Autographed Cricket Ephemera

Lot 35:
Lot 35
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: £80/120
Hammer price: unsold
Wighill Park, home of Lord Hawke, had its own private cricket ground in the grounds
Lot 36:
Lot 36
H.L. Jenner. Cambridge University & Gentlemen of Kent 1820-1898. Three page handwritten letter dated 20th November 1875. General business correspondence. Signed in ink by Jenner. Odd faults otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £85
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Lot 37
John Berry 'Jack' Hobbs, Surrey & England 1905-1934. One page handwritten letter from Hobbs to a Mrs Ortel, the letter dated 19th April 1926, thanking him again 'I only hope this little fellow will bring me as much luck as the last one. Please thank you daughter for her kind thought. Very nicely signed J.B. Hobbs. With original envelope. [Perhaps a good luck memento for the new cricket season]. Very good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £25
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Lot 38
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: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
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Lot 39
Henry Horton. Worcestershire & Hampshire 1946-1957. Two page handwritten letter from Horton to 'John [Arlott]', dated 5th April 1965. Horton thanks Arlott for payment to him of expenses by the B.B.C. 'for my lengthy spell on T.V.' and reports he has received 'a very nice cheque from Derrick Allen B.A.O.R. [British Army of the Rhine]' Signed 'Henry'. G/VG
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: unsold
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Lot 40
E.V.L. Lucas. Cricket author and essayist. Four page handwritten article written by Lucas in his distinctive hand on his Waldron, Sussex, letterhead. The subject of the article is John Small who played for Hampshire 1773-1798 and was an original member of Hambledon Cricket Club. About Small he writes, 'The first recorded match in which he played was for Hambledon against Caterham when he made 80; the last, for Hambledon, was in 1793, against the MCC when he made only 2 & 0'. He describes Small's other skills 'besides cricket: he was a fine skater[?] & a true shot' and, quoting Nyren, his 'skill as a musician both with the voice & the violin'. His early careers were as a shoemaker and gamekeeper 'and latterly took to making bats and balls' which were bought by Budd and M.C.C. who 'offered him a guinea a piece for them'. On his death a poet wrote the epitaph, 'Here lies, bowled out of really[?] unerring ball, A cricketer renowned, of name John Small'. Rust marks to top left corners, otherwise in good condition. Rare
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £130
John Small was one of the leading batsmen of the 18th century and is noted for his influences on the Laws of cricket including setting the maximum width of the bat, and the addition of the middle stump to the wicket
Lot 41:
Lot 41
John Masefield. Poet Laureate 1930-1967. Two page handwritten letter from Masefield on his Abingdon letterhead to Leslie Gutteridge. The letter is undated, the accompanying envelope is postmarked 10th November 1964. Masefield is writing to thank Gutteridge for his letter about 'the Australians in England, 1882' and of 'Major Bowen to offer to lend me his copy'. Masefield had written the lengthy poem 'Eight Five to Win' about England's attempts to score the runs needed to win the Test match at Kennington Oval, falling short by seven runs. The poem was first published in The Times on 29th August 1956, and a copy of the newspaper page is enclosed. Masefield also asks Gutteridge for information on when 'At some time, between about 1855-1885', an Eleven of Masefields played an Eleven of Lyttletons at (I think) Newport, Shropshire... I would like to know who the Masefields were. I expect they were pretty well rolled in the pitch against such another XI'. Signed 'John Masefield'. A rare cricket related Masefield letter
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £140
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Lot 42
James Pycroft. Oxford University 1836-1838. Handwritten one page letter with blind embossed emblem to head for 'Brighton Union Club' dated 26th June (probably 1872). Assumed to be writing to Spencer Ponsonby, Pycroft thanks him for information and 'I hope by the beginning of next season to dedicate a 6th edition of my "Cricket Field" to the Zingari as Charles Leigh tells me I may do'. Signed 'James Pycroft'. VG
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £70
James Pycroft is chiefly known for writing 'The Cricket Field', one of the earliest books about cricket, first published in 1851. The sixth edition was published in 1873 without the dedication
Lot 43:
Lot 43
John Auger Dixon. Nottinghamshire 1882-1905. Single page note handwritten in ink from Dixon, dated 3rd September 1889. Nicely signed 'J.A. Dixon'. Light horizontal fold, small adhesive marks to verso, otherwise in good condition. Sold with a sepia photograph of Dixon, seated half length wearing cap and blazer. The photograph laid down to tightly trimmed album page with creasing. G
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £50
Dixon captained Nottinghamshire 1888-1889. A successful footballer, he represented Notts County and England
Lot 44:
Lot 44
Edwin Boaler 'Ted' Alletson. Nottinghamshire 1906-1914. Single page letter handwritten in ink from Alletson, dated 11th October 1954. Alletson writes, 'Have not had the best of health these last few years... [I] have to go with two sticks otherwise I am very fit. I scale 19 1/2 stones so am not running off much'. Signed E.B. Alletson. G/VG
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £40
Ted Alletson was famous for scoring 189 in 90 minutes, the last 142 coming in 40 minutes, including 34 in one over while batting for Nottinghamshire against Sussex at Hove in 1911
Lot 45:
Lot 45
Harry Butler Daft. Nottinghamshire 1885-1899. Single page letter handwritten in ink on the ornate letterhead of Richard Daft, sports outfitter, dated 11th September 1889. Daft writes apologising for the delay in replying to a request for his autograph. Signed 'H.B. Daft'. Horizontal and vertical folds, otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £90
Harry was one of four members of the Daft family who played cricket for Nottinghamshire along with his father Richard, his brother Richard P. Daft, and his uncle, Charles. Harry was also a noted footballer, playing for Notts County with whom he won the F.A. Cup in 1894, Nottingham Forest, and made five appearances for England
Lot 46:
Lot 46
Wilfred Richard Daniel Payton. Nottinghamshire 1905-1931. Single page letter handwritten in ink on Wilfred Payton Sports Outfitter letterhead, and dated 15th February 1935. Payton is writing to a J.B. Milne replying to a request, 'and I hereby enclose one of my old bats'. Nicely signed 'W. Payton'. Light folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
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Lot 47
John Richmond Gunn. Nottinghamshire, London County & England 1896-1904. Two page handwritten letter from Gunn to John Arlott with very good cricket content. Dated 17th August 1956, Gunn is writing regarding a radio broadcast given by Jim Swanton 'about our [Nottinghamshire] left arm bowler A.K. [Alan] Walker, where he did the hat trick in the first three balls in the second innings. He said it was a world record never having been done before. I did it some years ago at Chesterfield against Derby claiming the wickets of J.G. Wright, C. Ollivierre & W. Storer in the first three balls of the second innings same as Walker. Thought you might have a word or two with Mr Swanton & put him right, it is funny two Notts men doing it in the second innings. Have got the ball in that case at the Notts ground'. Gunn closes by saying that Neville Cardus 'did not think it had been done before'. Signed 'John Gunn'. Adhesive marks to lower corners of the first page, otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £80
