Allen Hill. Yorkshire & England 1871-1882

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Allen Hill 1845-1910. Yorkshire & England 1871-1882. Selection of three items once the property of Hill. The first is a silver hallmarked vesta case with engraved with Hill's monogram 'A.H.'. Hallmarked 'Sheffield 1900. Maker 'Walker & Hall'. The vesta measures 1.25"x1.75". The second is an Edwardian oval gold coloured 'Fixeesi' double sided photograph locket c1880/90 with small photograph images of Allen Hill, to obverse a small image of Peggy McHugh, a cousin of his son James Allen, who became a notable water colour and oil artist. The locket measures 1.25"x1.5". The third item is a pair of antique Victorian brass, 9ct yellow gold fronted, cufflinks decorated with a daisy image to centre with floral surround. This type of cufflink was called solitaires and later renamed bachelor buttons. They were made by George West from 1872 in England. On the back of the cufflinks, there is a spring action mechanism allowing for the two halves of the cufflink to come away from one another, this action was patented, as indicated by the words 'West's Patent'. All in good condition. Sold with a printed copy of the listing of items from the Grandson of Allen Hill. He was left the Allen Hill items by his father. Allen Hill died on the 28th August 1910 and his son (the granson's father) died on the 28th August 1985
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: £150
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Allen Hill. Yorkshire & England 1871-1882. Surrey v Yorkshire 1871. Silver plated cup or trophy reportedly presented to Allen Hill by an admirer from Yorkshire, living in London following the match played at the Oval, 21st & 22nd August 1871. In the match Allen Hill took six wickets for thirty three runs off 26.3 overs in Surrey's first innings and six wickets for twenty four runs from twenty three overs, giving Hill overall match figures of twelve wickets for fifty seven runs. The goblet/trophy stands 7.5" tall and has oak leaf, floral and cartouche decoration to the cup and the base. There is no inscription on the trophy. Some loss to silver plate otherwise in good condition. Sold with a printed copy of the listing of items from the Grandson of Allen Hill. He was left the Allen Hill items by his father. Allen Hill died on the 28th August 1910 and his son (the grandson's father) died on the 28th August 1985
Estimate: £500/800
Hammer price: unsold
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Lot 285
Allen Hill. Yorkshire & England 1871-1882. All England Eleven v Canterbury 1877. Original silver shield, which was originally attached to a cricket bat, presented to Allen Hill during the All England Eleven match against eighteen of Canterbury in 1877. The shield with engraved inscription 'Presented by B. Simpson. Won by A. Hill. Highest scorer in All England team 1877'. The silver shield with beaded decoration to edges and three small holes where the shield would have been affixed to the cricket bat. Very good condition
Estimate: £400/600
Hammer price: £750
The match was played at Hagley Park, Christchurch on the 26th to 28th February 1877 and Lillywhite's XI won by 23 runs. Allen Hill was top scorer in the match, batting at number ten in the order he made 23 runs in a low scoring match. The next highest scorer was Alfred Shaw with 22. Hill did'nt bowl in the first innings but when he bowled in the second innings he took twelve wickets for seventeen runs bowling 25.3 overs. Ten of the wickets were clean bowled
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Allen Hill. Yorkshire & England 1871-1882. All England Eleven travelling in New Zealand 1877. Original oil painting of the All England Eleven attempting to transverse an engorged river whilst travelling to Christchurch for their tour match with Canterbury in February 1877. The painting by artist John Gibb, a notable painter of landscapes, marine subjects, steam and sailing vessels. The image shows the second of the two horse drawn stage coaches becoming submerged with players and horses in the water to foreground, the first coach and rescuers appear to be on the far bank. Magnificent mountains, hills and woodland to background. The painting measures 18.25"x12" and is loosely mounted in its original frame without glass. Signed to lower left hand corner, which appears to say, 'John Gibb, N.Z. 1877'. Original label to back of the painting for 'Mr John Gibb, Artist. Merkland Villa, Barbados Street, Christchurch. Painter of Landscapes, Marine Subjects, Portraits of Steam and Sailing Vessels....'. Some wear to edges, some wear and slight damage to image otherwise in good condition. A rare portrait from this early cricket tour
Estimate: £3000/5000
Hammer price: £2800
'We travelled through the deep gorge in heavy floods, our two coaches were all but submerged. 'I think we all said our prayers'. Words of Allen Hill

'And there was the travel, which continued to be long and arduous. Particularly memorable was the journey from Greymouth on the west coast of New Zealand's south island to Christchurch in the east, which started in two stagecoaches. They were due to spend the night in Otira, high in the Southern alps, but they were still not there at 11pm when, in heavy rain, they were forced to cross a river that had burst its banks. All safely reached an island in the middle of the stream, which was where their lights blew out. The first coach reached the far side of the river, but the second got stuck.'All had to jump for their lives into the stream, which was now up to their waists, the player wrote. 'By great exertion the coach was got out, but only just in time, as soon huge stones, trees and logs began to be carried down the swollen river'

The soggy players dragged their sodden luggage the remaining half-mile to their hotel, where they discovered there were only three beds for their party of 17. Happily the couple who owned the hotel were able to lend them some clothes while their own dried out, though less happily that did involve some players being forced to put on dresses.

Words of an unnamed player in a series of letters to the Sporting Life. Reproduced in the Guardian Newspaper in January 2020.

John H. Gibb (1831-1909) was a Scottish, marine painter who settled in New Zealand in 1876. Gibb was a founding member of the Canterbury Society of Arts when it was formed in 1880 and continued to exhibit his many works there until his death. He exhibited wherever possible and showed works in Auckland and Wellington from the early 1880s as well as sending works to many international and inter-colonial exhibitions beyond New Zealand. By the 1880s Gibb was regarded as New Zealand's major professional marine painter. Around 1880 he moved to Australia where he became a member of the Art Society of New South Wales in Sydney. The family returned to New Zealand by 1892. The highest price recorded for the artist for a single work was $85,000 Australian Dollars for 'The Bealey River, West Coast Road (NZ) sold by Leonard Joel in 1986

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