Autographed Cricket Ephemera

Lot 40:
Lot 40
William George Quaife. Warwickshire & England 1894-1928. Excellent ink signature of Quaife on paper piece. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £35
Lot 41:
Lot 41
William Henry Lockwood. Nottinghamshire, Surrey & England 1886-1904. Excellent ink signature of Lockwood on paper piece. G/VG
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £130
Lot 42:
Lot 42
Douglas Robert Jardine, Oxford University, Surrey & England, 1920-1934. Excellent ink signature of Jardine on slightly irregular paper piece laid down to slightly larger card. G/VG
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £55
Lot 43:
Lot 43
Ronald Thomas Stanyforth, Oxford University, Yorkshire & England, 1914-1933. Good pencil signature of Stanyforth on paper piece laid. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £110
Stanyforth captained M.C.C. on the tour to South Africa in 1927/28 and led England in four Tests, an unusual appointment since, at that time, he had never played in a first class cricket match, most of his matches being military ones
Lot 44:
Lot 44
Francis Gilbertson Justice Ford. Middlesex,Cambridge University & England 1886-1899. Good ink signature of Ford on lined paper piece. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £35
Lot 45:
Lot 45
Arthur Percy Frank Chapman. Kent & England 1920-38. Excellent ink signature of Chapman on paper piece. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £30
Lot 46:
Lot 46
Archie Jackson. New South Wales & Australia 1926-1931. Excellent ink signature of Jardine on slightly irregular paper piece. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £40
Jackson, following an excellent tour to England in 1930, was to die in 1933 at the age of 23 of tuberculosis
Lot 47:
Lot 47
Australia. Stanley Joseph McCabe, New South Wales & Australia 1928-1942, William Albert Oldfield, New South Wales & Australia 1919-1938 and Alan Geoffrey Fairfax. New South Wales & Australia 1928-1932. Excellent ink signatures of all three players on individual paper pieces, one slightly irregular cut. G/VG. Qty 3
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 48:
Lot 48
John McCarthy Blackham. Victoria & Australia 1874-1895. Excellent bold ink signature of Blackham on paper, folds. A rare signature. G/VG
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: £340
Jack Blackham is listed as player/cap number two in the list of Australian Test players and he played in the very first Test match for Australia v England at Melbourne in March 1877. He toured England with the Australian team in all of the first eight tours from 1878 to 1893 and also toured North America in 1878 and 1893. He played in thirty five Test matches for Australia and was a right handed batsman and brilliant wicket keeper
Lot 49:
Lot 49
Lord Hawke. Yorkshire, Cambridge University & England 1881-1912. Nice signature in ink of Hawke on piece laid down to card. G/VG
Estimate: £60/80
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 50:
Lot 50
Robert 'Bobby' Abel. Surrey & England 1881-1904. Nice signature in ink of Abel on piece laid down to card. Some foxing to piece
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £55
Lot 51:
Lot 51
Leonard Charles Braund. Surrey, Somerset, London County & England 1896-1920. Excellent ink signature on card of Braund. VG
Estimate: £20/30
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 52:
Lot 52
Colin Blythe, Kent & England 1899-1914 and Arthur Fielder, Kent & England 1900-1914. Signatures in ink of Blythe and Fielder on piece laid down to card. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 53:
Lot 53
Charles Jesse Kortwright. Essex 1894-1907. Nice signature in ink of Kortwright on piece laid down to card. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 54:
Lot 54
Alfred Edward Johns. Victoria 1894-1899. Good signature in ink of Johns on piece laid down to card. G/VG
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: unsold
Johns was the reserve wicket keeper on the Australia tour to England in 1896 but did not play in any Test matches
Lot 55:
Lot 55
Learie Nicholas Constantine. Trinidad, Barbados & West Indies 1921-1939. Album page nicely signed in pencil by Constantine and dated 23rd September 1933. Sold with a mono copy photograph of Michael C. Frederick (West Indies one match), nicely signed in ink by Frederick. Qty 2. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £60
Lot 56:
Lot 56
Australia Test players 1930s-1980s. Eight signatures on white cards. Signatures are Neil Harvey, Bill Brown, Keith Stackpole, Alan Davidson, Peter Philpott, Peter Sleep, Gavin Stephens and Jack Rutherford. The signature of Brown on piece laid down to card. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £15
Lot 57:
Lot 57
England Test signatures 1946-1959. Four folders comprising ink signatures on pieces laid down for M.C.C. tours to Australia and New Zealand 1946/47 (18 signatures), South Africa 1948/49 (15), Ceylon, Australia and New Zealand 1950/51 (17), and 1958/59 (17). Signatures include Hammond, Compton, Evans, Voce, Washbrook, Hutton, Fishlock, Mann, A. Bedser, E. Bedser, Brown, Simpson, Warr, Close, Statham, May, Trueman, Laker, Dexter, Cowdrey, Tyson, Graveney etc. Sixty seven signatures in total. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £55
Lot 58:
Lot 58
England Test cricketers 1920s-1950s. Seven signatures on card. Signatures are Freddie Brown, Joe Hardstaff, Andy Sandham, R.E.S. Wyatt, Herbert Sutcliffe, Gubby Allen and Eddie Paynter. The Sutcliffe signature on piece laid down to card. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £25
Lot 59:
Lot 59
Thomas William Garrett. New South Wales & Australia 1876-1898. One page handwritten letter on 'T.W. Garrett. Christie & Berne, Solicitors of Sydney' headed paper and dated 7th October 1931 to a Mr Swabey with good cricket content, the letter reads '...It is very gratifying to find that I am not altogether forgotten in England. As you say I am to be congratulated on being in good health after so many years- as a matter of fact Jack Blackham and I are the only survivors of the first Australian XI and Jack is still well and just as interested in cricket as the youngest- although he is four years older than me- I enclose an autograph as you request'. Nicely signed 'your sincerely T.W. Garrett'. Light folds otherwise in very good condition. A rare letter from a member of the first Australian touring party to England
Estimate: £250/250
Hammer price: £610
Tom Garrett is listed as player/cap number four in the list of Australian Test players and played in nineteen Test matches for Australia and toured England on three occasions, 1878, 1882 and 1886. His most successful tour being the 1882 series where he took 118 wickets at 14.35 in first class matches. He played in the first Test match played in Melbourne, Australia in March 1877
Lot 60:
Lot 60
Walter Brearley. Lancashire, London County & England, 1902-1912. One page handwritten letter on 'Euston Hotel, London' headed paper and dated 7th June 1931 to a Mr Swabey with good cricket content, the typically forthright letter reads 'Thank you for your letter. I quite agree with you re the present cricketers, they are a poor lot, bar about 7 or 8. What we want are more amateurs'. Nicely signed 'yours very truly, Walter Brearley'. Light folds otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £95
