel and Lord Hawke on page 20. Both issues appear to be disbound, otherwise in good condition. Qty 2
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £45
The Australians beat Essex by seven wickets. Grace completed his 100th first class century in May 1896
Lot 30:
Lot 30
'The Spider and the Fly in Cricket Language' by Gowen Hopen. An entertaining typed poem comprising thirty two lines of rhyming couplets. Written as a pastiche of the poem by Mary Howitt originally published in 1828, in this version the Australian spinner, Charlie Grimmett, is styled as the spider, with Jack Hearne as the fly. The first two lines read, '"Won't you walk out to my bowling," said Grimmett to Jack Hearne;/ "'Tis the nicest, slowest bowling, the sort you always spurn." Hearne rejects the temptation stating 'But I have promised Gilligan that I would try and stay', but Hearne ultimately falls to Grimmett's 'corkscrew cunning'. Originally from Grimmett's personal collection. Horizontal folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: unsold
The poem appears to refer to the fifth and final Test in the 1924/25 Ashes series played at Sydney, in which Grimmett made his Test debut, dismissing Hearne LBW twice for 16 and 24, and taking eleven wickets in the match. Australia won the Test by 307 runs, and the series 4-1. Arthur Gilligan captained the M.C.C. team. No information about the author, Gowen Hopen, can be found
Lot 31:
Lot 31
Lancashire Club Cricket. 1873-1887. Three early items relating to Lancashire clubs. 'Rules, List of Members and Matches 1875' booklet for Egerton C.C. with black leather covers and gilt title. A printed circular for 'The Broughton Club' dated 19th April 1873 announcing the forthcoming season including the Annual Match with the United South of England Eleven, for whom W.G. and E.M. Grace 'have again promised to play'. A three page fixture card with leather cover and gilt title for 1887. VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £40
Lot 32:
Lot 32 Lot 32
Early fixture cards. Four original fixtures cards for the Bank of England C.C. 1879 with match results annotated in pencil, Addicsombe C.C. 1883, Aycliffe C.C. 1891, and Calverley St. Wilfred's C.C. 1893 tipped in to modern blue cloth case. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £40
Lot 33:
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'Cricket Past and Present'. Cricket in England 1860s-1950s. A nicely compiled small red photograph album comprising real photograph postcards, candid photographs, handwritten commentaries, bookplate cuttings, excerpts from scorecards, player biographies, facsimile autographs etc. relating to Test and early County cricket. Content includes handwritten narratives on W.G. Grace and Ranjitsinhji. Other players featured include Spofforth, Fry, MacLaren, Bradman, Hobbs, etc with postcards of Tyldesley, Braund, Jessop, Palairet etc. Team postcards include England 1902, Australia 1905 and 1930, South Africa 1947 etc. Candid photographs include spectators on the outfield at Lord's 1937, the Johnnie Walker scoreboard at Margate showing the score in the Trent Bridge Test match v Australia, 1934 etc. G
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £150
Lot 34:
Lot 34
Yorkshire C.C.C. 1959. Original newspaper poster for the Yorkshire Post announcing 'Yorkshire's Exciting Victory' for the match Yorkshire v Kent, 8th- 11th August 1959. 29"x21". Horizontal and vertical folds, slight wear to fold, age toning, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £25
Yorkshire beat Kent by two wickets. Kent were dismissed for 109 in their second innings with Brian Close taking eight wickets for forty one runs
Lot 35:
Lot 35
Warwickshire C.C.C. 1902-2018. Blue folder comprising a collection of press cuttings, copy and some original scorecards, match tickets etc, mainly Second World War onwards with good coverage of wartime Birmingham Cricket Festival matches. Contents include an original souvenir programme for Warwickshire v Australians, Birmingham 4th- 6th August 1948, official scorecard for Warwickshire v New Zealand, 3rd- 5th August 1949, and v Leicestershire, 1st- 4th July 1950, v Gloucestershire 22nd- 25th July 1950, v Nottinghamshire 16th- 18th August 1950, v Australia 8th- 10th August 1956, printed and handwritten scores. Original match ticket for England v Australia, Edgbaston, 12th July 1968 (second day). Complete official printed scorecard for Lancashire v Warwickshire, Gillette Cup Final, Lord's 1972 etc. good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £30
Lot 36:
Lot 36
Percy Holmes and Herbert Sutcliffe. Yorkshire. 'Record Makers'. Original large mono advertising card of Holmes and Sutcliffe standing full length wearing 'Style 555 Wetherdair "Olympix" Weather Coats' standing in front of a scoreboard showing their record opening partnership of 555 for Yorkshire in 1932. Signed in ink to the image by both Holmes and Sutcliffe. 16"x20". Framed and glazed overall 17.5"x21.5". Some creasing and ageing, wear and small loss to edges, otherwise a good image. Sold with a collection of limited edition postcards featuring a reproduction of the advertising card, produced in 2008 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the record partnership. Two postcards signed to verso by family descendants. A rare 1930's advertising poster
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: unsold
Wetherdair Limited of Bradford and London, were manufacturers of medium to high class chemically waterproofed rainwear for men, women and children, popular in the 1930s-1950s, including the 'Style 555 Wetherdair "Olympix" Weather Coats'
Lot 37:
Lot 37
'M.C.C. Bicentenary Match. Lords Cricket Ground. August 20-25th 1987'. Original large M.C.C. flag, one of several, that flew at Lord's during the Bicentenary match held at Lord's on August 20-25th 1987. The navy blue flag, by Piggotts of Essex, with M.C.C. emblem in red and gold to centre with 'Bicentenary 1787-1987' printed in black on white surround. The flag measures approx 8'x4'. G/VG
Estimate: £60/80
Hammer price: £170
Lot 38:
A.V. Pope. Derbyshire C.C.C. Box of cricket ephemera formerly the property of the Pope family. Contents include a 'Pioneers Cricket Club' tour guide to Hawaii, Australia & Fiji 1982/83, with four signatures to the front cover including Alan Davidson, Rodney Marsh, Dennis Lillee etc. Sold with a large carved cudgell presented to the club on the Fiji leg of the tour. Also booklets relating to Saltaire, Spondon, Perth Cricket Clubs etc, Trent Bridge lace table mat, official 1977 Australia Tour plate etc. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £45
Lot 39:
Lot 39
