Cricket Ephemera

Lot 1:
Lot 1 Lot 1
'The Country Journal or the Craftsman. By Caleb D'Anvers, of Gray's-Inn, Esq.'. Original 4pp tabloid size newspaper dated Saturday, 28th August 1731. Page two includes a twenty line report. 'The Great Cricket Match, between the Duke of Richmond and Mr. Chambers, 11 Men on each Side, for 200 Guineas, was begun to be play'd on Monday at two in the Afternoon, on Richmond Green. The Duke's Hands come in first, and got 79 before they were out; and Mr. Chamber's got 119: Then the Duke's came in again for the last Time, and got 72 more, and Mr. Chamber's coming in, wanted about 8 or 10 Notches, when the Hour agreed on being come, they were obliged to leave off, tho' besides the Hands then playing, they had 4 or 5 more to have come in. Thus it proved a drawn Battle. There were many Thousands of Spectators, of whom a great Number were Persons of Distinction of both Sexes. The same Night his Grace the Duke of Richmond and his Cricket-Players, were greatly insulted by the Mob at Richmond, some of the Men having their Shirts tore off their Backs; and it is said a Law-Suit will commence about the Play'. Previously sold as lot 231 by Christie's, 20th August 1997. Duty stamp to lower right corner of third page. Small holes to fold, otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £360
Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond, was the son of Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond, the youngest of seven illegitimate sons of Charles II. The second Duke was a significant patron of early cricket. The 1731 match was one of the most controversial matches played. The cricket historian, G.B. Buckley, records that Richmond may have conceded the match to avoid litigation
Lot 2:
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'The Morning Post and Daily Advertiser'. Friday 22nd June 1787. Original 4pp broadsheet newspaper comprising a report of a 'Grand Cricket Match' and a cricket advertisement, both on page three. The match played at the 'New Cricket Ground, Mary-le-Bone... for One Thousand Guineas' was between White Conduit Club and All-England, 20th-22nd June 1787. The article reports on the first day's play in which All-England batting first scored 247 (Aylward 93), and in reply, White Conduit Club were 24-1 at the close of play. 'Utmost of 2000 persons were within the ground, who conducted themselves with the utmost decorum'. On the same page is an advertisement for 'Pawley's Cricket Bat' announcing the engagement by 'Pryor, Cabinet Maker, No. 472, Strand... of Mr. Pawley for [the supply of] all the Bats he makes'. Duty stamp to lower right corner of first page. VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £110
England ultimately won the match by 265 runs. William 'Silver Billy' Beldam made his debut in first-class matches and scored 63 for All-England in the second innings. Beldam was regarded as one of the best batsmen of his time
Lot 3:
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'The Morning Post and Daily Advertiser'. Friday 14th September 1787. Original 4pp broadsheet newspaper comprising report of two matches on page three. The first is a 'Cricket Match', Hambledon v All England [Kent], played at Windmill Down, Hambledon, 3rd-5th September 1878. All England (109 and 123) beat Hambledon (37 and 130) by 65 runs, Aylward top scoring in both innings with 31 and 65. The second 'Grand Cricket-Match', played at St. Mary-le-Bone (Lord's), was between Sir Horace Mann's XI and Lord Winchilsea's XI, 10th-12th September 1787. The match is recorded on Cricket Archive' as 'A-M v N-Z'. Reporting after the second day's play of 'the last match for this season', the article notes that T. Walker won the lottery for making the top score, 'he got 44 notches' and 'Lumpy [Edward Stevens], old as he is, was never greater than in his bowling on Wednesday', but describes the match as 'a hollow piece of business, when we consider that the players on both sides were allowed to be twenty-two of the best players in England'. Mann's XI won by 94 runs. Previously sold as lot 163 in the Christie's sale of 21st June 1996. Duty stamp to lower right corner of first page. Some splitting to fold, otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £100
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Lancashire cricket. E.L. Fletcher ('ELF'). 'Cricket Controversies'. A collection of newspaper cuttings from 1901-1910 laid down to sixteen pages, contained in a modern blue case. Earlier notable subjects covered, and listed by hand on the first page, include the omission of Walter Brearley from the England team in 1904, the Australian captaincy in 1903, A.C. MacLaren and Lancashire cricket 1901-1902, scoring in the County Championship 1906-1910 etc. Authors of articles include Frank Sugg, 'Lancastrian', 'ELF', Neville Cardus (writing as 'Cricketer') etc. Some wear and ageing, overall in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £55
Lot 5:
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John Masefield. Poet Laureate 1930-1967. 'Eighty Five To Win'. John Arlott's original typescript of Masefield's poem on the Oval Test of 1882, when England's last five wickets fell for eleven runs, watched by 20,000 spectators, 'The crowd sat stunned an instant at the blow,/ Then cheered (and none had heard men cheering so),/ Cheered the great cricket that had won the game'. Arlott gave a reading of the poem, transmitted on the B.B.C. Home Service on Sunday 16th August 1961. The script, with some annotations in Arlott's hand, is bound in Arlott's typical green cloth, with a handwritten note from Masefield to Arlott pasted down to the front endpaper, 'Talking of the match in after years, the great bowler, Peate, is said to have said...... But all my poem is hearsay, gathered so long after the event'. Signed 'John Masefield. For John Arlott'. Bookplate of A.E. Winder to inside front cover. Loosely slipped in is a full page cutting from The Times of 26th August 1956 with the full text of the poem and the players listed. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £220
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The Cricketana Society. Eight page printed booklet dated 1929 comprising an introduction by G. Neville Weston titled a 'List of Suggestions for Working of Society' including a 'Want, Sale and Exchange List', and the proposed compilation by the Society of a bibliography of cricket. Also includes minutes of the first meeting held on 21st October 1929, chaired by Plum Warner who was elected as the first President, and Weston as Secretary and Treasurer, followed by a list of members including notable names such as C.I.S. Wallace, J.F. Waghorn, T.A. Hunter, M.W. Luckin etc., and an article on sources relating to cricket book collecting. The booklet is tipped in to modern green cloth with a 'Portfolio Specimen Sheet'. Not listed in Padwick. Slipped in loosely are four letters relating to the Society, one dated 1932 from C. Stamford[?] to C.J. Britton, who was the inspiration behind the creation of the Society and an original member of the committee, Anthony Weigall etc. Some foxing, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £200
Lot 7:
Lot 7
The Society of Cricket Statisticians. A selection of over thirty typed and handwritten documents relating to the foundation of the Society in 1945 to 1948 when it continued as The Cricket Society. Contained in a red leather slipcase. Originally the property of G. Neville Weston, whose receipts for membership are enclosed and signed by the Society's founder, A. Weigall. Other contents include membership forms, lists of members including S. Canynge Caple, J.D. Coldham, G.A. Coppinger, R. Webber, R. Yeomans etc., proposals for publications and year books, minutes of meetings, draft rules etc. Included is an interesting selection of documents relating to legal action taken by a printer against members of the committee relating to the printing of a Society publication in 1948, leading to the resignation of some members including Weston. Bookplate of A.E. Winder to inside front cover who purchased the item from E.K. Brown in 1981. G
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £440
Lot 8:
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George Neville Weston. W.G. Grace biographer. Three scrapbooks comprising cuttings, scorecards, original letters, typed transcriptions, statistics etc. compiled by Weston. One scrapbook relates to research carried out by Weston on matches played by W.G. Grace for Bedminster in 1880. The others comprise image cuttings and articles, one taken from issues of 'The Bystander' magazine dating 1904 to 1906, with cricket content covering Lord Hawke, George Hirst, C.B. Fry, David Denton, the 1905 Australians, Lord Dalmeny etc., the other containing similar cuttings from 'The Sphere' magazine of 1963 celebrating the centenary of the first publication of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £60
Weston is renowned as being probably the greatest historian on the history of W.G. Grace, in particular his attention to the detail of minor matches in which Grace played throughout his career. In the forward to Weston's book 'W.G. Grace The Great Cricketer' published in 1973, Irving Rosenwater quotes A.A. Thompson saying Weston 'knows more about W.G. than any man alive', to which Rosenwater adds, 'or dead'
Lot 9:
Lot 9
John Thomas Brown. Yorkshire & England 1889-1904. Large original poster announcing a cricket match to be played in honour of Brown, at his home town of Driffield, on 17th May 1895, at which 'a Solid Silver Tea and Coffee Service will be presented to Brown on behalf of his friends and fellow cricketers in Driffield and the East Riding. The Earl of Londesborough has kindly promised to make the presentation'. The poster, printed by the Express Company, Driffield, measuring 21"x34", is laid to card in a very distressed and fragile condition with significant loss
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £40
Brown had recently returned with Stoddart's team from Australia where they had secured a famous Test series victory 3-2. England had won the first two Tests, but Australia replied by winning the next two. In the deciding match at Melbourne, Brown's innings of 140 in the second innings secured England's victory and the Ashes