The match to which Gunn is referring was played at Chesterfield 27th-29th June 1904. It appears Swanton was correct in according to Alan Walker the 'record' of a hat trick in the first three balls of the second innings. The scorecard for the 1904 match suggests that Gunn bowled the second over, Wass having opened. In the second innings in the 1953 match at Leicester, Walker not only opened the bowling in the second innings and took a hat trick off the first three balls, he had also taken the final Leicestershire wicket in the first innings
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George Gunn. Nottinghamshire & England 1902-1932. Four page handwritten letter dated 12th November 1957 from Gunn to John Arlott. The letter is in two parts: first Gunn writes to thank Arlott for his letter of sympathy following the recent death of Gunn's son, George Vernon Gunn (Nottinghamshire 1928-1950), in a motorcycling accident. 'He always was a bit of a harem scare em and he had 3 bad smashes really & they say third time pays for all. I told him several times to get rid of it, the bike'. Gunn continues 'you can't tell them nowt even if they are fifty two, and the same when they get married, "you can't tell them nowt". They make your arms ache when they're young & they make your heart ache when they're old'. Gunn closes with a postscript saying he had also recently lost his wife, 'that was a hell of a smack when she went. She was a Grand Old Lady'. As an afterthought, Gunn then picks up on the theme of cricket and refers to England's series win against West Indies that summer, and 'That old Yorkshire trick of ploughing the wicket up' referring to bowlers running on the wicket. 'A.W. Carr [Nottinghamshire captain] was a rum lad but he wouldn't stand for that or any other dirty trick' and describes how, playing against Yorkshire, 'Fred Barrett said to A.W. you wait till we get out there. I'll show the so and so's how to plough the wicket up, & he did for one over, but A.W. took him off & didn't let him bowl again that match'. A poignant personal letter with good cricket content. Small adhesive marks to the page corners, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £80
George Gunn died the following year on the 29th June 1958
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Lot 49
Guy Rolf Jackson. Derbyshire 1919-1936. Single page typed wartime letter from Jackson, dated 22nd May 1944. Jackson is replying to a request for his autograph from a young Derbyshire supporter and looks forward to the return of cricket. Nicely signed in ink 'Guy Jackson'. Light folds otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
Jackson captained Derbyshire from 1922 to 1930. He was selected to captain the M.C.C. tour to South Africa in 1927/28 but had to withdraw due to ill health
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Lot 50
Leslie Fletcher Townsend. Derbyshire, Auckland & England 1922-1939. Single page handwritten letter from Townsend, dated 8th July 1976. Writing from his home in New Zealand Townsend is replying to a request for his autograph. Sold with an original sepia press photograph of Townsend, head and shoulders wearing his M.C.C. touring blazer, taken while on tour in India, November 1933. 5.5"x3.75". G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
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Lot 51
Sydney Francis Barnes. Warwickshire, Lancashire & England 1894-1930. Single page handwritten letter dated 17th November from Barnes to 'Mr Milne' with good cricket content and reference to W.G. Grace. Barnes writes to return autographed cards and explains why he rarely visits London, 'the only reason I should would be to watch the Tests and the reason I don't is that this would be rather expensive... I go to Nottingham and Manchester matches because I can get home each day'. Regarding Grace he writes, 'I played against him once- his last Gents v Players match at the Oval & my first. I got him caught at the wicket but Hadfield the umpire said "not out". W.G. said later, I played it Barnes. I replied I know you did & so does everyone except this chap, but then as WG once told a bowler, "they have come to see me [bat] & not to see you bowl". A very fine man & a great cricketer is my opinion of him'. Signed 'S.F. Barnes'. Small adhesive marks to lower corners, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £130
Barnes first played for the Players against the Gentlemen (captained by Grace) in the drawn match at The Oval, 10th-12th July 1902. Grace's final appearance in a Gentlemen v Players match was actually in 1906
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Lot 52
George Duckworth. Lancashire & England 1923-1947. Single page letter handwritten in ink from Duckworth to 'Mr [Jack] Sokell' (Wombwell Cricket Lovers' Society), dated 3rd January 1956. Duckworth is replying to an invitation to attend a lecture. Nicely signed by Duckworth. Sold with a small selection of original photographs and cigarette cards of Duckworth. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £20
Lot 53:
Lot 53
Albert Ward. Yorkshire, Lancashire & England 1886-1904. Two page letter handwritten in ink from Ward, dated 11th November 1889. Ward is replying to a request for his autograph. 'I have had but one year in first class cricket but as you intend to do me the honour of putting my autograph with those of famous cricketers I trust that my future performances in the cricket field will entitle it to its place'. Nicely signed 'Albert Ward'. Small stain to one corner, horizontal and vertical folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £120/150
Hammer price: £160
Ward played four first-class matches for Yorkshire in 1886. He made his debut for Lancashire in 1889
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Lot 54
John Thomas 'Johnny' Tyldesley. Lancashire & England 1895-1923. Single page letter handwritten in ink dated 24th June 1903. Tyldesley is writing to accept an invitation to play for Players v Gentlemen at Lord's. Signed 'J.T. Tyldesley'. Sold with a Valentine's Series colour postcard of Tyledesley in batting pose etc. G/VG
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £70
Tyldesley played in the drawn Gentlemen v Players match at Lord's, 6th-8th July 1903. In the first innings the Players made 478 (A.E. Knight 139) and the Gentlemen 185. Following on, the Gentlemen declared at 500 for 2 (C.B. Fry 232no and A.C. MacLaren 168no). The Players ended 55 for 1. Tyldesley scored 6 and 13no in the match
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Edward Humphrey Dalrymple Sewell. India, London County & Essex 1892-1904. An interesting and entertaining two page letter handwritten in ink from Sewell to G. Neville Weston, cricket writer and collector. In the letter marked 'Private' and dated 23rd June 1942, Sewell writes regarding recent derogatory articles in The Cricketer magazine about W.G. Grace. Sewell reports that Sydney Santall 'has squashed Haig about W.G.' and that Sewell himself has 'bowled an over or two against Gilligan's childish attack in a previous number... I've told W. to his face exactly what I think about it all' and asks that Neville Weston writes another letter endorsing Santall and 'if there's anything you approve of in my letters... especially as regards the ungentlemenliness of attacking Grace without rhyme or reason for making the attack 27 years after his death, I am sure every admirer of the G.O.M. ['Great Old Man'] will approve of anything you write'. Sewell's uses colourful terms such as 'disgraceful' and 'objectionable' and 'such a lack of breeding' and closes, 'The next No. appears July 18, W.G's 94th birthday- a good opportunity for a fast yorker on the leg stump!' and signs himself, 'E.H.D. Sewell'. A good read! Adhesive mark to top edge of second page, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £50
Sewell was an author of several books on cricket and also wrote for a number of newspapers on cricket and rugby