Box comprising a selection of cricket biographies, album pages, official match programmes, scorecards, match tickets etc with good Somerset interest. Books include R.C. Robertson-Glasgow, London 1948, signed to the title page by the author, 'The Umpire's Decision', Frank S. Lee, London 1955, signed to the front end paper by Lee, '46 Not Out', 'Cricket', M.D. Lyon, London 1932, signature on piece of Lyon laid down to photograph bookplate, 'The M.C.C. Tour of West Indies 1968', Brian Close, London 1968, signature of Close on photograph cutting laid down to facing title page etc. Somerset autographs include a page nicely signed in ink by ten members of the 1930 Somerset team. Signatures include White (Captain), Case, Marshall, Robertson-Glasgow, Mermagen (eight matches), Lee, Wellard etc. Somerset programmes, scorecards and tickets for the period 1980s-2010s covering home matches for County Championship, T20, one day matches etc. G
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £35
Lot 40:
Lot 40
Cricket scrapbook 1920s-1970s. A scrapbook comprising press cuttings and pictures mainly relating county and Test cricket with good Lancashire content, and Test matches played at Old Trafford etc, also film and stage personalities of the period. Also contains good Bodyline content and a nice selection of cuttings of Tom Webster cartoons. Some faults, generally good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £20
Lot 41:
Lot 41
Yorkshire C.C.C. early 1890s-1900s. Box comprising a mixed selection of printed images of Yorkshire teams and players. Images include teams from 1892, 1893, 1894, 1902, 1903 etc. Images of players include a good selection of pages from 'Famous Cricketers and Cricket Grounds', some framed. Players featured include Tunnicliffe, Wilson, Peel, Peate, Waingwright, Sellers, Wardall etc. Good/ very good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £10
Lot 42:
Lot 42 Lot 42
Leonard Hutton, Yorkshire & England 1934-1955. Brown leather briefcase used by Hutton during his career. The case with name and address to inside flap handwritten by Hutton. The bag, although well used and showing signs of age, in good condition. Sold with an original press photograph of Hutton with a Western Australia representative, followed by Manager G. Howard leaving the docks at Freemantle having arrived with the M.C.C. touring team in October 1954. Hutton is carrying the case in his left hand on the photograph. Originally from the Len Hutton collection, both items previously sold as lot 273 by Knights in October 2013. 7"x9"
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £80
Lot 43:
Cricket games, jigsaw puzzles, advertising tins and bottles featuring cricket, cricket tea towels, novelties etc. A large and varied selection, mainly modern, in good condition. Packed in six large boxes
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £70
Lot 43a:
Lot 43a
'The Cricketers' Song'. Words and Music by Percy S. Robinson. Dedicated to Jack Hobbs. Published by Sylvester Music Co. 1934. Original four page music score, the front cover features a mono image of Hobbs in batting pose with printed signature. Light horizontal fold otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 43b:
Lot 43b
Herbert Sutcliffe. Yorkshire & England 1919-1945. Original certificate issued to Sutcliffe granting him membership as 'Worshipful Brother of the Armament Lodge No. 3898'. The certificate issued by The Right Honourable The Earl of Scarborough, Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Masons of England, and dated 30th October 1953. 12"x16", frame and glazed, overall 16"x19.5". Very good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £5
Lot 44:
Lot 44
'Bodyline'. Official M.C.C. Christmas card from the M.C.C. 'Bodyline' tour of Australia 1932/33. Excellent decorative cover with the M.C.C. colours, M.C.C. emblem of St. George & Dragon, caricatures, by Arthur Mailey, of the M.C.C. team stood on a outline map of Australia and printed detail 'Christmas Greetings 1932 from The M.C.C. in Australia'. Paper insert to inside with 'With Sincere Wishes for a bright and Merry Christmas and a Happy and Properous New Year'. Signed in ink from Herbert Sutcliffe. Sold with a newspaper cutting with article regarding the sending of the cards by members of the M.C.C. team. Rare. Very minor adhesive marks to verso otherwise in very good condition. Sold with a 'Bodyline' tour real photograph postcard of the R.M.S. Orontes with cameo images of the players and facsimile signatures. Title to lower border 'M.C.C. 1932-33. Australian tour'. Some adhesive marks to verso. Qty 2
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: £240
Lot 45:
Lot 45
M.C.C. tour of Australia 'Bodyline' 1932/33. Fourth Test. Brisbane. Two pairs of joined album pages, one signed by all seventeen members of the M.C.C. touring party and the other by the twelve members of the Australian team who played England in the 4th Test played at Brisbane 10th-16th February 1933. The signatures nicely signed in black ink include Jardine (Cpt), Sutcliffe, Larwood, Bowes, Paynter, Nawab of Pataudi, Allen, Verity, Hammond, Voce, Tate, Woodfull (Cpt), Bradman, Richardson, Ironmonger, Ponsford, O'Reilly, Love, McCabe, Bromley etc. Each with heading in ink 'Australia v England 1932-33'. One signature, on the Australian pages, unidentified. Excellent signatures from this pivotal Test of the series
Estimate: £500/800
Hammer price: £1400
England won the Test by six wickets to win the 'Ashes' for England in this infamous Test series. Australia batted first and made 340 all out. Richardson 83, Bradman 76, Larwood 4-10. England then made 356, Sutcliffe 86 and Paynter 83, O'Reilly taking 4-120. Australia collapsed in the second innings and were 175 all out with Larwood taking 3-49. England won the match scoring 162-4 with Leyland making 86. Eddie Paynter is best remembered for his innings in this Test, he was taken to hospital suffering from tonsillitis and a temperature of 102, with England well placed he was not needed to bat on the Saturday, by the Monday with his temperature still well above the average, he heard on his bedside radio of England wickets tumbling. He left the hospital in pyjamas assisted by Bill Voce and arrived at the ground just after tea. He batted almost immediately and batted for an hour and a quarter, making 24 not out. After another night in hospital, he took his score onto 83 and helped England to a small first innings lead, and although he only fielded for a couple of hours. Australia were soon all out and with a victory target of 160 runs to win, Paynter had the honour off hitting the winning runs in the second innings, a six off Stan McCabe, to win the match and the Ashes.