Lot 10:
Lot 10
Cotton table cloth with intricate lacework borders and inset panels and over two hundred embroidered signatures of county teams and the Australian touring parties of 1912 and 1938. The county signatures appear to date early 1910s. It is assumed the cloth has been signed and the signatures embroidered in coloured threads. Teams featured include Surrey c.1912 to the centre diamond panel (27 signatures), Australia 1912 (16) and 1938 (16), Essex (11), Gloucestershire (11), Worcestershire (12), Warwickshire (15), Northamptonshire (12), Sussex (12), Derbyshire (11), Hampshire (11), Nottinghamshire (13), Middlesex (11), Staffordshire (11), Norfolk (11) etc. Over two hundred embroidered signatures in total. 32" square. Good/ very good condition. Unusual
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
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Lot 11
Alfred Percy Freeman. Kent & England 1914-1936. Original menu for 'A Social Meeting of Freemasons gathered in harmony on board S.S. "Otranto" in the Indian Ocean', Saturday 13th October 1928. The four page menu with decorative cover and pale blue cord tie. VG. Sold with six original mono press photographs of Freeman, three in match action, the others with an unknown dignitary. The photographs tightly rolled and in only fair condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £60
The 'S.S. Otranto' was the ship which carried the M.C.C. touring team on their tour of Australia 1928/29, including Freeman
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Lot 12
'England's Champion Batsman. J.B. Hobbs. Surrey & England XI' 1922. Large linen handkerchief with printed headings and five images of Hobbs in various batting poses plus total runs and average in first class cricket up to 1922. Listed to outer border are details of centuries scored by Hobbs. 17"x17". Laid down to mount and framed and glazed. Overall 21"x21.5". Some browning to the border of the handkerchief, not affecting the test or images, where it has been laid down to the mount otherwise in good condition. Previously sold by Phillips Auctioneers April 1994 as lot 276. From the Mike Smith Cricket Collection
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £45
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Lot 13
'Players Please'. Cricket Fixtures 1929-1939. Fixture booklets with colourful attractive wrappers issued by John Player & Son for seasons 1929, 1930, 1931, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938 and 1939. Qty 8. G
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £95
Lot 14:
Lot 14
Advertising fixture booklets 1946-1956. Four advertising fixture booklets with colour decorative wrappers by Gillette for the India tour to England 1946, Pegasus & Mobiloil for M.C.C. to South Africa 1948/49, Remington for the Australians to England 1956, and Shell South Africa for the M.C.C. tour to South Africa 1956/57. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £55
Lot 15:
Lot 15
The Oval. Early match tickets 1907 and 1908. Three official Surrey C.C.C. tickets for matches played at The Oval. Matches are Champion County (Nottinghamshire) v Rest of England for the second day's play, 13th September 1907, and two for Surrey v Lancashire, third day's play, 18th July 1908. The tickets laid down to page below a bookplate image of Warner and Hayward walking out to bat for England, and an amusing contemporary press cutting involving an incident in a match in Australia in which a fielder was pursued by a large snake. The tickets trimmed to varying degrees, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £38
The 1907 Champion County match was drawn, the 1908 County Championship match was abandoned without a ball being bowled
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Australia tour to England 1938. Large colour card advertising display for Emu port. The display in three parts, the central portion with title, 'You are on a good wicket with Emu 333 Rich Ruby, Emu 444 Rich White, Emu 999 Rich Tawny' and three bottle shaped cut-outs, and printed installation instructions to verso. The two detached side wings feature cameo images of the sixteen members of the Australian touring party including Bradman, Brown, Fingleton, Hassett, Chippefield, O'Reilly, McCabe, Barnes etc. Overall approx. 32"x23". Some wear and tear, overall in generally good condition. Sold with a colour promotional flyer for J. Trehern & Co., London, 'Lithographers to the trade since 1892', titled '1403 for Threeherns'. Another Test is here!' with cricket balls and wicket to the front, and references to Don Bradman in the text to verso. The flyer in two pieces, one appears to have been trimmed to the lower edge, otherwise in good condition. Qty 2
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £40
Founded in 1862 in London, the Australian Wine Company, later the Emu Wine Company imported a range of wines from vineyards outside Adelaide, the name becoming synonymous with port and sherry.