Walter Brearley was the epitome of the explosive fast bowler. His first class cricket career was marred by continual quarrels with the Lancashire committee. He refused to play for the majority of 1906 and all of 1907 and the final break came at the end of the 1911 season. He then played for Cheshire in 1912 whilst playing Test cricket for England
Lot 61:
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Charles Jesse Kortwright. Essex 1894-1907. Handwritten four page letter from his home in Brentwood to a Mr Swabey, dated 28th May 1931 with excellent cricket content, relating to fast bowling and fast bowlers. Kortwright states 'It is indeed very flattering to read your eulogies with regard to my so called fast bowling in the 90's of last century, but one was very little thought of in those years when there was a regular glut of fast (real fast) bowlers in this country when every county had one, if not two, really fast bowlers in the side, anyone of whom in these days would have walked into any England side, almost as first choice. To my mind you have left out of your list two of the greatest fast bowlers.....They were Tom Richardson and Bill Lockwood, both of Surrey and not many 'pukka'; batsman of those days fancied themselves overmuch with those two bowling. T.R. was always my model as a fast bowler, and in later years, Walter Brearley of Lancashire came second. I have always placed these two, in their different styles, as my numbers 1 & 2..... It was quite a common occurrence for both of them to right bang through a side with 7 or 8 wickets in his bag.....no bowling short at a batsman's ribs with half a dozen fieldsman clustering close around on the leg side like flies around the top of a jam-pot. No! we used to hear the 'death rattle' much more frequently in those days when a stump went hurtling...'. Nicely signed 'Yours sincerely, Charles J. Kortwright. A rare Kortwright item. VG
Estimate: £130/160
Hammer price: £120
Kortwright was regarded as the fastest bowler of his day, and by some the fastest ever to appear in first-class cricket
Lot 62:
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John William Hitch. Surrey & England 1907-1925. Handwritten two page letter from Sherbourne Dorset to a Master Swabey, dated 9th December 1931 regarding a request for an autograph. Hitch states '....it is very nice to hear from some-one so keen a follower of my county, and I hope that one day if you are taking up the game that you may play for your county and country. I enclose 2 autographs for you'. Nicely signed 'Yours faithfully, J.W. Hitch. VG
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £45
Lot 63:
Lot 63
Leonard 'Len' Hutton. Yorkshire & England 1934-1955. Single page handwritten letter in ink from Hutton to a Mr. Parkin, dated in pencil '17/1/83'. Hutton is responding to an enquiry about his first cap. 'I received my County cap at Bradford in 1936. There was nothing special about the occasion, just handed to me in the dressing room. I was very pleased of course, it all came as a surprise to me'. Signed 'Len Hutton'. Horizontal and vertical folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
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Glamorgan C.C.C. 1889. Four handwritten letters written to W.L. Yorath, Secretary of the newly formed County Club, in response to a recruitment drive for players. Two letters written by W.H. Gwynn of the Ffynone Club, Swansea, refer to players such as 'F. Morris (wicket keeper last season for Malvern College) - a very good bat... F. Hill - a fair all round cricketer... Willie Bancroft made 24 against Llanelli in capital style for a lad... Walter Shepherd... his ability as a wicket keeper is well known by you...' and a further postcard regarding a donation to Club funds. Also a letter to Yorath from T.R. Griffiths accepting an invitation to play 'for the XVIII if the Committee of the County Club think fit to select me'. Previously sold in the Dreweatts sale of the archives of Glamorgan C.C.C. in 2010. File holes to all four letters, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £75
Glamorgan County Cricket Club was founded in 1888 and initially struggled to attract players and funding. However the Club was awarded minor county status in 1897, first class status in 1921, and first won the County Championship in 1948
Lot 65:
Lot 65
John Arlott. Single page typed airmail letter from Arlott to Leslie Gutteridge at the University of Alberta, Canada, dated 22nd December 1979. Arlott is referring to having sold much of his cricket collection and his impending retirement, 'all but Wisden, S. &. B. and a few personal items. I sold it well, as they say, and hope, as a result, to be able to retire after the end of the coming season. If I have the luck to buy the house in Alderney... I shall retire there'. Nicely signed in black ink by Arlott. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £55
Lot 66:
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F.S. Ashley-Cooper. Two page handwritten letter in ink from Ashley-Cooper to J.M. Davis, Australian journalist and author, dated 4th April 1927. Ashley-Cooper thanks Davis for his kind remarks in the 'Referee' of February 23rd, 'It made me blush and caused several people in Australia to send me their sympathy. I am thankful to say that I have now quite recovered'. Since returning from the nursing home he describes writing for the 'Spring Annual' and compiling a New Zealand Cricket Guide. Regarding his collection he reports on the installation of new shelving and '96 more spring-back cases for the numerous small handbooks, guides etc. Collecting is a glorious hobby and I have made a few very good "finds" since you were here'. He closes by looking forward to the New Zealand tour. Nicely signed by Ashley-Cooper. Horizontal and vertical folds, staple holes to top left corners, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £75
Lot 67:
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Rev. James Pycroft, cricket author. Two page handwritten letter in ink on black edged mourning paper with matching envelope. The letter, addressed to Thomas Padwick, is dated 13th September 1889. Pycroft refers to "Oxford Memories" published in 1886, in the second volume of which 'you will find 70 pages most interesting, more so some say than the "Cricket Field". Signed in ink 'James Pycroft'. G
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £150
Lot 68:
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Raymond Charles Robertson-Glasgow. Oxford University & Somerset 1920-1935. Two page handwritten letter in ink, dated 1st March 1946, to Mr. Coldham thanking him for 'your very much appreciated letter. Every writer (?!) likes his/her work to be liked. If he/she says he/she doesn't, he/she is a liar(ess)!! He reports that a third edition of 'Cricket Prints' is due to be published, 'Also I have nearly collected the bundle for Vol II'. Regarding 'cricket reformers', he states, 'some of them mean well, a few of them, a very few, know what they are meaning, but they all... miss the point, that cricket, or any game, is what the players (and the crowd) make it. Legislation means little'. Neatly signed by Robertson-Glasgow. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £40