Lot 46:
Lot 46
'Cricket Club of India' Christmas card, with image of the ground and ribbon tie in Indian colours, sent by H.N. Contractor, Hon Secretary C.C.I. to Colonel R.S. Rait Kerr, Secretary of M.C.C. and dated December 1951. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £20
Lot 47:
Don Bradman. A Christmas card sent to the original vendor by Bradman from Australia c1949/50. The card features a horse's head to front 'A Christmas wish and may be a horse's neck for being late but...No Butcher's got me Yet!. I can still wish ya' a Merry Christmas!'. Nicely signed in ink by Bradman. G
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 48:
Lot 48
Samuel John Everett Loxton. Victoria & Australia, 1946-1958. Official 'Silver Jubilee Overseas Cricket Team' Christmas card from the Commonwealth tour of India 1953/54. With titles and colours to cover. To inside a picture of the team. Sent by and signed 'Sam'. Odd minor faults, generally good. Rare
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £45
Lot 49:
Lot 49
Jack Hobbs telegrams and Christmas cards. Three original Post Office telegrams sent by Hobbs early 1950s. Two original personalised Christmas cards, one signed 'Jack & Ada'. Also an order of service for Hobb's memorial service, held at Southwark Cathedral, 20th February 1964. Some faults, generally in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £45
Lot 50:
Lot 50
Somerset. Small selection of ink and pencil signatures of Somerset players. Signatures are for Braund (1899-1920), Roberston-Glasgow (1920-1935, pencil), C.K. Linney (1931-1937, pencil), L.P. Marshall (1913-1931) and Hylton-Stuart (1912-1914). Odd rarer signature included. Sold with a Wrench postcard of L.C.H. Palairet and a press photocutting featuring Palairet with W.G Grace
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £30
Lot 51:
Lot 51
Somerset. Selection of autographs, some album pages, but the majority laid down to white cards. Signatures include Hilton, Brocklehurst, Saeed, Mitchell-Innes, Gimblett, Wellard, Andrews, Hazell, Angell, Buse, Luckes, Daniell etc. Also a small signed Christmas card and separate signature of Jim Briggs. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £10
Lot 52:
Lot 52
Somerset 1960. Mono real postcard of Ken Grieves of Lancashire. The card signed in ink to verso by eleven members of the Somerset team, signatures include Tremlett, Wight, Colin McCool, Langford, Virgin, Biddulph etc. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £15
Lot 53:
No lot
Withdrawn
Hammer price: withdrawn
Lot 54:
Lot 54
Ernest Smith. Oxford University & Yorkshire 1888-1891. Good signature in ink of Smith on piece laid down to the page featuring Smith taken from 'Famous Cricketers and Cricket Grounds', C.W. Alcock. London 1895. Framed and glazed, overall 10.5"x15.25". Very good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £15
Lot 55:
Lot 55
David Hunter. Yorkshire 1888-1909. Good signature in ink of Hunter on piece laid down to the page featuring Hunter taken from 'Famous Cricketers and Cricket Grounds', C.W. Alcock. London 1895. Framed and glazed, overall 10.5"x15.25". Good/ very good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £10
Lot 56:
Lot 56
Robert Peel. Yorkshire & England 1882-1897. Signature in ink of Peel on piece laid down to a bookplate photograph by Hudson & Kearns, London, of Peel standing full length in bowling pose at the wicket. Peel's cap and belt, the ball and stumps have been highlighted in different colours. Framed and glazed overall 8.5"x13.75". Some age toning to the signature piece, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £110
Lot 57:
Lot 57
Edward Wainwright. Yorkshire & England 1888-1902. Good ink signature of Wainwright on piece laid down to the lower border of a bookplate photograph by Hudson & Kearns, London, of Wainwright standing full length in batting pose at the wicket. Wainwright's cap and belt, his hair, moustache and batting glove have been highlighted in different colours. Framed and glazed overall 9"x12.5". Very good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £65
Lot 58:
Lot 58
John Thomas Brown. Yorkshire & England 1889-1904. Signature in pencil of Brown on piece laid down to a bookplate photograph by Hudson & Kearns, London, of Brown standing three quarter length, holding a cricket ball. Brown's hair and the ball have been highlighted in different colours. Framed and glazed overall 8.5"x14". Very good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £50
Lot 59:
Lot 59
Frank Stanley Jackson. Cambridge University, Yorkshire & England 1890-1907. Good signature in ink of Jackson on piece laid down to the lower border of a bookplate photograph from 'Famous Cricketers and Cricket Grounds' by Hudson & Kearns, London, of Jackson seated three quarter length, hands resting on a cricket bat. Framed and glazed overall 10.5"x15". Very good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £55
Lot 60:
Lot 60
Lord Hawke. Cambridge University, Yorkshire & England 1882-1911. Signature in ink of Hawke on piece laid down to a bookplate photograph from 'Famous Cricketers and Cricket Grounds' by Hudson & Kearns, London, of Hawke three quarter length, holding a cricket bat. Framed and glazed overall 10.5"x15". Very good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £35
Lot 61:
Lot 61