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Richard Moore 'Dickie' Bell. London County 1902-1904. Three page letter handwritten in ink from Bell to G. Neville Weston, cricket writer and collector. Dated 8th December 1941 and writing from his wartime address in Weybridge, Surrey, Bell is replying to express his interest in Weston's idea of the compilation of a 'scrapbook of my old friend Dr. W.G. Grace... I have all sorts of things such as team photos, snapshots of Grace, letters, an autographed bat which he gave me, a golf bag etc' including original photographic plates, but explains that most of his things are packed and stored away. Bell remembers meeting 'the Doctor practically all the year round after he came up to London, cricket in the summer & we used to run with the beagles and play golf together in the winter'. Being a great admirer of Grace, Bell kept 'a whole bundle' of correspondence between them 'feeling sure they would be of great interest long after his passing away'. Bell was an original member of the London County C.C. and 'remained so until it was disbanded. I think C.J.A. Wilkinson & I are the only ones still playing cricket. He closes by explaining that his London flat 'is shut up for the duration of the war', and that he is currently living close to a General Weston who used to play cricket and wonders if he is related to Neville Weston. Nicely signed 'R.M. Bell'. A good wartime letter with interesting references to Grace. Some adhesive marks, not affecting the letter content, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £70
W.G. Grace was invited to form the London County Cricket Club in 1898 and served as the club's secretary, manager and captain. They played their first first-class match in April 1900. Bell played his first match for the club in 1902 and represented the Gentlemen of London County against M.C.C. at Lord's in August 1908, which appears to be the last match played by London County before being disbanded, in which Bell took eleven wickets in a four wicket victory for London County. He played for Sutton (Surrey) C.C. for over forty years
Lot 57:
Lot 57
Patrick Graham Toler Kingsley. Oxford University 1928-1930. Single page handwritten letter dated 30th October 1978. Kingsley is replying to a request from 'Mr Crampton' for his autograph. Nicely signed 'Patrick Kingsley'. VG
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: unsold
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Lot 58
David Charles Humphrey Townsend. Oxford University & England 1933-1948. Single page typed letter on Archer, Parkin & Townsend Solicitors letterhead dated 7th January 1976. Townsend is replying to a request from D.G. Crampton for his autograph. Nicely signed 'David Townsend'. VG
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £15
Townsend is the last cricketer to have played Test cricket for England without having played for a first-class county. He played in three Tests on the M.C.C. tour to West Indies 1934/35
Lot 59:
Lot 59
Evelyn Maitland 'Lyn' Wellings. Oxford University & Surrey 1928-1946. Single page handwritten letter dated 16th October 1988. Wellings is replying to 'Mr Crampton' for a request for his autograph and writes 'you are correct about my short career in first class cricket, all over by 1933 except for one MCC match post war'. Signed 'E.M. Wellings'. VG
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £22
Wellings worked as a journalist for the London Evening News and wrote a number of books on cricket
Lot 60:
Lot 60
Michael Richard Barton. Oxford University & Surrey 1935-1954. Single page handwritten letter dated 13th January 1990. Barton is replying to 'Mr Crampton' for a request for his autograph. Signed 'Michael R. Barton'. VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
Barton captained Surrey from 1949 to 1951
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Oxford University. Three generations of Oxford groundsmen spanning one hundred years. Original three page handwritten letter from William Charles Hodgkins to an unknown correspondent dated 5th January 1923. Hodgkins describes 'My Grandfather, David Hodgkins, who was the first Varsity groundsman was born in 1800 and died in 1896, he probably began about 1820, and besides the Varsity ground, did most of the Colleges as well, Magdalen, Trinity, University, Worcester, Lincoln, Jesus, Magdalen Hall, but in the early days everyone played on the Varsity ground until they could manage to get a ground at Cowley Marsh... The connection has gone on with Trinity since then. I think my father did it until he got too old quite 45 years, and I have done it 30 years... when 1930 comes I shall have no doubt in my own mind, that between us, we have passed 100 years'. Signed 'William Charles Hodgkins'. The letter partly laid down to page with some creasing, otherwise in good condition. Sold with three original portrait photographs of David Hodgkins, William Hodgkins, and William Charles with William Hodgkins. Some creasing, generally good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £42
Lot 62:
Lot 62
James Gilman. Middlesex, Cambridge University and London County 1900-1904. Three original handwritten letters/ postcards, one from Gilman to the cricket historian, G. Neville Weston dated 11th May 1964 relating to research about W.G. Grace. The two others dated 3rd April 1966 and 16th March 1976 are from Irving Rosenwater to Weston, both relating to conversations with Gilman, one regarding Gilman hitting a six into the Tavern to win the 1902 Varsity match at Lord's, the other on the eve of Gilman's 97th birthday. Sold with a facsimile letter to Gilman from W.G. Grace in which Grace berates him for letting him down the day before a London County match in 1901 etc. Odd faults and uneven trimming to the original letters, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
The majority of Gilman's first-class career was playing for London County.
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John Thomas Brown. Yorkshire & England 1889-1904. Single page handwritten letter dated 27th December 1900. Writing to an unknown correspondent Brown states, 'I have had brought to me a copy of old cricket rules as revised by the M.C.C. in 1798 printed on the old style of paper and framed. I think the thing is genuine and could be bought at a reasonable figure. Would it be of any use to you. It so let me know and I will tell the man to send it on for you to see'. Signed 'J.T. Brown Yorks XI'. The letter is laid down to a modern mount below an early mono postcard of Brown in batting pose at the crease. Framed and glazed, overall 6.25"x12.5". Good condition
Estimate: £120/160
Hammer price: £105
J.T.Brown dropped out of first class cricket in May 1904 due to heart trouble, which initially was not thought serious, but he in fact never recovered and died in November of the same year, aged only 35 years. He and Percy Holmes are the only batsmen to have scored two triple centuries for Yorkshire
Lot 64:
Lot 64
Trevor Edward Bailey. Essex & England 1946-1967. Single page handwritten letter dated 23rd August 2006 from Bailey. Writing from his home in Westcliffe-on-Sea, Bailey compares regaining the Ashes in 1953 being 'rather like last summer [2005], extremely satisfying' and describes having played in six series against Australia, 'three at home and three away'. Signed 'Yours, Trevor'. Good condition
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £15
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Lot 65
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: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
Aird was secretary to M.C.C. 1953-1962, and President in 1968-1969
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Lot 66
John Arlott. Single page typed letter from Arlott to the book dealer, E.K. 'Ted' Brown, dated 10th March 1969. The letter on 'The Old Sun, Alresford, Hampshire' letterhead is addressed and signed in ink by Arlott, in which he is replying to an invitation to lunch. 'I doubt my appetite would hold out much later than 1.30, but it can subsist until then'. Signed 'Regards, yours, John A.'. Light folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £20
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Lot 67
F.S. Ashley-Cooper. Handwritten plain postcard dated 8th March 1923 from Ashley-Cooper to friend and fellow historian Charles Pratt Green informing him of the 'sad news that my good friend, Alfred D. Taylor, died today'. Signed 'F.S.A-C.'. Good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £55
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J.D. Betham. Original one page letter handwritten in ink from Betham, collector and author of 'Oxford and Cambridge Cricket Scores', dated 'April 2 1947', to E.K. 'Ted' Brown with envelope. Betham writes to thank Betham for returning a cheque for some books already sold, and notes that Brown has a copy of his book. 'I often wish I had brought it up to date but am now too old to tackle the job'. He closes with a reference to the Cricket Book Society which 'has brought one in touch with a good many cricket enthusiasts'. Signed 'J.D. Betham'. Good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £45