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Denys Rowbotham, cricket journalist. Four page handwritten letter from his home in Cheshire, 'as from The Guardian, Cross Street, Manchester'. The letter is undated, but probably early 1964. Rowbotham is replying to a reader who had written in response to an article in which Rowbotham had expressed views about England Captains past and present. Rowbotham's comments relate mainly to Colin Cowdrey, 'whom I love dearly as a quiet, modest, charming person... my views about his captaincy bear no relation to my views of him as a man, except that I think he is too modest altogether to be the masterful driving force he should be as a batsman... similarly as captain it is against his nature to be a driver or ruthless with his men'. Rowbotham also comments on Cowdrey's use of modern theories, but 'like [Peter] May... he is not quick to adapt or reject preconceived notions if these are not working out'. Regarding other England captains, he admires 'Close's field tactics', Dexter's 'erratic leadership in Australia' and 'I did not write Dexter off for political reasons', M.J.K. Smith's appointment, Stewart's 'undoubted promise' etc. A very interesting letter from a leading correspondent of the time. G
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £42
Lot 70:
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John Frank Eden 'Jack' Santall. Worcestershire 1930. Two page handwritten letter in ink to Mr. Gibson dated 19th May 1971. Santall is replying to a letter thanking Gibson for returning his father's books (Sydney Santall, Warwickshire & London County 1894-1914), and for the draft of an article regarding Sydney's bowling achievements in school cricket, suggesting an amendment to say that 'at one stage [Santall's] figures were 200w for 400 R's'. He also looks forward to seeing Gibson at Swanage. Nicely signed 'Jack Santall'. Horizontal folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £25
Lot 71:
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Philip A. Snow, cricket author. Two page typed letter with handwritten annotations and corrections in Snow's hand. The letter to J.D. Coldham, Editor of the Journal of the Cricket Society, on 'Philip A. Snow' letterhead is dated 8th August 1980. Snow, who was the author of 'Cricket in the Fiji Islands' is writing suggesting material for an article on the then first known postage stamp featuring cricket, 'a 2d. one, first issued in 1942 in Fiji'. He describes the stamp that depicts Albert Park where cricket was played with historical information on cricket in Fiji. He describes visits from the Australians and West Indies, and the longest hit at the ground by Trumper in 1905. Snow closes by giving details of his own career including Captain of Leicestershire 2nd XI, founder of the Suva Cricket Association in 1940, founder of the Fiji Cricket Association in 1946, Captain of the first Representative Fiji team touring overseas (to New Zealand in 1949) etc. Signed in ink 'Philip Snow' Horizontal folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £38
Lot 72:
Lot 72
J.M. Barrie. Author of Peter Pan and the Founder of the Allahakbarries C.C. Hand written single page letter to 'Mr Shelton' (Secretary of Nottinghamshire C.C.C.), dated 30th May 1932, thanking him for sending a copy of a Yearbook and apologising for his delay. 'Sir Home Gordon [editor of the Nottinghamshire yearbook 1932-1934] ... has made me feel that I was once again back on Trent Bridge ground (in a boat no doubt)'. Barrie sends his best wishes to the Club 'to whose doings I always turn first in the cricketing news'. Complete with the original envelope. A rare cricket related letter from Barrie. VG
Estimate: £140/160
Hammer price: £130
Barrie formerly worked in Nottingham
Lot 73:
Lot 73
A.A. Thomson, cricket author. Single page handwritten letter to Mr Coldham from his London address, dated 19th November 1955. Thomson is writing to 'enclose a bit more of my M.S. for you to look at. Don't let it be a burden!'. The manuscript to which he refers may be for 'Cricket My Happiness' published in 1954. Signed in ink 'A.A.T.'. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 74:
Lot 74
Douglas Robert Jardine. Oxford University, Surrey & England. Single page handwritten letter in ink from Jardine replying to an invitation to attend a local flower show, 'which I am passing to Miss Peat who will reply directly to you for both herself & myself'. Nicely signed 'D.R. Jardine'. The letter is undated but probably 1934, the year in which Jardine married Isla Peat. Horizontal fold, light adhesive marks, otherwise in good condition. Sold with a mono press photograph of Jardine, head and shoulders in M.C.C. touring blazer. 3.75"x5.75". Pin holes to corners otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 75:
Lot 75
William Lloyd 'Billy' Murdoch. News South Wales, Sussex, London County & England 1875-1904. Two page handwritten letter in black ink to 'Old Dick', dated 15th January 1904. Murdoch is writing to acknowledge that 'I am sorry you could not manage what I asked and am quite sure you would if you could... I would be very sorry to think old man that my asking and you refusing would in any way interfere with our friendship... for I am quite sure neither of us are built that way'. Presumably referring to W.G. Grace, Murdoch states, 'I hope you had a rare old battle with the Old Man. I expect I will run across him one of these days'. Nicely signed by Murdoch. Horizontal fold and small split to spine, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £320
Lot 76:
Lot 76
Nawab of Pataudi. Oxford University, Worcestershire, England & India 1928-1948. Two page handwritten letter in ink from Pataudi to John Arlott, dated 26th May 1947. Pataudi is writing from India in the midst of the turmoil of partition. 'Thanks for your letter & your delightful little book the publishers have sent me. You obviously enjoyed being with the team and I assure you we loved having you with us. Last year's cricket was a holiday for me. After years of toil I had deserved a holiday. I am again plunged in the affairs of State with little hope of escape. The whole atmosphere is bloody and the future uncertain. India is going through sad times & we are all unhappy. I hope you are fit and well & still hoping to find Hampshire in the upper half of the Championship Table'. Nicely signed 'Pataudi'. Sold with two mono press photographs of Pataudi in batting poses, a small mono photograph of Pataudi with Frank Woolley etc. G/VG
Estimate: £130/160
Hammer price: £360
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Henry Knollys Foster. Oxford University & Worcestershire 1894-1925. Two page handwritten letter in ink from Foster to Charles Pratt Green. The letter on H.K. Foster & Grace of Hereford letterhead, dated 2nd April 1931. Foster is writing regarding an invitation to attend a dinner with Green. 'My reason for accepting your kind invitation to the Lodge was to have the pleasure of sitting next to you afterwards & now I am most peeved that you cannot partake of the dinner. Quite candidly & honestly my evening would be certainly spoilt & I would far sooner spend two hours with you on the College ground. Unless therefore we are both committed to my attendance at the Lodge may I be allowed to withdraw...'. Signed 'H.K. Foster'. Horizontal and vertical folds, otherwise in good condition.
