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

Including the impressive cricket collections of
the late Michael Smith of Kent,
the late Rev. Dr Andrew Wakefield of South London and
the late Richard de Putron Cohen of Guernsey

Held on Saturday & Sunday, 10th & 11th March 2018
at The Premier Inn (Fosse Park), Leicester LE3 2FW

Saturday 10th: Cricket Memorabilia

Sunday 11th: Wisden Cricketers' Almanacks, Cricket Books, Football & Other Sporting Memorabilia

Auction highlights:

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Lot 508. 'Play!'. Scarce and early cricketing lithograph, highlighted with colour, of a bowler in top hat bowling around the wicket. Printed by Dean & Munday Lth. W. Walker. 'Published by S. Knights, Sweetings Alley, Cornhill', c1840/1850.
Estimate £300/500
Hammer price: £750

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Lot 577. 'Australia 1926 & 1930'. Large and impressive hallmarked gold cigarette case presented to Mr Arthur Phillips, Chairman and Managing Director of Godfrey Phillips Ltd, by the Australian touring teams of 1926 and 1930. The case has the engraved signatures of all sixteen members and fifteen members of the 1926 and 1930 touring teams to England to the front and back of the case with inscriptions from both teams to inside. The case in exceptional condition.
Estimate £2500/3500
Hammer price: £2200

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Lot 1231. 'Parsi Cricket with hints on bowling, batting...'. M.E. Pavri. Bombay 1901. Original decorative pictorial boards. A rarely seen title and in excellent condition.
Estimate £800/1200
Hammer price: £1800

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Lot 353. Alfred Percy 'Tich' Freeman. Kent & England 1914-1936. An illuminated address presented to A.P. Freeman, as a member of the M.C.C. touring party to Australia in 1928/29 by the M.C.C. The address framed in a highly decorative carved gilt frame depicting cricket bats, belts, stumps, balls, cricket tent to top and floral decoration.
Estimate £400/600
Hammer price: £1700

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Lot 1035. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1882. 19th edition. Original paper wrappers. Rarely seen in this condition.
Estimate £700/1000
Hammer price: £800

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Lot 504. 'The Late Mr William Davies from the painting by Thos Henwood'. Fine and scarce lithograph of Davies, by and after Thomas Henwood and printed by M&N Hanhart c1840. An excellent study in character and a very rarely seen cricket lithograph.
Estimate £1000/1500
Hammer price: £2600

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Lot 359. 'Surrey v Cambridgeshire 1861'. Original, scarce and very early presentation silk scorecard for the match played at the Kennington Oval on the 27th to 29th June 1861. Excellent printed vignette 'F. Lillywhite's Cricket Score' with scoring tent and players to sides to top border. The scorecard was presented to Henry Perkins the Captain of Cambridgeshire who was at the wicket when the winning runs were scored, by Frederick Lillywhite and there is an ink inscription to the lower half of the scorecard which reads 'Presented by Fred Lillywhite to H. Perkins Esq'. A signed presentation scorecard from Fred Lillywhite rarely seen.
Estimate £500/800
Hammer price: £1900

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Gordon Phillips, Wisden Cricketers Almanack 2003

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