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James Graham 'Jim' Binks. Yorkshire & England 1955-1969. Original single page handwritten letter from Binks to 'Jack [Sokell]' dated 14th November 1962. Binks is writing to accept an invitation to attend 'the Championship Dinner in April'. Signed 'Jim Binks'. Light folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £15
Yorkshire won the County Championship in 1962
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Neville Cardus. Handwritten two page letter on National Liberal Club headed note paper to Dr [Leslie] Gutteridge, dated 23rd June 1959. Cardus is replying to an invitation, 'To my horror I find that I forgot to post a card answering your kind invitation to the Tavern dinner to A.A. Thomson on June 25th', and that he is unable to attend. He wishes to convey his best wishes to 'Mr Thomson, & to Sir Pelham, Herbert Sutcliffe, Wilfred Rhodes and Sidney Barnes and all the others'. He describes Thomson's latest book as 'a continuos delight'. Signed 'Neville Cardus'. Tear to lower corner, staple holes to one edge, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £75
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J.D. 'Jim' Coldham. Single page typed letter dated 15th July 1976 on The Cricket Society letterhead to George Sassoon. Coldham writes to say he will send a copy of an article he is writing before publication. He recalls corresponding with Sassoon's father, Siegfried, about 'his prose works, a very pleasant memory indeed, and lists the poems of Siegfried Sassoon which had been published in 'Cricket'. signed 'Jim Coldham'. Age toning and horizontal folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £20
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Edmund Esdaile. Biographer of the Nyren family. Four page handwritten letter from Esdaile to Harry Altham dated 2nd June 1964. 'The time has come for me to write again. I am on the track of new material about the Nyrens and the outlook is promising'. Esdaile is planning a new book on the Nyrens involving material on the family not previously used elsewhere, but confesses he has not read Altham's 'History of Cricket'. He writes about the Nyren's catholicism, places where cricket was played with a Catholic connection including St Omer in France and Stonyhurst, and their Jesuit influence on early cricket, and refutes the myth that John Nyren was of Jacobite stock. Altham has written note on the first page 'Answered 7.6.69. He might consult Bowen!'. A most interesting letter about the great Hambledon cricketing family. Good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £150
Esdaile went on to publish 'The Nyrens of Eartham and Hambledon. The Facts and a Reconstruction' in 1967, a book which changed significantly much that had originally been believed about the Nyrens and their origins. Harry Altham played for Surrey from 1908 to 1912. He served on the M.C.C. Committee from 1941 until his death in 1965 serving as Treasurer from 1949 until 1963 and President in 1959. He was a member of the Hampshire Committee for over forty years and the President of the club from 1946 until his death. He was also Chairman of the English Test selectors in 1954
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Lot 73
Frederick Gale. Kent 1845. Original four page handwritten letter dated 30th January [c1899] to 'My Dear Pardon', possibly Sydney Pardon, then editor of Wisden. Gale refers to an article by A.J. Lowth in 'Baily's' and recalls 'Dandy Lowth' as a prefect aged eighteen when Gale was a junior aged twelve at Winchester College. He describes how Lowth took twenty wickets against Eton and Harrow and in 1836 six wickets for the Gentlemen against the Players, and describes Lowth as being 'more like a boy than I am, when cheerful' and that he had written 'a real good article at 82'. He closes with recollections of playing against 'George [Gerald] Yonge' at Lord's in 1845. Nicely signed 'Fred Gale'. Some age toning, split to fold, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £130
Frederick Gale made his name as a prolific writer of books, newspaper and magazine articles writing under the name 'The Old Buffer'. He played in the Winchester Eleven in 1841 against Eton and Harrow at Lord's, and in two first class matches, both in 1845, one for Kent, the other for Gentlemen of Kent. Gerald Yonge played twenty six first-class matches 1844-1853
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A.J. Gaston. Three page handwritten letter from Gaston to E.B.V. Christian dated 27th April 1893. Gaston refers to a book mentioned by Christian as being 'Jerks in from Short Leg' by 'Quid'. He states 'It would be a heavy task to enumerate the [pages] in the magazines. Only fancy running through all the pages of a set of Baily or even the Sporting Magazine'. He closes by requesting the exact title of Christian's book, 'I shall be pleased to subscribe for a copy'. Nicely signed 'A.J. Gaston'. Adhesive marks to verso not affecting the content, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £65
Lot 75:
Lot 75
Home Gordon. Two page handwritten letter in ink from Gordon to J.D. Coldham on Union Club, Brighton note paper, dated 30th March 1946. Gordon writes to thank Coldham for 'the very kind letter affording me gratifying evidence (of which I have had plenty) that my efforts have afforded pleasure to lovers of cricket, though I may add that financially they have brought in little'. He expresses his great joy working for Sussex, 'it was I who had the honour at Hove to introduce the Australian cricketers during the war'. He closes by stating, 'If Sussex can find a good stock bowler, we ought to have an excellent side'. Signed 'Home Gordon'. Good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £50
Sir Home Gordon was a cricket author and journalist who was a regular contributor to 'The Cricketer'
Lot 76:
Lot 76
Edward Mills Grace. Gloucestershire & England 1870-1895. Single page handwritten letter to 'Mr Gaston' on Park House, Thorbury note paper, dated 9th February 1904. Grace writes, 'On the other side you will find the volumes I have for certain. But someone must have bagged a lot from me'. Nicely signed 'Edward Mills Grace'. The list to which Grace refers is absent. To the top of the page are three signatures in ink, Steve Donoghue (champion jockey 1914-1923) dated 1927, and Percy Perrin (Essex & London County 1896-1928) and one other. Good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £100
Lot 77:
Lot 77
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: £40/60
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 78:
Lot 78
Robert Halley. Perth Cricket. Two page handwritten letter to Alfred D. Taylor dated 18th October [19]01. Writing from his home in Perth, Halley is replying to an enquiry about '"The History of Cricket in Perth" by myself [which] has no being. I cannot understand how or why Mr Bone mentions there is such a work and regret you have been needlessly caused the trouble of writing'. Halley explains that it is 'Mr [William] Sievwright' who has written books on Perth cricket'. He congratulates Taylor 'on having secured so large a collection' and add that he has been a playing member of Perth C.C. for thirty years. Signed Robert Halley. Horizontal and vertical folds. Good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £35
Lot 79:
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Arthur Haygarth, M.C.C. Sussex and Middlesex, 1844-1861. Original four page handwritten letter to an unknown correspondent, dated 28th April 1892, 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: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
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 80:
Lot 80
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: £30/50
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 81:
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Peter Higson. Lancashire (Lancashire 1928-1933). Two page handwritten letter from Higson to 'My dear George'. Written on Lloyd's House, Albert Square, Manchester letterhead, Higson is replying to a letter of sympathy following the death of his father, Thomas Higson, and invites the correspondent to 'look me up, if you should be anywhere near come & have a chat about old times. Nicely signed 'Peter Higson'. The letter is undated but would have been August 1949, shortly after the death of his father. Horizontal and vertical folds. Good/ very good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £45
Peter Higson played three first-class matches for Lancashire. Most of his cricket was played for the Lancashire 2nd XI in Minor County cricket. His father, Thomas Atkinson Higson played first-class cricket 1892-1923 for Oxford University, Derbyshire, M.C.C. and Lancashire
Lot 82:
Lot 82
S.W. Hitchen. Author of 'A Biographical Sketch of Arthur Shrewsbury, the famous Notts Cricketer'. The letter is undated letter, but probably 1890s. Writing to the cricket author and historian, A.J. Gaston, Hitchin is replying to an enquiry about magazine articles on cricket. Hitchin is in poor health and has advertised some duplicate copies of Wisden in 'The Field' as 'a time of illness is always a trying one to the exchequer'. He asks Gaston for advice on 'having my set of "Wisden" rebound. I should not have done this if all the covers had been quite intact and perfect... I have chosen the cloth sides to imitate as near as possible the original & familiar "buff" cover of our old yearly favourite'. Regarding cricket, Hitch writes 'Poor "Old Notts", how the mighty have fallen. We seem in a dreadful way & cannot hope for a "look in" at Yorkshire on Monday next. Well done Warwicks'. In a postscript he asks if Gaston could publicise the fact that he has 'one or two copies left of the ed de luxe of "Life of A. Shrewsbury". There were only 25 copies done in scarlet 1/2 binding, green & gold sides, ie Notts colours. They are sure to be very scarce'. Heavy foxing, splitting to fold, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £85
Hitchen compiled and published 'A Biographical Sketch of Arthur Shrewsbury' in Nottingham 1890. The limited edition version to which he refers in this letter is not recorded in Padwick
Lot 83:
Lot 83
Sir Spencer Cecil Brabazon Ponsonby, later Ponsonby-Fane. Middlesex & Surrey 1841-1864. Original four page handwritten letter on black-edged mourning paper from Ponsonby to 'My dear WB' dated 14th September 1884. Writing from his home at Brympton d'Evercy in Somerset, the letter, probably to his land agent, relates to the financial hardship of a tenant farmer who is unable to pay a proposed increase in rent. Nicely signed 'S Ponsonby Fane'. Some creasing and folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £40
Sir Spencer Cecil Brabazon Ponsonby-Fane was an English cricketer and civil servant. Ponsonby played for Middlesex and Surrey and later administered Somerset and Harrow cricket club. He was one of the founders of I Zingari in 1845. He was an employee of the British Foreign Office, controller of the Lord Chamberlain's Office, Private Secretary to Lord Palmerston, the Earl of Clarendon and Earl Granville and he transported the peace treaty for the Crimean War to Paris
Lot 84:
Lot 84
Yorkshire C.C.C. Lord Hawke and F.S. Jackson. Two bookplate pictures, one of Lord Hawke, the other of F.S. Jackson, each in batting pose. Signed in black ink to the image by the featured player. Slight fading to the Hawke signature. Adhesive marks to verso of both images, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £48
Lot 85:
Lot 85
'The War of the Roses 1849-1949'. Lancashire and Yorkshire. Official large menu for 'A Dinner to mark the Centenary of Yorkshire- Lancashire County Cricket Matches', held at the Grand Hotel, Sheffield, 7th October 1949. The menu with printed titles with central emblem of a cricket bat with entwined red and white roses. Signed to the front cover by thirty four attendees with good cricket names. Yorkshire signatures include Abe Waddington, David Denton, Edgar Oldroyd, Percy Holmes, Frank Greenwood, Gerald Smithson, Harry Crick, Bill Bowes, Ted Lester, Eillis Robinson, Wilf Barber, Maurice Leyland, Arthur Wood, Len Hutton, Cyril Turner, Vic Wilson, Ron Aspinall etc. Lancashire signatures include John Holroyd, Henry Butterworth, William Roberts, Frank Sibbles. Alan Wharton, Geoff Edrich, Cyril Washbrook, Eddie Phillipson etc. The menu is window mounted with facsimiles of the list of attendees and a design of a flag to commemorate the centenary of the 'Roses' match below. The menu measures approx. 8.5"x10.5". Framed and glazed overall 13"x20". G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £100
Lot 86:
Lot 86 Lot 86
'Yorkshire 1896 "Champion County"'. Page beautifully signed in black ink by thirteen members of the 1896 Yorkshire team. The page with exquisite hand painted emblem of two white roses in watercolour to head. Signatures are Schofield Haigh, Jack Brown, David Denton, Robert Moorhouse, John Tunnicliffe, Lord Hawke, F. Stanley Jackson, Frank Milligan, David Hunter, George Hirst, Joseph Mounsey, Ted Wainwright and Bobby Peel. The page measures approx. 8"x6.5", window mounted below a mono copy photograph of the team in modern mount and frame. Overall 15.5"x22.5". Excellent condition
Estimate: £400/600
Hammer price: £1400
Lot 87:
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Lord Martin Bladen Hawke. Cambridge University, Yorkshire & England 1881-1912. Signed full page mono illustration plate 'cutting' from The Jubilee Book of Cricket by K.S. Ranjitsinhji 1897. Signed to top border in black ink by Hawke and dated June 1902. Also signed by a further eleven Yorkshire players to borders including some rarer names. Signatures are Stanley Jackson, John Tunnicliffe, Jack Brown, Irving Washington, Lees Whitehead, David Hunter, Wilfred Rhodes, David Denton, George Hirst, Schofield Haigh and Tom Taylor. A few signatures slightly trimmed to right edge. The page is laid down in modern mount with mono photograph of the Yorkshire team below. Framed and glazed overall 9.25"x16". Odd minor nicks and adhesive marks to the page, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £300/400
Hammer price: £460
Lot 88:
Lot 88
Yorkshire v Australia 1921. Full page mono illustration plate 'Cutting' from The Jubilee Book of Cricket by K.S. Ranjitsinhji 1897 of 'Martin after delivery' nicely signed in black ink to verso by the twelve members of the Yorkshire team who played Australia at Bramall Lane, Sheffield, 20th-22nd July 1921. Signatures are Burton (captain), Sutcliffe, Rhodes, Oldroyd, Holmes, Macaulay, Kilner, Allen, Robinson, Wilson, Waddington and Hirst. Slight staining to page extremities not affecting the signatures, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £65
Australia won by 175 runs
Lot 89:
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Yorkshire v Somerset 1924. Page nicely signed in black ink by the eleven members of the Yorkshire team who played Somerset at Dewsbury, 18th-19th June 1924. Signatures are Wilson (captain), Rhodes, Macaulay, Dolphin, Leyland, Waddington, Oldroyd, Sutcliffe, Kilner, Holmes and Robinson. The page is laid down to modern mount below a mono postcard of the Yorkshire team. Framed and glazed overall 9.5"x14.5". Very good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £45
Yorkshire won by an innings and 202 runs with Herbert Sutcliffe scoring 213 in Yorkshire's only innings
Lot 90:
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Yorkshire 1931. Album page signed in pencil by eleven Yorkshire players. Signatures are Greenwood (captain), Macaulay, Wood, Holmes, Leyland, Barber, Oldroyd, Booth, Robinson, Bowes and Mitchell. The page window mounted in a modern mount below a page book cutting of a pen and ink cartoon by Harry Fieldhouse of Greenwood in batting, catching and fielding. Framed and glazed overall 13.5"x17.5". Good/ very good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £45
Frank Greenwood captained Yorkshire in 1931 and 1932
Lot 91:
Lot 91 Lot 91
Yorkshire Second XI 1946. Album page signed in ink by twelve members of the 1946 Yorkshire second XI. Signatures are Raper, Walker, Brennan, Beaumont, Coxon, Halliday, Bowes, Watson, Smithson, Smailes, Wardle and Robinson. The page window mounted in a modern mount below an original mono photograph of the team. Framed and glazed overall 13.5"x17.75". Odd minor faults to the photograph, the signatures in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £20