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £70
Lot 78:
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Paul Foley. Worcestershire C.C.C. Two page handwritten letter in ink from Foley to Charles Pratt Green. The letter is undated, the accompanying envelope is postmarked 21st May 1899. Interesting content regarding Worcestershire County Cricket Club business relating to prints given by Pratt Green. Foley writes, 'On behalf of the County Club I beg to thank you most heartily for your very handsome present of prints. The Vanity Fair cartoons would be very interesting. We have put up our various group photographs & they are framed in plain flat oak frames. I think each cartoon would look best separate. We also can hang the Kent & Sussex match on the end wall of the dining room where it would look very well & have ample space. In regards cards the position is they are printed by a man hired by the Club for the day on a machine belonging to me & so not a first class one or adapted to the elaborate ones printed by other companies. When we have more funds we can buy a proper machine & have them well done but at present we have laid so much out on pavilions, fences, seats etc we cannot afford it & must do what we can with our present tools. With many & best thanks'. Signed 'P. Foley' with a postscript, 'Shall you be in at London County match? If so we might settle where to hang the prints'. G/VG
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £120
Paul Foley served as Secretary and Treasurer of Worcestershire Cricket Club until his retirement in 1909 and was instrumental in establishing the Minor Counties Championship and the subsequent admission of the Club to the first-class County Championship in 1899
Lot 79:
Lot 79
Frank Chester. Worcestershire 1912-1914. Single page handwritten Forces Letter from Chester to J.D. Coldham while Coldham was on military service abroad, dated 7th May 1946. Chester writes that he is 'making a start again as an umpire on Wed. at Lord's, Middlesex v Leicester after six years, but I am afraid we shall be very hard hit for good bowlers in England for some time to come, losing Verity & Farnes has been a big loss. We suffered the same after the last War but no doubt we shall find some good bowlers in due time'. Chester invites Coldham to join him at matches in which he will be umpiring in the coming season and looks forward to the Indians' tour to England, 'They are a good side, they will be sure to give us a good run'. Signed 'Frank Chester'. G
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £65
Chester lost an arm below the elbow in the first World War. He became a top first class umpire in 1922 standing in 48 Tests until his retirement in 1955
Lot 80:
Lot 80
Wilfrid Lionel Foster. Worcestershire 1899-1911. Two page handwritten letter from Foster to J.D. Coldham dated 25th February 1947 containing good post war content relating to the state of the game, recollections of past players, the quality of the Australians etc. Foster writes, 'The wicket is pretty bad at the present time but we don't seem to have a Captain with high class bowlers to take advantage of it!! I speak figuratively. As for cricket I find it difficult to take overmuch interest in it these days. The drawn out games in Australia, 4 or 5 fielders within a few yards of the batsman and endless criticism and reports in the Press are not helping the game from my way of thinking. Most of our old Worcestershire stalwarts have departed this life - Arnold, Burrows, Bowley, my brothers R.E. & M.K. and scores of others who played for England and the various counties early this century. Bradman, I thought the best batsman I have ever seen except on a really sticky wicket. I think W.G. Grace would have played the best spin bowlers on any wicket better than most. The Australians now are better all round than those we can produce. Bowling is our weak point. I am not bowled out yet but Anno Domini threatens'. Nicely signed 'W.L. Foster'. VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £110
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Frederick Lloyd Bowley. Worcestershire 1899-1923. Single page handwritten letter to 'Mr. Milne' dated 8th March 1935. Bowley is writing to thank Milne for sending some tickets. Nicely signed 'Fred L. Bowley'. Sold with a two page handwritten letter, also to Milne, from Bowley's wife dated 14th October 1943, five months after Bowley's death. She notes that 'It seemed so strange that he should have, for the first time, written of his "cricket"... and left us so soon afterwards'. Qty 2. G/VG
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: unsold
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Lot 82
Maurice James Carrick Allom. Cambridge University, Surrey & England 1926-1937. Single page typed letter dated 23rd December 1968 from Allom to the cricket historian J.D. Coldham. Allom is replying to a request for his autograph. Nicely signed in ink by Allom. Horizontal and vertical folds affecting the signature, otherwise in good condition. Sold with a mono press photograph of Allom, head & shoulders in cricket attire etc. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 83:
Lot 83
Frederick Richard Brown. Cambridge University, Surrey, Northamptonshire & England 1930-1953. Single page handwritten letter dated 1st November 1972 from Brown to the cricket historian J.D. Coldham. Brown is writing to thank Coldham 'for the Journal of the Cricket Society & I would like to thank you on an excellent publication'. Signed 'F.R. Brown'. Sold with a mono photograph of Brown in bowling pose, and a colour postcard of 'Festival Cricket at Scarborough', both signed in ink by Brown etc. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £25
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Bryan Herbert Valentine. Kent, Cambridge University & England 1927-1948. Single page handwritten letter in ink from Valentine to 'Norman', dated 16th January 1945. Valentine is replying to a request to sign some cigarette cards, and has also signed the letter five times. Poignantly, he writes, 'I'm afraid that owing to the war I've lost touch with other Kent players but the manager of the Club might let you have them'. Nice signatures. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £50
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Lot 85
