Cricket Ephemera From The Estate Of Kingsmill Key, Surrey C.C.C. 1892-1904

Sir Kingsmill James Key, Oxford University & Surrey 1892-1904. Kingsmill Key was a middle order batsman and slow off break bowler who played for Surrey from 1882-1904, he captained the side from 1894 to 1899 with considerable success, winning the County Championship in that six year period on three occasions (1894, 1895 & 1899), finishing 2nd once and 4th in the other two seasons. He is quoted as a 'A man of most original views, an always philosophic cricketer and an imperturbable captain'. His highest score was 281 for Oxford University v Middlesex in 1887. He went on Sanders tour of North America in 1886, Hawke's tour of North America in 1891 and Oxford University Authentics tour of India 1902/03. A noted rugby player, he gained his blue at Oxford. He died in August 1932, at the age of 67, from poisoning after an insect bite.

The following thirteen lots are being sold by indirect descent by the vendor, Kingsmill Key's Wife Helen Key being his Great Aunt.

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M.C.C. tour of South Africa 1938/39. 'Timeless Test Series'. 'The Union-Castle Royal Mail Motor Vessel. Athlone Castle, 25,550 tons. Union-Castle Line to South and East Africa'. Official mono photograph of the R.M.M.V. Athlone Castle, the ship which took the M.C.C. team to South Africa in October 1938. The photograph has been laid down to photographers mount and the photograph has been signed to the skyline above the ship of the photograph by all fifteen members of the touring party. Signatures are W.R. Hammond (Captain), L.E.G.Ames, B.H. Valentine, W.J. Edrich, P.A. Gibb, K. Farnes, L. Hutton, R.T.D. Perks, D.V.P. Wright, H. Verity, E. Paynter, L.L. Wilkinson, T.W.J. Goddard, H.T. Bartlett and N.W.D. Yardley. The photograph measures 10.5"x7.5" and overall in frame, 21"x18.5". Very good condition with signatures strong and bright. Again, a rarely seen tour photograph especially in this signed form and condition
Estimate: £400/600
The 5th Test happened to be the longest Test match ever and finished in a draw!, and would subsequently known as 'The Timeless Test'. It started on the 3rd March and finished , still undecided on the 14th March when the tourists began a two day rail trip back to the Ship in Cape Town. It was the longest first class match ever played (10 days) and produced the highest aggregate (1981 runs). England's 654-5 remains the highest 4th innings total in all first class cricket. Hammond made 140 in the England 2nd innings, Paynter played and made 62 & 75. In this 'Timeless Test' series, England won 1-0
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M.C.C. tour of South Africa 1938/39. Large and impressive official black and white photograph of the M.C.C. team who toured South Africa in 1938/39, seated and standing in rows and wearing cricket attire and M.C.C. sweaters. The photograph is laid down to the official photographers mount, with title to top border with players names printed to lower border, very nicely signed in ink to lower border by seventeen members of the touring party featured including the Manager A.J. Holmes and Bill Ferguson, scorer. Signatures are W.R. Hammond (Cpt), L. Hutton, W.J. Edrich, D.V.P. Wright, H. Verity, T.W. Goddard, R.T.D. Perks, P.A. Gibb, K. Farnes, L.L. Wilkinson, B.H. Valentine, H.T. Bartlett, E. Paynter, L.E.G. Ames, N.W.D. Yardley plus Holmes and Ferguson. The photograph measures 14.75"x11" and overall 22"x20.5". Very good condition. Excellent image. Once again, a rare photograph in this signed form
Estimate: £500/700
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M.C.C. tour to South Africa 1948/49. Original mono photograph of the M.C.C. touring party, seated and standing in rows in cricket attire and tour blazers. Nicely signed in ink to the lower border by all nineteen players and officials. Players' signatures include Mann (Captain), Hutton, Compton, Palmer, Jenkins, Gladwin, A. Bedser, Washbrook, Tremlett, Young, Crapp, Simpson, Watkins etc. The photograph measures 11.5"x9.25". Mounted, framed and glazed, overall 17"x15". Minor staining to mount, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £80/120
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M.C.C. in South Africa 1956/57. Original mono press photograph of the touring party seated and standing in rows wearing cricket attire with Table Mountain, Cape Town in the background. The photograph laid down to photographer's mount with printed title and players names to lower border. Players include P.B.H. May (Captain), Insole, Bailey, Statham, Cowdrey, Laker, Evans etc. Photograph by 'Cape Times', 11.5"x9.5". Mounted framed and glazed, overall 16.5"x14.5". Minor stains to mount otherwise in good condition. Sold with a similar slightly smaller official photograph of the 'M.C.C. Australasian Tour 1965-66'. The team, standing and seated in rows, wearing M.C.C. touring blazers. The photograph laid down to photographers mount. Players include Cowdrey (Cpt), Smith, Barrington, Murray, Larter, Parfitt, Boycott, Edrich, Titmus etc. The photograph, by Frank Boase of Malvern, South Australia. 12.25"x11.5". Good condition. Qty 2
Estimate: £50/70
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England v West Indies 1939. Third Test, The Oval, 19th-22nd August 1939. Large and impressive original oversize sepia press photograph from the first day of the final Test. Walter Keeton, England's opening batman looks back at his wicket to see one bail dislodged having been bowled out by Tyrell Johnson, first ball. Len Hutton is at the non-striker's end. The photograph by Central Press Photos measures 9'x11'. Small crease to top right corner, otherwise in very good condition. A nice image
Estimate: £40/60