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'The Annual Scarborough Cricket Festival'. Four official large hanging cricket fixture cards for the 1959, 1966, 1967 and 1968 seasons. Each with cord hanging loop to top edge. 9"x11.5". Matches advertised include Gentlemen v Players 1959, T.N. Pearce's XI v India 1959, T.N. Pearce's XI v West Indies 1966, T.N. Pearce's XI v Pakistan 1967, England XI v Rest of the World XI 1968 etc. Some soiling to the 1959 card otherwise in good/very good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £25
Lot 18:
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Cricket posters. Official posters for 'The International Cavaliers v Trent Bridge Taverners' sponsored by Rothmans of Pall Mall, played at Newark, 10th August 1969. Players names listed who took part in the match include Wes Hall, Seymour Nurse, Bobby Simpson, Fred Trueman, Ted Dexter and Graeme Pollock. Staple holes to top and bottom edges, small tear to top edge, folds, otherwise in good condition. Also Derrick Robins' XI v Pakistan, The Saffrons Ground, Eastbourne, 31st July- 2nd August 1974. Printed by Sumfield & Day of Eastbourne. 15"x20". Folds and small loss to lower edge otherwise in good condition. Plus two scorecards for the Saffrons match. Qty 4
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £80
Lot 19:
Lot 19
M.C.C. tour of South Africa 1938/39. Official M.C.C. Christmas card with map to front and photograph of the team to inside. G
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £25
Lot 20:
Lot 20
Attractive Victorian Christmas card featuring a cutout figure of a batsman in colour to the front, and printed cricket verse with cricket illustrations to inside, deckled edges. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £110
Lot 21:
Lot 21
'England's Test Team. Season 1946-47'. M.C.C. tour of Australia 1946/47. Original single page colour calendar for 1947 featuring title to centre with calendar months and to outer borders cameo pictures of all seventeen members of the touring party. Slightly trimmed to top edge, otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £20
Lot 22:
Lot 22
Warwickshire County Cricket Champions 1951. Large official menu for the 'Dinner in honour of the President of the Warwickshire County Cricket Club and the Captain and members of the County Eleven, Winners of the County Championship 1951' held at The Grand Hotel, Birmingham on 23rd October 1951. Menu cover with title, details and club emblem, tied with ribbon in club colours. Menu, toasts, results, averages, table plan etc to inside pages. Odd marks to covers otherwise in good condition. Reg Simpson was a guest at the Dinner. Ex R.T. Simpson collection
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £25
Lot 23:
Lot 23
Australia tour to England 1934. Original scrapbook comprising a good selection of press cuttings laid down to pages relating to the 1934 tour. Sold with a brown folder of loose press cuttings relating to the 1970/71 M.C.C. tour to Australia and New Zealand, and a further selection of loose cuttings from the same tour. G
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £40
Lot 24:
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Denis Charles Scott Compton. Middlesex & England 1936-1958. Two scrapbooks comprising press cuttings relating to tours on which Compton played. The albums are numbered '2', covering the 1948/49 tour to South Africa, the other numbered '3' to Australia 1950/51. Subjects covered include Compton's batting achievements on the tours, playing for Arsenal, being awarded 'Sportsman of the Year' in 1948, his knee operation etc.