Kenneth McAlpine. Kent 1885-1886. Sold with an original telegram sent from George Marsham (Kent 1876-1877, three matches) at Canterbury Cricket Ground to McAlpine, dated 6th August 1883. 'M.C.C. two hundred and fifty for seven wickets', which refers to Kent v M.C.C., Canterbury, 6th-8th August 1883. Adhesive marks and ageing. Also a telegram sent from 'Manchester Cricket Ground' dated 18th June 1886, 'Hearty Congratulations on Kenneth's innings from president and members Kent Eleven'. The telegram laid to card. Sold with a handwritten card in ink from McAlpine regarding the score for 'Mote v M.C.C. played July 6 & 7 1889 as requested'. The card is dated 13th March 1893 and signed by McAlpine. G
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £130
No record can be found regarding McAlpine's 'innings'. He played only four first class matches with a career top score of ten runs, however he was a prominent administrator and talent spotter in the game, serving as Secretary of Mote Cricket Club, Maidstone, and was President of Kent C.C.C. in 1922
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Lot 86
Alfred Richard 'Alf' Gover. Surrey & England 1928-1947. Single page typed letter on 'The Gover Cricket School' official letterhead, dated 2nd November 1987. Gover is replying to a request for bowling tips. 'Always attack the batsman, do not take too big a leap at the wicket but make sure you land with the weight back on the right leg at the crease. If you are bowling at defensive batsmen have one or two fielders close up to the wicket'. Nicely signed in ink by Gover. Sold with a small mono press photograph of Gover in bowling action, and a Player's 'Cricketers 1938' cigarette card of Gover. G
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £20
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Lot 87
Lord Hawke. Yorkshire & England,1881-1911. Short hand written note on a plain postcard to the Leeds publisher, Arthur Wigley. Nicely signed 'Hawke'. Postmarked 15th April 1929. G/VG
Estimate: £60/80
Hammer price: unsold
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Evelyn Rockley Wilson. Yorkshire & England 1899-1923. Two page handwritten letter to George Hirst, Yorkshire & England 1891-1929. The letter dated 25th February 1945 and sent from Winchester. 'My Dear George Just a line to hope you are well. It is sad to think you are no longer on the Active List, but no man has served a county so long!. As an old friend of our family I thought you might like to have this memoir of Clem. We think it is well and simply done. D.H.C. (D.H. Crick) is the Bishop of Chester. I hope you and Mrs George are both well. let us hope that before long we shall meet again at a cricket match. No more now. Yours ever my dear George, E. Rockley Wilson. No answer please!'. G
Estimate: £140/180
Hammer price: unsold
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Lot 89
Arthur Edward Robert Gilligan. Cambridge University, Surrey, Sussex & England 1919-1932. Single page handwritten letter dated 22nd December 1947. Gilligan is replying to a request for his autograph. Very nicely signed by Gilligan. Minor adhesive marks to verso, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £35
Lot 90:
Lot 90
Hon Alfred Lyttelton. Cambridge University, Middlesex and England 1876-1887. Two page handwritten letter dated 29th January 1897 to 'James Slater'. Lyttleton is writing to apologise for being able to attend a function. Nicely signed in ink 'Alfred Lyttelton'. Light folds, minor adhesive marks to top corners, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £230
Lyttelton was President of M.C.C. in 1898. Also played for Worcestershire C.C.C. (not first class) and represented England at football in 1877 and played for Old Etonians in the 1876 F.A. Cup Final. Lawyer & Statesman and Colonial Secretary 1903-1905. He became an M.P. in later life
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Francis Thompson. Poet. Two page handwritten letter in ink from Thompson to Edward Meynell his future biographer. The letter undated but the accompanying envelope is postmarked 14th August 1901. 'Would you and could you join two or three of us to a quiet game of cricket tomorrow?... It is only a bit of quiet practice, for amusement's sake; no match.' He continues by giving arrangements for meeting and describes the facilities at the Elgin Avenue ground, 'You will find a very decent ground with net and all necessaries including lemonade and Kola if you like to purchase them'. He also describes a game in which he recently played, 'my first for over eighteen years from which I am still somewhat sore and stiff... Bryant was dead on the stumps - my personal and fleshy stumps - which he peppered freely finishing with a trimmer on the kneecap (causing it to swell) and a beautiful ball on my left temple which cannoned off a yard or two behind the wicket. My hat saved me. Bryant thought I was hurt, till I reassured him by a bad joke'. Signed 'F.B.'. Sold with a typed transcript of Thompson's poem, 'Wake for the Ruddy Ball Has taken Flight'. A very rare example of a cricket related letter from Thompson. Some staining, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £400/600
Hammer price: £500
Francis Thompson (1859-1907) was born in Preston and entered medical school at 18, but left at 26 to pursue his talent as a poet and writer. A cricket enthusiast, perhaps his finest work 'At Lord's' recalls his memories of Lancashire Cricket
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Robert Arthur Thoms. First-class umpire 1826-1903. Undated two page handwritten note in ink in which Thoms makes observations about the introduction of white coats for umpires. "When I call to mind that the most brilliant exhibitions of batting and sterling defence that I have witnessed have been made at the time when "Umpires" were not decked with white coats, makes me come to the conclusion that the game would have flourished equally as well without this supposed adventitious aid to the batsmen - and I am quite sure that "W.G" and others... who originally performed without this adjunct... will be of the same opinion. I well recollect the first time I came across the white coats was at Scarborough... when my brother umpire brought out a couple of them and I chaffingly remarked for what are these for to keep us warm. No! he replied, they are to help the batsman to see better. See better I replied, well I have just lately watched Jupp in for two days and that is long enough for me - and he thought so too - and we did not wear them'. Thoms also writes of 'when England first met Australia at the "Oval" in 1880, the most historical and momentous match that was ever player or ever will be'. He recalls the brilliant batting of 'Lord Harris, "W.G.", Freddie Grace, A.P. Lucas, A.G. Steele, Barnes, Willie Murdoch and Percy McDonnell... and Prince Ranjitsinhji'. An excellent first hand recollection. Some creasing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