Lot 92:
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Yorkshire 1948. Large album page signed in ink by thirteen members of the 1946 Yorkshire team. Signatures are Sellers, Brennan, Robinson, Smailes, Coxon, Lester, Watson, Sutcliffe, Halliday, Smales and Wardle. The page window mounted in a modern mount below an original mono photograph of the team. Framed and glazed overall 10.5"x17". Adhesive marks to the page extremities not affecting the signatures, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £25
Lot 93:
Lot 93
Yorkshire 1958. Large album page with decorative borders signed by fourteen members of the Yorkshire side in ink. Signatures include Wilson, Padgett, Close, Trueman, Binks, Stott, Birkenshaw, Taylor, Sharpe, Bolus etc. VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £22
Lot 94:
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Yorkshire 1896. Two trimmed pages from a scrapbook with two press cuttings of articles reporting on Hampshire v Yorkshire played at Southampton, 16th-18th July 1896. Laid down to the borders are four cut out original photographs, two of F. Stanley Jackson, also J.T. Brown and J. Tunnicliffe. Three photographs are nicely signed in black ink to the page by the featured player, the fourth, of Jackson, has been captioned 'So slacker Jacker!' in Jackson's hand. Very good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £85
The match featured in the press articles was drawn. Hampshire posted a score of 515 in their only innings with Wynyard scoring 268. Poor fielding prevented them bowling out Yorkshire twice, despite Soar taking seven second innings wickets and ten in the match. Tunnicliffe was in the Yorkshire team, Jackson and Brown were unavailable as they were playing for England against Australia
Lot 95:
Lot 95
Frank Mitchell. Yorkshire & England 1894-1904. Good signature in ink of Mitchell on piece laid down to the page featuring Mitchell taken from 'Famous Cricketers and Cricket Grounds', C.W. Alcock. London 1895. Framed and glazed, overall 10.5"x15.25". Very good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £55
Lot 96:
Lot 96
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: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 97:
Lot 97
George Herbert Hirst. Yorkshire & England 1891-1929. Good signature in ink of Hirst on piece laid down to the page featuring Hirst 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: £20/30
Hammer price: £10
Lot 98:
Lot 98
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: £50/70
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 99:
Lot 99
Lord Martin Bladen Hawke. Cambridge University, Yorkshire & England 1881-1912. Bookplate photograph by R.W. Thomas, Cheapside, of Lord Hawke three quarter length wearing Yorkshire cap and blazer which have been hand coloured in blue. Mounted with signature of Hawke below. Framed and glazed overall 9"x14". Very good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £35
Lot 100:
Lot 100
Frank William Milligan. Yorkshire & England, 1894-1898. Good ink signature of Milligan on piece laid down to a bookplate photograph by W.H. Parkinson, Bradford, of Milligan seated three quarter length wearing Yorkshire cap and holding a ball. Framed and glazed overall 8.25"x12.5". Very good condition
Estimate: £60/80
Hammer price: £380
Lot 101:
Lot 101
Robert Peel. Yorkshire & England 1882-1897. Good ink signature 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". Very good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £300
Lot 102:
Lot 102
'The Ferrets' 1931. Official single page card menu for the dinner held at Pimms Ltd, The Old Red House, Bishopsgate, London on the 3rd November 1931. Signed to front cover in ink and pencil by nine attendees. Signatures in ink are E.H. Hendren (Middlesex & England 1907-1937), D.R. Jardine (Surrey & England 1920-1933), and A.E.R. Gilligan (Surrey, Sussex & England). Signatures in pencil include H.D.G. Leveson-Gower (Surrey & England 1895-1920), Lord Tennyson (Hampshire & England 1913-1938), A. Sandham (Surrey & England 1911-1937), A.H.H. Gilligan (Sussex & England 1919-1931), M.J.C. Allom (Surrey & England 1926-1938) etc. Very good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £180
Lot 103:
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'The League of Coloured Peoples' 1935. Unusual official four page folding souvenir programme/ scorecard for a 'Charity Cricket Match', The League of Coloured Peoples v a side selected by Mr. E. Lillie of Lloyd's, played at King's College Hospital Cricket Ground, 11th September 1935. Signed to rear cover by thirteen players, the majority in coloured pencil, including some notable names who participated. Signatures include Alan Fairfax (Australia), Roy Sheffield (Essex), Eric Stroud (Surrey, 7 matches), Charles Toppin (Worcestershire, 4 matches) etc. Other names listed on the scorecard include Constantine, St. Hill and Achong of West Indies, and R.W.V. Robins. Some age toning, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £70
Lot 104:
Lot 104
M.C.C. tour of India & Ceylon 1933/34. Official single sided card menu for a Dinner held for the Marylebone Cricket Club Touring Team in India on the 30th November 1933 in Rajkot. The menu with title and raised floral decoration to top with menu printed below, to corner 'Rajkot 30-11-1933'. Signed to borders in black ink by fifteen members of the M.C.C. touring party. Signatures are D.R. Jardine (Captain), Valentine, Levett, Mitchell, Nicholls, Townsend, Langridge, Barnett, Marriott, Human, Elliott, Gregory, Clark, Verity and Bakewell. Lacking the signature of Walters from the full touring party. Minor loss to left hand border of menu card, crease to lower left corner otherwise in good condition. A rare menu and rare in this signed form. G
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £180
M.C.C. played Western India in a tour match at Rajkot which began on the 29th November and finished on the 1st December. M.C.C. won the match by four wickets. Townsend took ten wickets in the match and Barnett top scored with 84 in the first innings
Lot 105:
Lot 105
Test players signatures. Thirty nine very nicely signed and presented postcard size white cards, each signed in ink to the card. Signatures include Lehmann, Law, Langer, Hayden, Boon, Kallis, Insole, Graveney, Evans, Dexter, Doggart, Cowdrey, Close, Botham, Statham, etc. Odd non Test player/woman included. VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £30
Lot 106:
Lot 106
Cricket autographs 1980s-2000s. Blue album comprising one hundred and twenty modern signatures of mainly county cricketers. The majority are signed to white cards, also County Print Services trade cards and Classic Cricket Cards. Signatures include Doug Padgett, Eddie Leadbeater, Geoff Cope, Chris Balderstone, Nick Cook, Peter Willey, Derek Pringle, Luke Wright, Chris Schofield, Sajid Mahmood, Stuart Broad, James Whitaker, Martyn Moxon, Martin Saggers, Richard Snell, Barry Wood, Neil Mallender etc. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £25
Lot 107:
Lot 107 Lot 107
Worcestershire C.C.C. signatures 1900s onwards. Blue album comprising one hundred and seventeen signatures of Worcestershire players signed to white cards, some on pieces laid down, album pages and one cigarette card. Earlier signatures include Harry Foster, Geoffrey Foster (signed to a Wills's cigarette card of Foster), Cyril Walters, Bob Wyatt, Laddie Outschoorn, George Chesterton, Roly Jenkins, Bob Berry, John Aldridge, George Dews, Henry Horton, Fred Rumsey, Don Kenyon, Martin Horton, Tom Graveney, Ron Headley, Basil D'Oliveira, Roy Booth, Norman Gifford, Len Coldwell, Jack Flavell etc. Heavy duplication. Includes two album pages of Worcestershire teams for 1947 and 1948. Sold with a small album of seventeen mainly modern postcards and white cards signed by Worcestershire players. Earlier signatures include Frank Chester (Test umpire), Syd Buller, Don Kenyon, Martin Horton, Tom Graveney etc. Qty 2 G/VG
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £75
Lot 108:
Lot 108