Schofield Haigh, Yorkshire & England 1895-1913, and David Denton, Yorkshire & England 1894-1920. Good signature in ink of Haigh on piece laid down to a bookplate photograph by Hudson & Kearns, London, of Haigh standing full length, at the wicket holding a cricket ball. Haigh's cap, his hair, belt, the ball and stumps have been highlighted in different colours. Framed and glazed overall 9"x12". Also a good signature in ink of Denton on piece laid down to a bookplate photograph from 'Famous Cricketers and Cricket Grounds' by Hudson & Kearns, London, of Denton three quarter length in front of a pavilion, holding a cricket bat. Framed and glazed overall 10.5"x15". Very good condition. Qty 2
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £20
Lot 62:
Lot 62
Yorkshire C.C.C. 1930. Official menu for the dinner given to the Yorkshire County Eleven at The Savage Club, London, 14th June 1930. The printed menu with dishes named after the players, 'Creme Robinson', 'Holmes Sauce', 'Rhodes Surrey Fowl', 'Barber's Bacon', 'Peach Leyland' and 'Cafe Macaulay'. Surrounding the menu are printed caricatures of named Yorkshire players including Sutcliffe who is depicted at the wicket with a ball and chain (Sutcliffe was playing for England v Australia at Trent Bridge). The menu is signed in pencil, with two in ink, by attendees, including a number of signed caricatures and illustrations, some with messages or rhymes. Players' signatures are Leyland, Wood, Barber and Dennis. Wear staining and ageing, only fair condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £40
Yorkshire were playing Middlesex at Lord's, 14th- 17th June 1930
Lot 63:
Lot 63
Yorkshire v Australia 1921. Full page mono illustration plate of 'J.R. Mason Driving to Extra-cover'' from The Jubilee Book of Cricket by K.S. Ranjitsinhji 1897, signed by Mason, old tape mark affecting this signature, and nicely signed in black ink to verso by the twelve members of the Yorkshire team who played Australia at Bramall Lane, Sheffield, on the 11th-13th May 1921 at Bradford. Signatures are Burton (captain), Kilner, Rhodes, Dolphin, Sutcliffe, C.T. Tyson (rarer signature, five matches only for Yorkshire), Kilner, Waddington, Robinson, Macauley, Oldroyd and Holmes. Good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £140
The match was drawn
Lot 64:
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Yorkshire C.C.C. 1900s-1950s. Box comprising eight framed and glazed images of Yorkshire players, either signed to the image, or with signature on piece laid down to the photograph or mounted below. Signatures are W. Rhodes (two signatures), W. Worsley, G. Wilson, A.B. Sellers, F. Dennis, W. Barber, L. Hutton, H. Verity and G. Hirst. Good/ very good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £30
Lot 65:
Lot 65
Yorkshire C.C.C. and others 1930s onwards. Box comprising a selection of mainly modern photographs, and prints, some limited editions, of Yorkshire players, the majority signed. Signatures include W. Bowes, L. Hutton, C. Washbrook, B. Statham, F. Trueman, G. Boycott etc, also R.E.S. Wyatt and Cyril Walters (England captain 1934) signed in later years, and C. Washbrook and B. Statham (Lancashire). Includes two limited edition prints by Denise Dean dated 1995, one of Sutcliffe, the other Hutton, both numbered 17/100. Good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £40
Lot 66:
Lot 66
Yorkshire C.C.C. 1950s/1960s. Small box comprising nine photographs and pictures of mainly Yorkshire players, each signed by the featured player(s). Signatures are Hutton (four signatures), Trueman, Yardley, J.V. Wilson of Yorkshire, Statham and Washbrook of Lancashire, and Saggers of Australia. Includes two earlier signatures on pieces laid down of Bill Bowes and Wilf Barber. Good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £45
Lot 67:
Lot 67
Leonard 'Len' Hutton. Yorkshire & England 1934-1955. Four printed mono photographs of Hutton walking out to bat with different opening partners, Cyril Washbrook, Charlie Barnett, Frank Lowson and Arthur Mitchell. Each image is signed by the featured players, the signature of Mitchell on piece laid down. Mounted, framed and glazed, each approx. 5.5"x7". Good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £48
Lot 68:
Lot 68
Major William Booth, Yorkshire & England 1908-1914, and Alonzo Drake, Yorkshire 1909-1914. Two mono photographs of Booth and Drake, each with signature in pencil laid down to the image of the featured player. The two mounted together, framed and glazed, 10.5"x9.5". Good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £160
Lot 69:
Lot 69
William Arthur Irving Washington. Yorkshire, Griqualand West & Transvaal 1900-1907. Mono photograph of Washington, with signature in ink on piece laid down. Mounted with handwritten details in window below. Overall 6.5"x12.5". The signature tightly trimmed with some loss, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £100
Lot 70:
Lot 70
Alfred Henry Evans. Somerset (6 matches) & Hampshire (3 matches) 1882-1885. Rare two page handwritten letter headed in ink 'Clydesdale C.C.' and dated March 27th 1889. The letter written on the request of Clydesdale C.C. regarding the game of cricket. 'It is impossible to do the game of cricket justice in an autographed letter... however as an exponent of the game for the past 15 years I can assure you[r] Miss McDonald is quite welcome to the enclose- indeed I wish more ladies would lend their sympathy to the development of what is admittedly a splendid recreation as it is alas a finished game of skill'. Boldly signed Harry Evans. VG
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £90
Lot 71:
Lot 71
