Auction of Cricket, Wisden Cricketers' Almanacks, Football and Sporting Memorabilia

Held on Saturday 13th August 2016.

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Lot 423. 'The Irish Cricketers in the United States 1879. By One of Them'. Henry Brougham. John Lawrence, Dublin, and M.H. Gill, London, 1880. An excellent account of the tour of the Gentlemen of All Ireland. The signature of ownership on the half-title page is of one of the touring party, 'Arthur R.F. Exham, May 1880'. Very rare.
Estimate £4000/6000
Hammer price: £5600

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Lot 631. Australia v England 1920/21. Official 'Orient Line S.S. Osterley' card with centre colour image of the ship at sea in colour. With titles to top border 'Visit of M.C.C. team to Australia 1920/21' and dates of voyages from London and Australia in 1920/21. The top border has been titled in ink, to the left border 'England' and to the right 'Australia' with columns and scrolls beneath. Signed in ink to columns and scrolls by the full seventeen members of the M.C.C. touring party and by fifteen members of the Australian team including both managers. Rarely seen in such excellent condition. A scarce item.
Estimate £300/500
Hammer price: £800

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Lot 528. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1900. 37th edition. Original hardback. A rare early hardback edition with bright gilts to front board.
Estimate £1400/1800
Hammer price: £1900

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Lot 723. Doulton Lambeth stoneware mug in art nouveau style, with three moulded relief vignettes of cricketers, a batsman, bowler and wicket keeper, Abel, Woods and McGregor in white on a brown background, with floral leaf decoration above and below in green and green/blue. 5" tall. Very good to excellent condition. A rarely seen and very appealing shaped mug with an art nouveau twist.
Estimate £700/1000
Hammer price: £1000

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Lot 394. 'The Cricket Field, An Illustrated Record & Review'. May 1892 to September 1895. Rare full bound complete set of four volumes of the magazine, published weekly in the cricket season and monthly for October, November and December (covering the four seasons). A scarce publication.
Estimate £500/700
Hammer price: £900

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