Worcestershire C.C.C. 1980s-2010s. A selection of signed official scorecards, a small album of player postcards, benefit brochure, and an official autograph sheet for the 1984 Worcestershire team etc. Ten signed scorecards including Graeme Hick, 405no v Somerset at Taunton 1998. Other signatures include Dennis Lillee (Northamptonshire 1988) etc. Sixteen signed player postcards include Ian Botham, Graham Dilley, Graeme Hick, Allan Donald, Glen McGrath, Chaminda Vaas, Moeen Ali etc. An official programme for the National Westminster Bank Trophy final, Middlesex v Worcestershire, Lord's, 3rd September 1988, signed to the pen pictures by all fifteen featured Middlesex players and the fifteen Worcestershire players. Also an official benefit brochure for Glenn Turner 1978, signed to the front cover by Turner. Sold with three plain sheets individually signed by Phil Hughes, Brett Lee and Shane Watson of Australia. VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £25
Lot 109:
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Cricket signatures early 1960s. Blue autograph album, the majority of pages grouped by county, with other individual signatures and a small page laid down with twelve signatures of the 1964 Australian touring party to England. 1964 Australians include Hawke, Simpson, Connelly, Veivers, Burge, Sellers, Grout, McKenzie etc. County pages comprise Essex (11), Glamorgan (13), Gloucestershire (14), Lancashire (12), Middlesex (12), Somerset (12), Hampshire (12), Yorkshire (12), Surrey (14), Kent (11), Northamptonshire (11), Leicestershire (13), Nottinghamshire (12), Derbyshire (12), Sussex (14), Warwickshire (12) and Worcestershire (14). Individual signatures include Richie Benaud, Peter Lever etc. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £90
Lot 110:
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'Autographs. Vol 1'. Collected by Francis G. Smith. An excellent collection of over 2,200 original signatures in ink covering First-class county cricketers, Test cricketers, umpires and broadcasters for the period c1950s onwards. Each page with printed team name to head, the signatures neatly presented below with each player's name annotated in pencil. Bound for the compiler in red cloth with gilt title to spine. County signatures include Derbyshire (Qty 90), Durham (54), Essex (54), Glamorgan (72), Gloucestershire (90), Hampshire (90), Kent (72), Lancashire (144), Leicestershire (108), Middlesex (72), Northamptonshire (108), Nottinghamshire (90), Somerset (108), Surrey (36), Sussex (54), Warwickshire (90), Worcestershire (90), Yorkshire (126). Test signatures include Australia (36), England (162), India (18), Pakistan (18), South Africa (18), West Indies (18). Also includes signatures of Australian state team players for New South Wales (18), Queensland (18), South Australia (18), Tasmania (18), Victoria (18) and Western Australia (18). New Zealand first-class cricketers for Auckland (18) and Northern Districts (18), South Africa including Border (18), Eastern Province (18), Natal (18), Northern Transvaal, Northerns (18), Orange Free State (18), Transvaal/ Gauteng (18) and Western Province (18). West Indies including Barbados (18) and Jamaica (18). Also Oxford University (18), Umpires (54) and Commentators/ media (36). VG
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: £550
Lot 111:
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Signed bookplates and ephemera 1960s-2000s. Blue folder comprising a selection of ephemera including book title pages, book plate pages etc. signed by forty five international and county players. Signatures include Ian Botham (Qty 3), Moeen Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Len Hutton, Bob Barber, Derek Randall, Mike Brearley, Denis Amiss, Bob Woolmer, Bob Taylor, David Bairstow, Steve Waugh, Hanif Mohammad, Barry Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Viv Richards, Garry Sobers, Ian and Greg Chappell, Doug Walters, Bob Massie etc. VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £42
Lot 112:
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Worcestershire C.C.C. 1990-2018. Nine official home scorecards for Worcestershire matches, each signed by players for and against Worcestershire. Signatures include Graeme Hick (104 v Sussex 1998), Viv Richards (for Glamorgan, at Worcester, Benson and Hedges Cup 1990), Joe Clarke (194 for Worcestershire v Derbyshire 2016), Alastair Cook (142 for Essex 2016), Paul Collingwood, Mark Wood and Keeton Jennings (for Durham 2017), Gary Ballance (194 for Yorkshire at Worcester 2018) etc. Also includes signatures on sheets, copy photographs of Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Nathan Lyon etc. Sold with 'Benson & Hedges Cricket Year Seventh Edition' 1987/88 signed to the front and rear endpapers by members of the Worcestershire team 1988-1991 (19 signatures), Derbyshire 1989 (13), Surrey 1989 (12), and Lancashire 1989 (12). Signatures include Phil Neale, Graeme Hick, Damian D'Oliveira, Tim Curtis, David Leatherdale, Martin Weston (Worcestershire), Peter Bowler, Michael Holding, John Morris (Derbyshire), Grahame Clinton, Alec Stewart, Graham Thorpe, Ian Greig, Keith Medlycott (Surrey), Trevor Jesty, Gehan Mendis, Mike Atherton, Jack Simmons (Lancashire) etc. Fifty six signatures in total. Qty 2. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £20
Lot 113:
Lot 113
England Test players. Four excellent ink signatures of Donald Knight, Surrey, Vallance Jupp, Sussex & Northamptonshire, Stan Nicholls, Essex, and Maurice Turnbull, Glamorgan, each on piece laid down to slightly larger white card. Sold with sepia copy photographs of each player. Very good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 114:
Lot 114
Derbyshire C.C.C. 1978-2002. A selection of ephemera relating to Derbyshire including seven official autograph sheets for seasons 1978, 1979, 1981, 1993, 1999, 2001 and 2002. Official scorecards for Middlesex v Derbyshire, Lord's, June 1948, NatWest Bank Trophy Final, Derbyshire v Northamptonshire, Lord's 1981, and the Benson & Hedges Cup Final, Derbyshire v Hampshire, Lord's 1988 etc. Three signed commemorative covers including two for Derbyshire v Vic Lewis XI, Chatsworth House, 12th August 1979, one signed by eleven Derbyshire players including Hendrick, Miller, Kirsten etc. Two signed colour photographs of Kim Barnett, and one of Dominic Cork etc. Good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £70
Lot 115:
Lot 115
Learie Constantine. West Indies. A small selection of ephemera relating to Constantine including two official scorecards for matches played at Lord's. Matches are Minor Counties v West Indies, 14th-15th June 1939, and England v Dominions, 25th-28th August 1945. An official mono real photograph postcard of the 1928 West Indies touring party to England, published by Bookstalls, Lord's & Oval. Two newspaper cuttings of articles written by Constantine, one with Constantine's signature in ink laid down to lower right corner. Sold with a selection of West Indies ephemera including signed press photograph cuttings of Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge. An official programme for The West Indies Tourist Team v Sir Learie Constantine's XI, The Oval, 14th September 1963. Signed colour photographs of Clive Lloyd, Michael Holding, Jimmy Adams, Brian Lara, Junior Murray, Ian Bishop (2) etc. Unofficial autograph sheets for West Indies 1991, West Indies 'A' 2002 etc. Fifteen official scorecards for Test and tour matches 1933-2000 including West Indies v Club Cricket Conference, Catford, 3rd-4th May 1933, England v West Indies Test matches at Trent Bridge, Lord's and The Oval 1950 etc. Good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £65
Lot 116:
Lot 116 Lot 116
County autographs 1910s-1930s. A selection of seventeen signatures in ink or pencil on individual pieces. Signatures are A.H. Holmes, A. Charlwood, W.J. Malden (Sussex), F. Dennis, A. Wood, W.E. Bowes (Yorkshire), S.G. Hearn, A.C. Wright (Kent), T.F. Shepherd (Surrey), G.R. Jackson (Derbyshire), R.E.S. Wyatt (Warwickshire), J.W. Hearne (Middlesex), J.A. Newman (Hampshire), F. Chester (Worcestershire), J.R. Barnes (Lancashire), B. Lilley (Nottinghamshire), and W.A. Buswell (Northamptonshire). Good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £30
Lot 117:
Lot 117
Warwickshire C.C.C. 1972-1992. A selection of autograph sheets, scorecards, programmes, booklets etc relating to Warwickshire. Four official autograph sheets for seasons 1980, 1989, 1991 and 1992. All complete except lacking Kallicharran for the 1980 sheet. Official scorecard for Warwickshire v Middlesex, Edgbaston, 17th-20th June 1972, signed by Kallicharran and Price (Middlesex). Official programme for Alvin Kallicharran's benefit match, Wallasey v Warwickshire played at Wallasey, 4th September 1983 etc. Good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £38