Archdale Palmer Wickham. Oxford University & Somerset 1876-1907. One page handwritten letter on East Wrent Vicarage, Highbridge, Somerset headed paper from Wickham to H.N.E. Alston, regarding meeting the following Wednesday 'We have some people for dinner and bridge that evening- I hate bridge and I am looking forward to something I like- in showing 'bugs' to people who are interested in them'. Nicely signed by Wickham. The letter dated 14th October 1933. Sold with original envelope
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £25
Lot 72:
Lot 72
Samuel Moses James Woods, Somerset, England & Australia 1886-1910. Handwritten two page letter in ink from Woods with good cricket content, on 'The Sports Club, St. James Square' headed paper and refers to a cricket match Woods has recently played in, possibly against Surrey 'It was a grand days cricket. Still tehy should have got more runs in the last 80 minutes..... Strudwick was not at his best. I have a spot at the pavilion end... Taylor got out to a ball that kicked from it. He is out of luck at present. I am just off to Brighton for the day. It is just 38[?] years since I played in this match. Signed Sam Woods. Sold with a Wrench postcard of Woods
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £90
Lot 73:
Lot 73
Peter Randall Johnson. Cambridge University & Somerset 1900-1927. Handwritten postcard from Johnson to the Secretary of the M.C.C. regretting that he will not be able to attend a committee meeting at Lord's due to being absent from town. Nicely signed by Johnson. The card dated 28th July 1923. File holes to top border of card
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 74:
Lot 74
John Daniell. Somerset & Cambridge University 1898-1927. Short one page handwritten letter to Francis Lacey, Secretary of M.C.C. on 'The Club, Weston Super Mare' headed paper 'I much regret I shall be unable to get to Lord's next Thursday for Cricket & Selection Sub Committee Meeting'. Nicely signed by Daniell. The letter dated 15th October 1923. File holes to left hand border
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 75:
Lot 75
Arthur Edward Newton. Somerset 1891-1914. One page handwritten letter on Dipford House, Trull, Taunton headed paper from Newton to H.N.E. Alston (Somerset 1933) regarding his availability for a match on the 16th June 'I am glad to have yourself as I wanted another bowler badly. Match begins at 11.30 on the Taunton School Grounds'. The letter dated 5th June 1932 and nicely signed in ink by Newton. VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
Arthur Newton was a member of Vernon's 'rival' tour to Australia in 1887/88. 'Granny' Alston played just one first class match, for Somerset in 1933
Lot 76:
Lot 76
Arthur Edward Newton. Somerset 1891-1914. One page handwritten letter on Dipford House, Trull, Taunton headed paper from Newton to H.N.E. Alston (Somerset 1933) regarding his availability for M.C.C. v Taunton School match 'I shall be very disappointed if you can't play for M.C.C. v Taunton School as I want you to bowl as well as make runs'. The letter dated 2nd May 1933 and nicely signed in ink by Newton. VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £20
Lot 77:
Lot 77
William Nicholas Roe. Cambridge University & Somerset, 1882-1899. Short one page handwritten letter on 'M.C.C. Lord's Cricket Ground' headed paper dated 1934 regarding an autograph request. Nicely signed by Roe. Adhesive marks to verso otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £40
Lot 78:
Lot 78
Theodore Robinson. Somerset, 1884-1894. Short one page handwritten letter headed Cardiff 8th June 1891. 'I regret I shall be unable to play at Swansea v M.C.C. on 19th & 20th June'. Nicely signed by Robinson. VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £55
Lot 79:
Lot 79
John Hemsley Cameron. Somerset, Jamaica and West Indies 1932-1947. One page handwritten letter from Camerson sending a signed photograph to a collector. The letter dated November 1967 and nicely signed by Cameron. The signed press photograph sent is included in the lot and features Cameron, head and shoulders, wearing West Indies Test cap and is signed by Cameron. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £42
Cameron played two matches for the West Indies during their tour of England in 1939
Lot 80:
Lot 80
Somerset C.C.C. Good selection of four letters from Somerset cricketers, mainly for autograph requests and nominal content. All nicely signed by the player featured. Letters from A.E.S. Rippon 1914-1937 (letter dated May 1934), F.S. Lee 1929-1947 (letter dated August 1956), R.J.O. Meyer 1936-1949 (letter dated 1978) and A.T.M. Jones 1938-1948 (letter dated May 1992). VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £25
Lot 81:
Lot 81
Lord Martin Bladen Hawke, Yorkshire & England 1881-1911. Short one page handwritten letter/note to Mr Johnson, written on 'Wighill Park, Tadcaster' letterhead and dated the 29th April 1908. 'Many thanks for your letter and good wishes for the coming season'. Nicely signed 'Hawke'. Minor foxing otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £50
Wighill Park, home of Lord Hawke, had its own private cricket ground in the grounds
Lot 82:
Lot 82
R.L. Hodgson. Journalist and author. Single page handwritten letter dated 22nd June 1929 from Hodgson writing using his pseudonym 'A County Vicar'. In the letter to H.W. Warner headed 'As at "The Cricketer' Office', Hodgson thanks Warner for his letter which had been forwarded to him by 'Your namesake, the Editor [P.F. Warner]... in which you say such pleasant things about "Angela". I am so glad you like her!' He closes with the hope that he might get to Canterbury for the Kent v Nottinghamshire match in August. Nicely signed 'A Country Vicar'. Originally from H.W. Warner's collection. Foxing, and adhesive marks to verso