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £30
Lot 25:
Lot 25
West Indies tour to England 1957. Original 8pp guest list and table plan for the luncheon given by the British Sportsman's Club for the West Indies Cricket Team, held at the Savoy Hotel, London 16th April 1957. Light vertical fold, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £32
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M.C.C. tour to India 1963/64. Official menu for the 'Dinner Dance to meet M.C.C. & Indian Cricket Teams' held on 23rd January 1964 in Bombay. The folding menu with photograph image of the Anthony de Mello Trophy, awarded to the winning team in the Test series since 1951. G
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £20
Lot 27:
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An eclectic selection of ephemera comprising photographs, certificate, autograph sheet, prints etc. Photographs include a large original sepia photograph of Sir Julien Cahn's team to Canada 1933 by Rice Studio, Montreal. Significant surface damage. Overall 22"x14". Photographs include two original mono press photographs, one of Compton diving to attempt a catch to dismiss Endean of South Africa in 1955, off the bowling of Statham, signed by Statham, the other of Bill Smith of Surrey bowled by Herman of Middlesex in 1970, an official photograph for the 1975 Cricket World Cup of all players from the participating countries, taken at Buckingham Palace, also a mono restrike photograph of Don Bradman in batting pose. Each 10"x8", a mono copy photograph of Len Hutton and Arthur Mitchell of Yorkshire walking out to bat, signed by Hutton, an original team photograph of the Tonbridge School First XI 1972 including Chris Cowdrey. Prints include an interesting print of designs for the £10 banknote first issued in 1992 depicting Charles Dickens, scenes of the cricket match between Dingley Dell and All Muggleton as depicted in 'The Pickwick Papers' etc. Limited edition no. 179/500 , signed by the banknote designer and Chief Cashier of the Bank of England. Also mounted Vanity Fair prints of 'Hampshire', 'A Bit Hitter', 'W.W.'and a Chevallier Tayler print of Spooner, a signed print of Jimmy Cook (Somerset & South Africa), limited edition no. 187/313, and further signed prints of Bruce French, Dickie Bird, Martyn Moxon etc. Other items include a hanging Shell advertising card for the 1951 South Africa tour to England, an unusual ornate hand printed certificate dated 31st August 1898 describing the presentation of a 'Bicycle and Purse of Money' by 'Trench Cricketers and Friends' to a Mr J.T. Wood, mounted, overall 13"x15.5" (mount damaged), a fully signed official autograph sheet of the South Africa World Cup 1992 touring party, set in a surround of colour images of fourteen players etc. G
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £130
Lot 28:
Cricket ephemera. Good selection of ephemera including prints, autographs, photographs, tour brochures, signed books including Boycott, Gower, S. Hughes etc, 'Famous Cricketers and Cricket Grounds', signed miniature bats, trade cards, ceramics, ties etc. In two boxes. G
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £95
Lot 29:
Lot 29
Don Bradman 1908-2001. Five original Australian and three English newspapers featuring extensive coverage of Bradman's funeral and tributes. Publications are The Advertiser, The Sunday Mail, The Herald Sun, The Sunday Morning Herald, The Observer, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. Sold with a printed 'Operational Brief' for the funeral procession containing the protocol to be observed by attendees, the route of the cortege and motor cycle escorts, emergency services, communications, personnel etc. Also four colour candid photographs of Bradman's house and the funeral cortege in progress. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £15
Lot 30:
Cricket and sporting ephemera. Box containing good selection of items, autographs, brochures, modern cricket card games and souvenirs, modern postcards and good run of modern 'Brindley' trade cards, sticker album, first day covers, prints, scorecards etc. Includes a run of Tom Webster's Annual 1921 to 1924, 1926, 1927, 1929 and 1939, the majority only in fair condition, some poor and incomplete, loss of wrappers, some wrappers with tape to wrappers. Plus a selection of football, golf, tennis and other sports including autographs, photographs, postcards etc. In two boxes. G
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £150
Lot 31:
Lot 31
Cricket ephemera 1970s-2000s. Box comprising a good selection of brochures, programmes, scorecards, tickets and other ephemera, some signed. Cricket World Cup Australia 1992 official souvenir magazine and programme, a Gala Dinner menu signed by Gatting, Botham, Lewis, Gower, Gooch, Border and Hughes, official tournament scorecards etc. M.C.C. and Middlesex C.C.C. dinner menus, two with signatures including Gatting, Ramprakash, Johnson, Brearley, Hutton, Cowdrey, Greenidge, Richardson etc. Over fifty official tickets for Test matches, NatWest Finals at Lord's and The Oval. Ephemera relating to overseas tours including match tickets for Test matches in West Indies and New Zealand. Official programmes for Tests, NatWest, Benson & Hedges, Gillette Cup finals etc. G
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £110
Lot 32:
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Cricketers' Orders of Service. Four orders of service for the memorials of Sir Neville Cardus, St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden, 4th April 1975, John Arlott, The Parish Church, Arelsford, 20th January 1992, Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge, Westminster Abbey, 30th March 2001, and 'A Service Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Dr. W.G. Grace', St. George's Parish Church, Beckenham, 17th July 1998. VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £55
Lot 33:
Lot 33
'M.C.C. Bicentenary Match. Lords Cricket Ground. August 20-25th 1987'. Two 75cl bottle of M.C.C. Bicentenary Brut Reserve champagne with decorative M.C.C. label to bottle. Produced by M.C.C. to commemorate the Bicentenary. The champagne shipped and bottled for Greens Ltd of Royal Exchange, London. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £38

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