Lot 118:
Lot 118
Warwickshire C.C.C. A selection of photographs, scorecards, cuttings etc relating to Warwickshire, some signed. Photographs include a mono press photograph of M.J.K. Smith and C.C.P. Willams (Essex) standing together in cricket attire when playing for Oxford University in 1955. Signed to the photograph in ink by Smith. 10"x8". Five colour photographs of Warwickshire players in the 1990s, of Gladstone Small, Nick Knight, Dermot Reeve, and two of Brian Lara, each photograph signed by the featured player. An official scorecard for Warwickshire v East African XI, Edgbaston, 15th-18th July 1972 signed by four Warwickshire players, Whitehouse, Jameson, Flick and Kallicharran and two East Africans etc. Odd faults, generally good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £20
Lot 119:
Lot 119
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. Original handbill/ poster advertising 'A Grand Charity Cricket Match', Ellens v Mr. P.G.H. Fender's XI, at Ellens, Rudgwick (near Horsham, Sussex) on 18th June 1939. Some notable names are listed below including Fender, Walter Hammond, Percy Chapman, Bev Lyon, Ian Peebles, Maurice Allom, Maurice Tate, Gubby Allen, Lord Tennyson, Jim Parks, Bryan Valentine etc and umpires Herbert Strudwick and Andrew Ducat. Printed by R.Lucas, Cranleigh. Originally from Fender's personal collection. 12.5"x6.25". Very good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £110
Lot 120:
Lot 120
England Test players 1920s-1990s. Over eighty signatures on white cards of England Test cricketers, either signed to the card or on piece laid down. Earlier signatures include Compton, Higgs, Price, Lowson, Tennyson, Brown, Stephens, Townsend, Watkins, Walters, Read, May, Bedser, Tattersall, Mann,Yardley etc. Odd duplication. Good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £45
Lot 121:
Lot 121
Australian Test players 1950s-2010s. Twenty three signatures on white cards of Australian Test cricketers, a few on labels laid down. Signatures include Archer, Johnson, Kline, Hookes, Bright, McKenzie, McDonald, I. Chappell, G. Chappell, Taber, Malone, Hughes etc. Good condition
Estimate: £20/30
Hammer price: £22
Lot 122:
Lot 122
International Test players 1950s-2010s. A collection of signatures on cards of England Test cricketers, either signed to the card or on label/ piece laid down. Signatures for India (Qty 15), Pakistan (12), South Africa (13), West Indies (8), Sri Lanka (5), and New Zealand (4). Earlier signatures include Borde (India), Alimuddin, Shafqat Rana (Pakistan), van Ryneveld, Waite, Endean (South Africa), Ramadhin, Kanhai (West Indies) etc. Odd duplication. Good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £22
Lot 123:
Lot 123 Lot 123
Denis Compton, Jack Young and Norman Yardley. Official invitation letter and application form to attend a reunion of the '277th H.A.A. Battery R.A.' at The Milton Hotel, Nottingham, 18th June 1948. Signed to the verso in pencil by six attendees including Compton, Young and Yardley. Sold with an original mono press photograph of Compton in batting action for England v West Indies at The Oval in 1950. 8.5"x6.5" and an original mono press photograph of Hutton batting and gliding a ball from Warr through the slips for two runs. The Middlesex players shown are Compton, Robertson and Young. Originally from Len Hutton's personal collection. 10"x8". A nice image. Qty 3. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £15
Lot 124:
Lot 124
George Duckworth. Lancashire & England 1923-1938. Official M.C.C. Christmas card from the M.C.C. tour of Australia 1928/29. With cover image of St George & the Dragon to centre and trimming to edge in M.C.C. colours. To inside a printed picture of the team with Percy Chapman, Captain and the wording- 'Xmas 1928. Hearty Greetings for Xmas and the New Year from 'A Happy Family‚€š' in Australia'. Nicely inscribed in ink to front cover 'To Arthur, from Duckie'. VG
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £38
Lot 125:
Lot 125
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: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 126:
Lot 126 Lot 126 Lot 126
Cricket cuttings albums 1900s-1960s. Seven newspaper cutting albums comprising a large collection of volumes of magazine articles, newspaper cuttings, photographs, scorecards, cigarette cards etc. Each volume is numbered, some early albums with the owner's name 'Ida M. Rand' handwritten in ink to inside, and all with 'Cricket Society' labels to inside front covers. Volume I of the collection comprises extracts of magazine and newspaper articles covering 1911/12. Subjects covered include cricketers including K.L. Gibson (Essex), preparations for the 1911/12 tour to Australia and the tour itself, with articles by Home Gordon, P.R. Le Couteur (Oxford University & Victoria), C.B. Fry, Gilbert Jessop etc. Volume II, dated 1908, covers the 1907/08 tour to Australia, the return tour of 1909, and the 1909/10 tour to South Africa, with articles by Gilbert Jessop, E.H.D. Sewell, G.J.V. Weigall, R.S. Holmes, P.F. Warner, Wilfred Rhodes, A.A. Lilley etc. Volume IV covers the Triangular Test series of 1912, the 1913/14 M.C.C. tour to South Africa, also the 1934 Ashes series, the 1934/35 tour to West Indies, and the 1935 visit of the South Africans. Included are a number of photograph plates from 'The Captain' magazine. Also a mono press photograph of the South Africa wicketkeeper, Jock Cameron, with press obituaries on his death in 1935 aged only 30. Volume V covers the 1908 season and includes two small advertising leaflets produced by Wright & Co, London, one featuring Tom Hayward, the other E.G. Hayes. Articles include an obituary for Albert Craig, the cricket rhymester, and a seven page handwritten transcription of an article 'How to Win Matches' by Morice C. Bird (Surrey & England), apparently written in the hand of the album's owner, Ida Rand. Also includes articles on Hobbs' retirement in 1934. Volume VI is dedicated to articles relating to the 'D'Oliveira affair' and the cancellation of the 1968/69 tour to South Africa. Volume VII has good content relating to the state of the game c1913-1915, including an article on 'The Morals of County Cricket' by C.B. Fry. Also coverage of the deaths of W.G. Grace, A.O. Jones etc, and articles and obitiuaries from the 1930s. Volume VIII covers the period 1930s-1960s. Subjects include unrest in the Indian touring party to England in 1936, England in Australia 1936/37, county cricket in 1938, cricket during World War II, the 1946/47 tour to Australia, Coronation Ashes series of 1953, two original mono press photographs, official complete printed scorecard for England's record win against Australia at The Oval, 1938. Also eight loosely inserted wartime scorecards for matches played at Lord's in 1940 including British Empires XI v London Counties XI, Eleven of Lord's v Eleven of Middlesex, London Air Force v London Fire Service, Sir Pelham Warner's XI v Club Cricket Conference, West Indies v Sir Pelham Warner's XI etc, all in very good condition. A Christmas card with two mono candid style photographs of the 1953 Oval Test, official menus for a dinner given by The Cricket Society and the Association of Cricket Umpires 'In honour of the Canadian Touring Team' 1954, signed in ink by six members of the Canadian touring party and Douglas Jardine in pencil. Also a menu for a dinner held at Lord's Tavern in June 1959 for George Hirst and Wilfred Rhodes on the publication of a book by A.A. Thomson 1959, signed in ink by eight attendees including Rhodes, Barnes, Sutcliffe, Thomson etc. Good condition
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £280
Volume III of the collection which relates to Denis Compton is being sold as lot 1491 in the football section of this catalogue. The Cricket Society informs the auctioneer that these albums were passed to the Society by G.D. Martineau. There is no evidence to that effect but it is assumed he acquired them during his life.

Gerald Durani Martineau was a prolific cricket writer. The identity of Ida Rand is not known

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