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £38
Lot 83:
Lot 83
Ronald 'Ronny' Aird. Hampshire & Cambridge University 1920-1938. Four page handwritten letter from Aird writing from his home in Sussex to J.D. Coldham, dated 16th January 1983. Aird is replying to a request for information on F.S. Jackson. He remembers Jackson as 'a very friendly and charming man. The expressions "Live Wire" applied very much to him'. He describes his appearance as 'slight and athletic and he had great confidence in himself... I cannot believe there has ever been a better genuine all rounder... a natural athlete'. Aird closes by recommending a visit to Lord Alletson, whom he believes was a nephew of Jackson. Signed 'Ronny Aird'. Good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £32
Aird was secretary to M.C.C. 1953-1962, and President in 1968-1969
Lot 84:
Lot 84
Leslie Gutteridge, publisher, Epworth Press. Single page typed letter from Gutteridge to Gerald Brodribb, dated 30th April 1956. Gutteridge is writing attempting to identify a poem, a transcript of which he originally enclosed with this letter. He writes, 'An article that I have written about Copthall Chambers and his "The Cricket Match a Poem in Two Cantos" needs the confirmation that this poem of his is unknown'. He continues, 'The real name of "Copthall Chambers Esq." is Thomas Smith. The poem was sung(!) at the Opening Dinner of the Surrey Cricket Club'. Signed in green ink 'Leslie'. Pinholes and foxing, light folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
The poem to which Gutteridge is referring may be 'The Origin of Cricket: Sung at the Opening Dinner of the Surrey Cricket Club' originally published in 'A Collection of Poems by Thomas Smith' in 1867. Smith was a stockbroker who used his address at Copthall Chambers as a pseudonym
Lot 85:
Lot 85
Arthur Haygarth, M.C.C. Sussex and Middlesex, 1844-1861. Original four page handwritten letter to an unknown correspondent, dated 28th April 1982, to whom Haygarth had already posted a letter 'this morning'. The subject of the letter is Haygarth's 'Scores and Biographies'. He encloses two lists received this morning from M.C.C. and has just written to the assistant secretary, Mr J. Murdoch, to forward him their list of printed matches. Haygarth continues, 'I expect to catch several cricketers I could not find in the winter. It has often been an arduous task to find the addresses of many cricketers after a few years have passed since they began play. I am sure I can rely on you to save the MS... I pride myself that every line in the 13 vols already published is a fact connected with cricket and all "future vols" (& I hope there will be several) are all drawn up in exactly the same lines'. In a postscript Haygarth writes, 'All depends now on Bean & the Syndicate does it not?' and finishes, 'I shall most probably never go to Lord's again for I think their treatment of me was most unkind'. An interesting letter relating to Haygarth's ongoing difficulties with the publication of 'Scores and Biographies'. Nicely signed 'Arthur Haygarth'. Horizontal and vertical folds, some age toning, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £200
Arthur Haygarth is best remembered for compiling the fifteen volumes of 'Scores and Biographies', the first four published by F. Lillywhite, the remainder by M.C.C. At the time of writing Haygarth was disillusioned by the apparent failure of M.C.C. to continue to publish his manuscripts, Volume XIII covering 1874-1876 having been published some five years previously in 1880. The letter was formerly owned by John Arlott, with faint pencil annotations of Haygarth's name and details
Lot 86:
Lot 86
John Henniker-Major, 5th Baron Henniker. Two page handwritten letter on Thornham Hall, Eye (Suffolk) note paper to Dr Short, dated 14th September 1877. Henniker-Major is writing to thank Short 'for the most enjoyable day's cricket the three young people had on Wednesday... I will send you over as good an eleven as I can on Friday next. I cannot come myself as I shall be away from home. Nicely signed 'J Henniker'. Horizontal folds. Good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: unsold
John Henniker-Major served as Member of Parliament for East Suffolk and was appointed Governor of the Isle of Man in 1895 where he died in 1902. He established a cricket ground at Thornham Hall in 1876
Lot 87:
Lot 87
Pelham Francis 'Plum' Warner. Oxford University, Middlesex & England 1894-1920. Four page handwritten letter in ink dated 5th July 1909. Warner is writing to apologise for not replying to an invitation to play tennis, and his untidy appearance as 'my flannels were at Lord's'. Signed 'P.F. Warner'. Light horizontal fold, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £30
Lot 88:
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England Test cricketers 1930s. Four brief handwritten letters from England Test players, each replying to a request for an autograph or in thanks for congratulations received. Signatures are Cyril Walters (Worcestershire), Gubby Allen (Middlesex), Maurice Leyland (Yorkshire) and Eddie Paynter (Lancashire). Odd adhesive marks to two letters, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £30
Lot 89:
Lot 89
Geoffrey Boycott. Yorkshire & England 1962-1986. Card from Boycott, handwritten in ink and dated 24th February 2004, thanking the correspondent for the gift of a book etc. Nicely signed by Boycott. Good condition. Sold with an official menu for a dinner given by the Wombwell Cricket Society in honour of their patrons, Geoff Boycott and Dickie Bird, held at the Ardsley Moat House Hotel, 14th April 1989. Signed in ink to the front by both Boycott and Bird. Two official tickets attached inside. Staining and smudging to both signatures