Making his Test debut, Johnson took the wicket of Keeton with his very first ball. Weeks (137) for West Indies, Hutton (165no) and Hammond (138) scored centuries in the drawn match
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England v West Indies 1939. Third Test, The Oval, 19th-22nd August 1939. Large oversize original sepia press photograph from the first day of the final Test. Norman Oldfield, making his Test debut for England, is caught at the wicket by Sealey off the bowling of Constantine for 80, with the close fielders celebrating. England captain, Walter Hammond, is at the non-striker's end. The photograph by Central Press Photos measures 11'x7'. Very good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Not only was this Test match Oldfield's debut, it was the only Test in which he played
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M.C.C. tour to Australia 1950/51. Excellent large oversize original sepia photograph of Freddie Brown standing in front of microphones to give a speech on the deck of the ship, 'Stratheden', with members of the touring party standing behind. The touring party left Tilbury on 14th September 1950. Players featured include Compton, Simpson, Bailey, Dewes, Sheppard, Warr, Hutton, Brown, Close, Bedser, McIntyre, Evans etc. The photograph by Central Press Photos, London, measures 12'x10'. Wear and tears to top and left edges, slight surface staining, otherwise a nice image in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
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Harold Larwood. Nottinghamshire & England 1924-1938. A superb large oversize original mono press photograph portrait of Larwood seated at a desk reading from the book, 'On Tour with Bradman' by Andy Flanagan, first published in Sydney, 1950. In the foreground is a cricket ball mounted with metal plaque on crossed bats and stumps base. The photograph with various date stamps to verso, the earliest 2nd January 1952, including one for 'People' magazine, Sydney. 11'x8.75'. Light vertical crease, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/80
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Australia tour to England 1953. 'Coronation Tour'. An excellent large original oversize mono press photograph of the Australian touring party wearing suits on board the 'Orcades' on their arrival at Southampton, 13th April 1953. To the centre front are Hassett (Captain) and George Davies (Manager), surrounded by Morris, Miller, Archer, Benaud, Tallon, Craig, Davidson, Johnston, Langley, Morris etc. The photograph by Central Press Photos, London, measures 12'x10'. Damage to top edge, light mark to centre, two small press crop marks, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
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Australia tour to England 1953. 'Coronation Tour'. An excellent large oversize original mono press photograph of action from the second day of the tour match, Surrey v Australians, The Oval, 9th-11th May 1953. The Australians with an attacking close field of three slips and two gullies, are appealing (successfully) for an L.B.W. decision off the bowling of Archer to dismiss Constable in Surrey's second innings. The photograph by Central Press Photos, London, measures 12'x10'. Minor damage to top edge, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Surrey were dismissed for only 58 in the first innings, Australia winning by an innings and 76 runs. Archer took eleven wickets in the match, which was scheduled for three days but completed in two
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The Ashes. England v Australia. Fifth Test, The Oval 1953. An excellent large oversize original sepia press photograph of action from the second day of the fifth and final Test at The Oval, 15th-19th August 1953. The Australians are appealing (successfully) for an L.B.W. decision off the bowling of Lindwall to dismiss Edrich in England's first innings. The photograph by Central Press Photos, London, measures 12'x10'. Small nicks to top edge, otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £50/70
England won by eight wickets to clinch the series 1-0, the first four matches having been drawn. Len Hutton top scored in the match with 82 in England's first innings
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The Ashes. England v Australia 1956. Two spectacular original press photographs of Ray Lindwall bowling with attacking close fields in the fifth and Final Test at The Oval, 23rd-28th August 1956. One image depicts Lindwall bowling with five slips to England's opener, Peter Richardson, Colin Cowdrey at the non-striker's end. 12'x10'. The other features Lindwall bowling with four slips and three leg slips. 10'x8'. Both images by Central Press Photos, London. Very good condition
Estimate: £50/70
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Australia. Bill O'Reilly and Stan McCabe. Large oversize original sepia photograph of O'Reilly and McCabe seated with one other in the stand, enjoying their testimonial match, Neil Harvey's XI v Ray Lindwall's XI, played at Sydney Cricket Ground, 5th-9th January 1957. The players are shown half length, smartly dressed in suits with S.C.G. members badges hanging from their button holes. Official stamp to verso 'Used 29 Jun 1957 [Sydney] Daily Sun'. Heavy horizontal crease and wear to edges, otherwise an excellent image. 12'x9.75'. Sold with a smaller original mono press photograph of O'Reilly in his shirtsleeves bowling to McCabe fully suited in the match. 8.5'x6.5'. Good condition. Qty 2
Estimate: £30/50
Neil Harvey's XI won by seven wickets. McCabe played his last first class match in November 1941. O'Reilly's final first class match was playing for Australia in the Test match against New Zealand, March 1946

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