Arthur Carr. Nottinghamshire & England 1910-1934

Lot 357:
Lot 357
Arthur William Carr. Nottinghamshire & England 1910-1934. 'M.C.C. tour of South Africa 1922/23'. Excellent pair of gold and enamel cufflinks presented to Carr on the tour. The hallmarked oval gold cufflinks, each with M.C.C. emblem in yellow and red and 'South Africa 1922' to one link and to the other, alternate bands of M.C.C. colours of yellow and red. Each pair of cufflinks with Carr's initial and name inscribed to verso 'A.W. Carr'. Each hallmarked Birmingham 1922 with makers mark for 'Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company Ltd'. Sadly one of the cufflinks has broken with the loss of one linkage ring (easily reparable), minor wear to the enamel otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £200/300
M.C.C. won the 'Test series' by two Test to one, with two 'Tests' drawn. Arthur Carr scored a total of 428 runs on the tour with a highest score of 63 v South Africa in the 4th Test at Johannesburg and an average of 19.45. He played in all five Test matches during the tour. This was the only M.C.C. tour made by Carr
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Lot 358
Arthur William Carr. Nottinghamshire & England 1910-1934. Typewritten letter to Carr from A.J. Allcock, Hon. Secretary of the Benefit Sub-Committee, members and one player of the club giving support to Carr as Captain of the club. The letter with typed heading 'Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham' and dated August 1933. The letter states 'Dear Mr Carr, We, the undersigned, members of the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, are of the opinion that we are expressing the view not only of the members of the club, but the cricketing public in general in thanking you most warmly for the splendid loyalty you have shown to the club, the wonderful way in which you have captained the county eleven, with only one rest of three days, during what must have been one of the most trying seasons ever known. We consider that your example on the field has been an inspiration to the side and could not have been equalled by any other county captain. We hope you will remain the county's captain for several years longer, and can assure you of our entire support and warmest gratitude'. The letter is signed by eight members and there are a further four pages of signatures of supporters attached to the letter including the signature of George Gunn. Good condition. From the Arthur Carr Collection
Estimate: £50/80
In 1930 and the following years, Carr was instrumental in developing the Bodyline bowling tactic together with future England captain Douglas Jardine and the two Nottinghamshire fast bowlers Harold Larwood and Bill Voce. Carr used this tactic of instructing his bowlers to aim at the bodies of batsmen and placing a close set field on the leg side to take catches fended away from the body with the bat and perfected it as he led Nottinghamshire to success in the county competition. Jardine then used Larwood and Voce in similar fashion on the 1932/33 English tour of Australia, the tactic resulting in injuries to Australian batsmen and raising the ire of the Australian public. After this tour and the subsequent fallout, Carr was subjected to Bodyline bowling by other English county teams, and was severely shaken by several balls that nearly hit him on the head. He denounced the tactic he had helped develop as unfair. Dissension within the Nottinghamshire club over his role in Bodyline led him being sacked as captain after the 1934 season, and he never played first-class cricket again
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Lot 359
Arthur William Carr. Nottinghamshire & England 1910-1934. Nottinghamshire v West Indies 1928. 'Visit of their Majesties King [George V] and Queen Mary'. Original silk scorecard produced to commemorate the Royal visit to the Trent Bridge Ground on the 7th-10th July 1928. The scorecard printed by C.H. Richards of Nottingham has 'Royal Souvenir Copy' printed above the standard headings. The match was drawn, for Nottinghamshire, A.W. Carr made 100, Staples 84, Whysall 80 and Staples took five wickets in their first innings, for the West Indies, Bartlett made 109, Hoad 73, Nunes 62. This was Arthur Carr's copy and is mounted on card. Very good condition
Estimate: £80/120
The tour fixture was rendered historic by the visit of their Majesties, King George V. and Queen Mary to Trent Bridge Ground on the concluding day of the match, when the players of both teams were presented. This was the first occasion on which the King and Queen have visited a cricket ground outside London.
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Arthur William Carr. Nottinghamshire & England 1910-1934. Nottinghamshire v West Indies 1928. Selection of ephemera, original menu for the Dinner by the Lord Mayor 'to celebrate the winning of the County Cricket Championship by the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club', held at the Council House, Nottingham, 25th October 1929. Four page menu, sadly lacking the rear cover, three printed photographs each with handwritten annotation below 'E.P. Bailey coaches A.E. Carr. W Shuter (Oxted), 'England going into the field at Leeds' [Carr leading out the England team] and 'A.W. Carr and 'Patsy' Hendren and Test match 'mascots'. Plus a handwritten letter to Carr from a spectator, a Horace Timms stating 'I wish to thank you for the enjoyment I derived from your splendid hitting this afternoon and was sorry to see you run out. I must tell you however you owe the buffet people the price of two tumblers which you smashed under my seat when hitting the boundary which made your score 13. Mr Holmes [Percy] who was chasing the I believe heard the smash. Hope you hit as hard against the Australians in the Tests. The letter dated 15/9/1925. Carr made 83 in quick time for the Rest v Champion County, Yorkshire on the 15th September 1925 before being run out by Frank Woolley. Odd faults, good
Estimate: £40/60

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