Estimate: £20/30
Hammer price: £32
Lot 90:
Lot 90
William 'Gentleman' Smith. Original early two page handwritten letter from Smith dated 19th June 1816. Smith is writing to an unknown correspondent, probably a publisher, regarding a series of matches played between Eton and All England at Newmarket 'in 1750'. Smith lists the players who participated, including for All England, Lord Trentham, Lowson, Lade, Whickliffe, Humphries, Cooper etc and for Eton, Duke of Kinsgton, Lord Sandwich, Lord Howe, Townshend etc. Light staining and small adhesive marks to the letter, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £100
An accompanying copy of a cutting from the 'Sporting Kalendar' of July 1751 reports on a three match series played at Newmarket in 1751, in which England won the first by 37 runs, Eton the second by 70 runs, and England the third by 95 runs. William Smith was educated at Eton College and Cambridge University, but was sent down for unruly behaviour and became a notable actor
Lot 91:
Lot 91
Don Bradman. Australia. Original handwritten one page letter from Don Bradman to Jack Pollard regarding payment for an article for 'Six and Out' a book edited by Pollard. Bradman requests some form of payment and asks for a cheque to be sent made out to 'Adelaide Crippled Childrens Association' as he does not wish to profit from the article. Nicely signed in ink by Bradman. The letter is dated 17th June 1966 and is written on Bradman headed paper. VG
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £95
Lot 92:
Lot 92
Walter Reginald Hammond. Gloucestershire & England 1920-1951. Interesting four page handwritten letter, with original envelope, from Hammond to his Wife from the Grand Hotel, Bulawayo on the M.C.C. tour of South Africa 1938/39. Postmarked 8th February 1939. Excellent content including flying down to Durban after the last (timeless) Test to spend time with her, not playing in the last match, visiting the grave of Cecil Rhodes, Civic luncheon 'where the Mayor as always spoke a lot of hot air', eating steak and kidney pudding 'made a change form all the local stuff', bad weather 'The Cape climate my dear is a dream compared with some of the stuff we have been getting...'. Nicely signed 'Wal'. Tear to fold and to lower edge of first page, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £260
Lot 93:
Lot 93
John Berry 'Jack' Hobbs, Surrey & England 1905-1934. Two page handwritten letter to Charles Pratt Green regarding cricket bats. 'I am under agreement to return all bats with which I make important scores to the makers of the "Force" bat, Summers, Brown & Sons, 40 Whitecross Street and perhaps they would oblige if you wrote them. I thank you for all the nice things you say about me in your letter, also for your kind wishes for success in South Africa'. Nicely signed 'J.B.Hobbs' and dated 16th October 1913. Back of letter laid down to lined page. Odd mark/foxing spot otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £40
The letter was written just prior to Hobbs leaving for the M.C.C. tour of South Africa in 1913/14. On the tour he topped the batting averages with 1489 runs at an average of 74.75 with five centuries
Lot 94:
Lot 94
Charles Burgess Fry, Sussex & England 1892-1921. Five page handwritten letter from Fry to Jim Swanton, he talks of Swanton's success in his articles on the Tests, 'I was sitting by that pleasant character P.B.H. May, at the Arsenal match today, he thinks television is having a big influence on the public attitude to cricket eg 10s of 1000's instead of 1000's know what A. Bedser 'looks like'- so that the words of such accounts as yours take on much more meaning. I see his idea- he is a thoughtful kid'. He then talks in length about Arsenal and football, 'The famous club is suffering from over-sophistication of method and the ageing of some of its players- Only goals count in soccer and no amount of midfield acrobatics makes up for penetrative individual dash and pluck near goal'. The letter dated 19th September 1953 and nicely signed in ink 'C.B.F.'. G
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £60
Lot 95:
Lot 95
George Gordon, 9th Marquis of Huntly & Earl of Aboyne. Original one page handwritten letter from Aboyne to 'Thergill (?)' regarding the embodiment of the Gordon Highlanders regiment. As I find it is generally supposed that the regiment will be embodied immediately after the ballot, it will be necessary that Sgt Vaughton should make the best of his way to Aberdeen so as to be there as soon after the 16th June as he can.... I hope he will be able to bring some of the assistance along with him I mentioned in my last letter. Excuse all this trouble and believe me my dear Thergill'. The letter dated, Aboyne Castle, 3rd May 1798. Nicely signed 'Aboyne' in black ink with original official red wax seal. An early signature of Aboyne, styled Lord Strathavon until 1795 and known as The Earl of Aboyne from 1795-1836, was a Scottish peer. Small nick to one edge, light adhesive marks to verso, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £70
In 1794, the newly embodied regiment of the Gordon Highlanders was paraded for the first time at Aberdeen when they wore the then almost new, and now famous, tartan which had been devised by Forsythe of Huntly. Forsythe had taken the standard plaid and woven in a yellow stripe, which, as he wrote to Lord Huntly, he trusted would appear "very lively".

