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

Held on Saturday & Sunday, 12th & 13th August 2017
at The Premier Inn (Fosse Park), Leicester LE3 2FW

Auction highlights:

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Lot 498. William Gilbert Grace. 'Century of Centuries'. Original blue, white and gilt porcelain plate produced to commemorate W.G. Grace's Century of Centuries. The plate decorated in blue and gilt with the central reserve with Grace's signature and the date '1895' below with years and detail of each individual century and who scored against radiating out from the centre, to verso, is a seating plan of the eighteen diners at the Dinner. The plate was commissioned by Grace from the Coalport China Company and manufactured for S.J. Kepple & Son of Bristol for a private dinner given by seventeen members of the Century Club at the St. Stephen’s Restaurant on January 22, 1895. Each guest was presented with a plate by Grace, and eighteen plates were produced, this plate being presented to Gilbert Court Branch who sat next to Grace at the Dinner.
Estimate £12000/18000
Hammer price: £10000

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Lot 810. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1897. 34th edition. Original hardback. The rare second issue of the original hardback, which was first introduced in 1896
Estimate £6000/9000
Hammer price: £8500

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Lot 262. William Arras Johnston, Victoria & Australia 1945-1955. 'Australian tour of England 1948'. Australian dark green cloth test cap worn by Johnston during the famous series against England in 1948. The cap, by Farmers of Sydney, embroidered with the Australia emblem and below '1948'. His name handwritten in ink to the inside of the cap 'W. Johnston'.
Estimate £4000/6000
Hammer price: £4300

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Lot 271. Richard Gorton 'Dick' Barlow, Lancashire & England, 1871-1891. Excellent and historic early silver plated claret jug with inscription 'Presented to R.G. Barlow by W. Church Esq for his very fine innings of 101 for North of England v Australians. Also ten wickets for 48 runs at Nottingham Sept 1st, 2nd & 3rd 1884'.
Estimate £5000/8000
Hammer price: £5000

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Lot 273. Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji. Sussex & England. 1895-1920. 'From K.S. Ranjitsinhji to Mrs W.L. Murdoch. Christmas 1896'. Silver plated five piece tea service, comprising of a large two handled tray, a teapot, a hot water jug and sugar bowl presented to Mrs W.L. Murdoch, wife of the William Lloyd Murdoch, fellow Sussex player and Australian Captain 1880-1890, by Ranjitsinhji.
Estimate £1500/2500
Hammer price: £2200

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Lot 578. William Eric Bowes. Yorkshire & England 1929-1947. M.C.C. tour of Australia 'Bodyline' 1932-33. M.C.C. navy blue cloth Test touring cap, by E.C. Devereux of Eton, Bucks, with excellent raised embroidered touring emblem of St. George & Dragon in silver thread to front of cap. 'W.E. Bowes' handwritten in black ink to inner label of cap.
Estimate £3000/5000
Hammer price: £Unsold

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Lot 404. Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji. Sussex & England. 1895-1920. Excellent photogravure of Ranjitsinhji in full flight 'dancing down the wicket and about to drive', taken from the original action photograph by George William Beldham. Signed to lower border by both Ranjitsinhji in ink and Beldam in pencil 1905, the rarer companion to the Trumper and Jackson images.
Estimate £1000/1500
Hammer price: £2800

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