Robert Arthur "Bob" Thoms (18261903) was a first-class cricket umpire who stood in two Test Matches, the first two played in England, in 1880 and 1882. His long umpiring career in first-class matches lasted from 1863 to 1900. When he died, The Times said that he was "the most famous umpire the game has known". He played in three first-class matches in the period 1850-1851: one for an Under 36 XI, one for Marylebone Cricket Club and Metropolitan Clubs and one for the All England Eleven. His umpiring partner in many of the more prominent matches was R.P. Carpenter
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Pelham Francis Warner. Oxford University, Middlesex & England 1894-1920. Two page handwritten letter in ink dated 26th December 1938 from Warner to the collector J.W. Goldman. Warner is writing to thank Goldman and his wife for their Christmas card and refers to an invitation to visit the Goldmans. Warner's wife had been ill but she 'would love to see your wonderful collection of cricket things, books, pictures, prints etc. I know she would enjoy immensely seeing your famous collection'. Signed 'P.F. Warner'. Horizontal and vertical folds, one ink blot, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £50
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Cyril Washbrook. Lancashire & England 1933-1959. Two page handwritten letter in ink to 'Morgyn' dated 20th August 1978, written at Old Trafford. Morgyn had written while recovering from being knocked down by a car, requesting a photograph. Washbrook replies, 'I regret that I am unable to produce a photograph. Over the years there have been so many requests for these things that I have no more available'. Nicely signed 'Cyril Washbrook'. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: unsold
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Evelyn Rockley Wilson. Cambridge University, Yorkshire & England 1899-1923. Four page handwritten letter in ink from Wilson to the cricket writer, G.N. Weston, dated 6th October 1943. Wilson is writing requesting information about 'Fred Lillywhite's Cricket Guides. You have Rev R.S. Holmes' set & I have just been reading with great interest what you wrote on the subject in "Willow Leaves".' Regarding his own set of Guides, he states that 'mine is not perfect, as the 6th Edition is in Manuscript. Mr Padwick of Redhill, one of the best known Collectors of Cricket Literature in the 90's... borrowed a copy & copied it out word for word. I bought his set from his son in law Mr J.F. Macpherson for 15 guineas in 1922. He also refers to one copy, autographed by R.S. Holmes, which previously belonged to Charles Box, editor of "The Field", and refers to Ashley-Cooper's interview in "Cricket" with Holmes. Wilson goes into great detail on the differences between the many editions and that 'my brother has a better set than I have, which he has collected himself. He has a genuine 6th edition, and has a perfect set.' A fascinating contribution to cricket bibliography. G/VG
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £220
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Lot 96
Ron Yeomans, Northern Cricket Society. Single page typed letter to the collector H.W. Warner, dated 'March 21st' c1960. Yeomans is offering a selection of cricketana for sale, including a photograph of the first England team to tour Australia 1861/62, a W.G. Grace handkerchief, and a Lillywhite scorecard of 1859. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
Yeomans was the secretary of the N.C.S. and also a keen collector
Lot 97:
Lot 97
Cricket letters 1970s/1980s. Single page typed letter on Australian Broadcasting Commission letterhead from the Australian cricketer and commentator Alan McGilvray, dated 26th June 1983. McGilvray is replying to an enquiry about Don Bradman, 'he lives some one thousand miles from me and I seldom see him, so suggest you write directly to him...'. Signed in ink by McGilvray. Sold with four signed letters from cricketers replying to requests for photographs, autographs etc. Players include Cyril Washbrook (Lancashire), Gerry Lester (Leicestershire), Bob Barber(Lancashire & Warwickshire) and Bill Andrews (Somerset). Qty 5. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £35
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Intikhab Alam Khan. Surrey, Pakistan etc 1957-1977. Interesting two page handwritten letter in ink, undated but written in 1965. Writing to the Secretary of Norton C.C. in the North Staffordshire League, Intikhab is applying for the position of professional for the 1966 season. He describes his experience as a Test cricketer, 'representing my country since 1958... in 16 Tests with all round performances' and lists the countries against which he has played. He describes himself as 'a right arm leg break googly bowler and right hand batsman'. Nicely signed 'Intikhab Alam'. Sold with an accompanying two page hand written letter dated 13th July 1965 from the Pakistan Test cricketer, Nasim-Ul-Ghani, who provides a glowing reference regarding Intikhab's application, 'he is a very good player. He is a hard hitting batsman and very good leg break googly bowler... I can strongly recommend him... Even Don Bradman has said [a] few good words for him during our last trip to Australia'. Folds and some wear, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £35
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Lot 99
Wombwell Cricket Lovers' Society 1950s/1980s. Selection of six typed and handwritten letters, the majority written to Jack Sokell, replying to invitations to attend dinners. Four letters on Surrey County Cricket Club letterhead. Signed letters include B.K. Castor and B.O. Babb, Surrey Secretaries in 1956 and 1959 respectively, Roger Knight, Peter May, Ken Barrington and Arthur Gilligan. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £20
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Lot 100
Brian Johnston. Single printed page of a thirty two line poem written by Richard Stilgoe for Johnston's memorial service held at Westminster Abbey, 16th May 1994. The page features colour caricatures of Johnston to the top corners, one of him as a flying angel carrying an 'angel cake', the other of Johnston in wicket keeping attire. Below the poem to the lower border, a line of people are queuing to enter the 'heavenly' Grace gates. One verse describes Johnston as 'the maverick new angel with ears like wings and co-respondent shoes'. VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 101:
Lot 101
M.C.C. tour of India & Ceylon 1933/34. Official menu for the 'Calcutta Cricket Club Dinner to the Marylebone Cricket Club Touring Team in India on Wednesday, January 3rd 1934'. The menu has been separated into six pages and window mounted in modern frame. The cover of the menu with titles to centre and decorated with the raised colour images of a lion and tiger and ribbon ties in M.C.C. and Calcutta Cricket Club colours. Other pages displayed include names of the M.C.C. Committee and team, toasts, and music programme, with a facsimile of the dinner menu page. The back cover has been signed in pencil by forty five attendees including members of the M.C.C. touring party. Signatures include D.R. Jardine (Captain), Mitchell, Langridge, Human, Valentine, Walters, Verity, Townsend, Marriott, Levett, Barnett, Nicholls, Rickets (Manager) and members of the Calcutta Cricket Club. Printed by Thacker & Spink of Calcutta. Previously sold by Vennett-Smith in 1999. A rare menu and rare in this signed form. Mounted, framed and glazed overall 13.75"x28". G
Estimate: £180/250
Hammer price: £170
Lot 102:
Lot 102
Lord's Taverners events. Card for the Lord's Taverners Cricket Weekend, 19th-20th September 1981 at Hohne and Verden, Germany. Printed cartoon by Bill Tidy to front, to verso, printed list of members of the Lord's Taverners in attendance. Signed in ink by fourteen of the attendees including Harry Secombe, Godfrey Evans, John Murray, Nicholas Parsons, Fred Rumsey, Reg Simpson, John Price, Nigel Ross, M.J.K. Smith etc. Pin holes to the card. Sold with an original programme for a concert given at Hohne. Official programme for the Lord's Taverners West Midlands Region Eve of Test Match Gala Dinner, Birmingham, 22nd July 1987. Nicely signed in ink signed by seven guests including Alec Bedser, Godfrey Evans, Frank Tyson, Ted Dexter etc. Sold with 'The Centurions Celebratory Dinner', official programme and ticket, London Hilton, 1st September 2008. Signed to pen pictures by the ten guest centurions, Tom Graveney, John Edrich, Geoff Boycott, Glenn Turner, Zaheer Abbas, Dennis Amiss, Viv Richards, Graham Gooch, Graeme Hick and Mark Ramprakash. Also the 'Legendary Test Captains' Dinner, 24th September 2013. Signed by nineteen Captains including A.Bacher, R.Benaud, M.Brearley, I.Chappell, T.Dexter, M.Gatting, S.Gavaskar, D.Gower, C.Lloyd, V.Richards etc. Qty 4. G/VG
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £120
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Lot 103
Lord's Taverners Australia A.C.T. Branch. '1948 Invincibles Dinner' Official menu for the dinner held 9th November 2006. Signed to the front cover by Neil Harvey, Sam Loxton and Arthur Morris. Minor staining otherwise in good condtion
Estimate: £20/30
Hammer price: £35
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Lot 104
Lord's Taverners Australia A.C.T. Branch. Four official menus for '1948 Invincibles Dinner' Official menu for the dinner held 9th November 2006. Signed to the front cover by Neil Harvey, Sam Loxton and Arthur Morris. Annual dinners for 2009 signed by Richard Hadlee, 2012 signed by Chris Cairns and Greg Ritchie, and 2015 signed by Kerry O'Keefe. Qty 4. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £25
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Lot 105
England tour of Australia 1978/79. Official England Christmas card from the tour of Australia 1978/79. The card with titles to front, colour team photograph and message to inside pages, sent by Henry Blofeld to 'Claude' (Lewis, Kent 1933-1953). G
Estimate: £15/25
Hammer price: £15
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James Langridge. Sussex & England 1924-1953. Official M.C.C. Christmas card from the M.C.C. tour of India 1933. Emblem of St George & the Dragon, '1933-India-1934' and 'India 1933' to front cover, and ribbon in M.C.C. colours. To inside a photograph of the Taj Mahal and the wording 'With Best Wishes for Christmas and 1934'. Nicely signed in ink, 'James Langridge'. VG
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £95
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County Cricket autographs c1954/1955. Brown autograph album comprising pages signed in ink by fourteen teams and the Cambridge University team. Teams are Kent (12 signatures), Sussex (14), Gloucestershire (11), Worcestershire (11), Cambridge University (12),Derbyshire (11), Somerset (12), Nottinghamshire (12), Worcestershire (12), Middlesex (12), Yorkshire (13), Glamorgan (12), Hampshire (11), Lancashire (12), Essex (12), and Sussex (8). Nice condition
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £190
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Australia tour to England 1956. Blue autograph album nicely signed in ink by eleven members of the Australian touring party and to cigarette cards laid down. Signatures include Crawford, Burge, Rutherford, Maddocks, Burke, Mackay, Wilson, Johnson. Signed cards are Langley, Miller and Archer. Other signatures include ten Glamorgan players (one on piece laid down), Sussex (11 signatures), Lancashire (5) etc. Also signed by Len Hutton and six Brighton & Hove Albion players, and Alex South of Liverpool F.C. Some wear and small tape repair to spine, otherwise in good condition. Sold with a Sussex County Cricket Club autograph album c1980s comprising over eighty signatures of English county players, and one other album. Qty 3. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £46
Lot 109:
Kent C.C.C. A good selection of autograph sheets, individual signatures, signed scorecards, photographs, histories etc 1950s onwards. Earlier signatures on card include Hopper Levett, Doug Wright, Godfrey Evans, Fred Ridgeway. Also 'The History of Kent County Cricket. Appendix E', London 1910. 'The History of Kent Cricket' Appendix H 1946-1963 and Appendix I 1964-1984 etc. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £32