Recruited mainly in the large Gordon estates in Badenoch, Lochaber and Strathspey but also from the counties of Aberdeen, Banff and Elgin,the Regiment was, at first, numbered the 100th Regiment of Foot. But the title of the Gordon Highlanders was used along with the number. In 1798 they became the 92nd, under which number they won their first battle honours and by which they were known until their amalgamation in 1881 with the 75th Regiment.

Gordon was born in 1761 and was a keen cricketer who made four known first class appearances from 1785-1792. He was a member of the White Conduit Club and an early member of M.C.C. but was mainly associated with Surrey. He died in 1853
Lot 96:
Lot 96
Len Braund. Surrey, Somerset & England 1896-1920. One page handwritten letter to J.D. Coldham reporting on his health, awaiting a second artificial leg. Welcomes current success of the Surrey team 'keeping up the old tradition of sportsmanship'. The letter dated 20th November 1946 and nicely signed in ink by Braund. Folds, good
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: unsold
Braund was beset by ill-health in his later life and had both legs amputated during the Second World War
Lot 97:
Lot 97
Wombwell Cricket Lovers' Society 1950s/1960s. Selection of approximately thirty typed and handwritten letters, the majority written to Jack Sokell from former players, publishers, editors etc replying to invitations to attend dinners and events. Signatures include Fred Rumsey (Somerset & England), Graham Ross, Irving Rosenwater, Brian Reynolds (Northamptonshire), Cedric Rhodes (Lancashire Chairman), Diana Rait Kerr (Curator, Lord's Museum), R.W.V. Robins (Cambridge University, Middlesex & England) etc. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £30
Lot 98:
Lot 98
Don Bradman. Single page handwritten letter from Bradman in ink on The Victoria Station Hotel, Nottingham letterhead dated 2nd June 194[8]. Writing to 'Dear Geoffrey', Bradman states 'I'm very sorry but I am afraid it is impossible to do what you ask. We are getting hundreds of similar requests & I'm sure you will quite understand that we can neither accept all of them nor pick out certain ones'. Signed 'Don Bradman'. Horizontal folds and light foxing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 99:
Lot 99
William Ewart 'Bill' Astill. Leicestershire & England 1906-1939. Four page handwritten letter in ink from Astill to 'My Dear Eileen' dated 'Friday', the accompanying envelope postmarked 24th August 1929. Astill has just arrived in Westcliff-on-Sea for the Essex v Leicestershire match played at Southend 24th-27th August 1929 and is replying to correspondence received from the lady. The envelope laid down to page. Fold to the letter, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £38
Lot 100:
Lot 100
Anthony Robert 'Tony' Lewis, Glamorgan & England 1955-1974. A small selection of correspondence to Lewis relating to him retiring from first class cricket in 1974, becoming a member of I Zingari in 1975, presidency of M.C.C. etc. The letter relating to his retirement is from Colin Cowdrey and dated 30th July 1974 'Like C.B. Fry you have chosen to finish at the might of your powers, called to bigger things', there are two letters handwritten by Lord Cobham, the first dated 24th January 1975 asking him to join I Zingari and the other, dated 1st February 1975 following Lewis's positive reply 'I know that your own attitude towards cricket is that it is a game to be enjoyed and not a battle to be endured', he talks of the lack of chivalry in cricket in the 1970's, 'I think that you and dear old Johnny Clay are the only two Glamorgan IZ's.... Maurice Turnbull certainly would have joined us but for his untimely death', a further letter from Sir William Becher, Secretary of IZ dated 1993, he talks of Colin Cowdrey, George Mann etc plus a card from Colin Cowdrey praising Lewis on his performance as M.C.C. President. Some faults and damage to some of the letters otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £65
Lot 101:
Lot 101
Elias Henry 'Patsy' Hendren. Middlesex & England 1907-1937. Single page handwritten letter in ink dated 23rd May 1934. Hendren is writing to thank S. Canynge Caple for his recently published book 'The Cricketer's Who's Who'. Nicely signed 'E. Patsy Hendren'. Light folds, adhesive marks to verso, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £50
Lot 102:
Lot 102
Tom Graveney and Raman Subba Row. Original single page typed letter dated 8th August 1958 nicely signed in ink by Subba Row, and a single page handwritten letter from Graveney dated 9th October 1957. Both are writing to 'Mr Stollery' thanking him for the gifts of hand crafted and embroidered newspaper props. Sold with a two page typed letter dated February 1964 regarding fund raising activities for Ken Barrington's benefit year, signed by Alec Bedser. Also an official menu for the West Byfleet Cricket Club annual dinner, 18th November 1955, signed to the back page by Peter May. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £25
Lot 103:
Lot 103
Harold Larwood. Nottinghamshire & England 1924-1938. Single page undated handwritten letter from Larwood in which he is replying to a request to present prizes at an event. 'I am sorry that I have to decline your invitation... I have been inundated with requests of all sorts but have declined them all'. Nicely signed 'Harold Larwood'. The letter partly laid down to black page. Horizontal and vertical folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold

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