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Australia tour to England 1953. 'Coronation Tour'. Official mono photograph of the Australia touring party seated and standing in rows wearing tour blazers and cricket attire. Signed in ink to the mount borders by all eighteen members of the touring party. Signatures include Hassett (Captain), Morris, Harvey, de Courcy, Miller, Johnston, Lindwall, Hole, Davidson, Benaud, Ring etc. The photograph measures 9.5"x7.5", laid to official photographer's mount, overall 14.5"x12". Fading to some signatures, wear to mount, the photograph in good condition. Sold with an official match scorecard for the fifth Test, The Oval, 15th-19th August 1953, printed scores, small tear and some wear, otherwise in good condition and an official scorecard for Essex v Australia 1953. Plus an official half pint glass tankard with colour emblem of the Ashes urn, bat, stumps and ball on a green shield, supported by a lion and kangaroo either side. Title scroll below,' Test Series. England- Australia 1953'. Lustre to rim. 4" tall. Wear to lustre, otherwise in good condition etc. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £75
England won the fifth and final Test by eight wickets to clinch the Ashes series 1-0, the first four Tests having been drawn
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Lot 111
Thomas William Graveney. Gloucestershire, Worcestershire & England 1948-1970. Original order of service of thanksgiving for Graveney held at Worcester Cathedral, 3rd November 2015. Sold with 'Touched by Greatness', Andrew Murtagh, Durrington 2014, signed to the front endpaper by Graveney shortly before his death. Also 'Tom Graveney at Lord's', Stephen Fay London 2005 etc. Qty 4. G/VG
Estimate: £20/30
Hammer price: £50
Lot 112:
International, Test and County autographs c1970s/1980s. Two small autograph albums comprising over one hundred and twenty signatures in ink. Signatures include Kim Hughes, Craig Sergeant, Ray Bright, Rick McCosker (Australia), Dilip Doshi (India), Richard Hadlee (New Zealand), Viv Richards (West Indies), Jack Fingleton, Clive Rice, Chris Old, David Gower, Peter Roebuck, Mike Brearley etc. Some duplication. Sold with a good selection of scrapbook pages with press pictures for the period laid down, the majority signed by the featured player. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £50
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Richard Percy Lewis. Oxford University & Middlesex 1894-1898. Original scrapbook compiled by Lewis covering his early cricketing career at Winchester College, Oxford University, and Surrey Second XI for the period 1891-1892. Contents include handwritten letters to Lewis, press cuttings, a telegram etc. Letters include Lewis being awarded his school colours, one from a family member congratulating Lewis on his wicket keeping, three letters from C.W. Alcock, Secretary of Surrey C.C.C. inviting Lewis to play for the Second XI against Nottinghamshire Second XI 1891, v Essex and v Derbyshire (not first class) 1892, all three signed by Alcock. Also a letter from C.W. Wright (Nottinghamshire & England) inviting Lewis to play in the East v West match at Portsmouth, September 1892 (Lewis did not play). Press cuttings include match reports including Eton v Winchester in which Lewis' team mates included J.R. Mason (Kent & England, five Test matches) and H.D.G. Leveson-Gower (Surrey & England, three Tests). Some wear and ageing, generally good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £180
Lewis, a talented wicket keeper, played five matches for Surrey (not first class) in 1892
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Lot 114
William Lambert. Surrey, Kent, Sussex & Hampshire 1801-1817. Oxfordshire Cricket Club 1849. Original and unique printed admission ticket presumably for a social event/function held by the Club in 1849. The card features an attractive mono engraving of a cricketer wearing period cricket attire, leaning on a bat and holding a ball standing next to the wicket, with a marquee and trees in the background. The surrounding oval border incorporates the printed title 'Oxfordshire Cricket Club' with 'Tuesday 1849 Nov'r 6th' annotated in ink in Lambert's hand, and has been signed to the lower corners in ink by William Lambert and one other, possibly W.T. Lowndes. The card, measuring 3"x4.5", is laid to a large photograph album page with decorative borders which has an annotation in pencil in John Arlott's hand, 'Admission ticket (Signed by Wm. Lambert)'. The ticket was reproduced for the frontispiece for Neville Cardus and John Arlott's book 'The Noblest Game. A Book of Fine Cricket Prints' first published in 1969. The admission ticket previously sold by Christies in 1997. Minor wear to the album page, the card ticket in very good condition. A very rare and important piece of early cricket ephemera from the early development of the game, signed by a famous cricketer of the time
Estimate: £1200/1800
Hammer price: £1700
In Roger Hancock's 'A Handbook for William Lambert's Cricketer's Guide' he writes that Lambert 'was regarded at one time as the best batsman in England' and 'such was Lambert's fame, even as late as 1840, that his inability to play for Reigate at Brighton proved a great disappointment to the spectators'. Lambert's Guides ran from 1816 to the 1830s. One of the best all-round cricketers, Lambert is the first player recorded to have scored two centuries in both innings of an important match, while playing for Sussex against Epsom at Lord's in 1817. This was to be his last appearance at Lord's as he was soon after banned for match fixing in the Nottingham v England match of that year. Despite playing as a professional, he appeared for the Gentlemen in the first two Gentlemen v Players matches in 1806
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Scrapbook of William Archibald Standish (1856-1942). Original and attractively bound scrapbook for the period 1876-1900, comprising theatre programmes, cricket fixture cards, photographs, cuttings, manuscript for a speech, photographs, letters etc. Fixture cards for teams for whom Standish played include Priory Park 1888, Linden C.C. 1889, Rushey Green C.C. 1890-1894, West Albion C.C. 1879, Catford 1895, 1896 etc. The majority of the cards have been annotated with the results and scores and are loosely inserted. Press cuttings relate to theatre reviews and matches in which Standish played, including one showing Standish scoring 101 for Bushey Green v Colombia in 1893. One cutting shows the averages for Rushey Green for 1893 in which Standish finished 6th in the batting averages which were led by Alec Hearne of Kent with G.G. Hearne third. Also includes four original candid photographs of a match and players, possibly taken on a Club tour. A well presented album of an actor/ entertainer and keen club cricketer of the period in the south east London area with many unusual and scarce contents. One album page detached, otherwise the contents in good condition
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: unsold

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