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.

Lot 335:
Lot 335
'Eton v Harrow at Lords'. Edited by Sir Home Gordon. London 1926. Eton limited edition of 325 copies, this being number 164. Original decorative covers. Owner's name, 'W.H. Patterson 1926' handwritten in ink to verso of limitation page. Some wear to covers and fading to spine, internally in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £48
William Henry Patterson attended Harrow School and played in the drawn match v Eton at Lord's in 1877 having had his cricket kit stolen while travelling to Lord's by carriage. He subsequently played first class cricket for Oxford University and Kent 1880-1900, and was joint captain of Kent 1890-1893. He was later President of Kent C.C.C. and served on the M.C.C. committee
Lot 336:
Lot 336
Cyril Mowbray Wells. Cambridge University, Surrey & Middlesex 1891-1909. Presentation display of photographs of Eton College House teams for the period 1917 to 1920. The display with title to top border 'C.M. Wells. House Cricket XI's' and Eton Collage emblem to centre of title. Below are four photographs of the Junior XI 1917, House XI 1917, House XI 1919 and House XI 1920 which are mounted to board. The photographs feature some players who went on to eventually play first class and Test cricket. Players include G.O. Allen (Middlesex & England), W.W. Hill-Wood (Derbyshire), A.C. Gore (Army). Each photograph is titled with players names written beneath. Hills & Saunders Esq. Framed and glazed, overall 18"x15". G/VG. Previously sold by Christies in the M.C.C. Bicentenary auction as lot 448, 13th April 1987.
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £55
Cyril Mowbray Wells was Assistant Master and Housemaster at Eton College from 1893-1926
Lot 337:
Lot 337
'Gentlemen v Players at The Oval. July 10th-12th 1913'. Official photograph of the Gentlemen team, with the two umpires, who played in the match. The photograph laid down to mount with titles above and players names printed below. Players include P.F. Warner (Cpt), Douglas, Fender, Falcon, Jessop, Day, Bird, Simms etc. The photograph appears to be in its original gilt mount and original frame. The photograph measures 6.5"x4.5" and overall in the frame 16.5"x13.5". Good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £35
The match was drawn, Jessop top scored for the Gentlemen with 81 and 107, Simms taking eight and Falcon seven wickets in the match
Lot 338:
M.C.C. [S.B. Joel's] tour of South Africa 1924/25. Large mono photograph of the 'Union-Castle Line to South and East Africa. R.M.S. Edinburgh Castle 13,330 tons' which took the team to South Africa. Signed to the face of the photograph, above and below the ship by sixteen members of the touring party including Tennyson, Holmes, Russell, Jameson, Gilligan, Geary, Marriott, Bartley, Tyldesley, Bowley, MacBryan, Parker, Stanhope Henry Joel etc. The photograph laid down to large official photographers mount with titles above and below the photograph. Minor wear, Some light fading to the majority of the signatures otherwise in good condition. A rare signed photograph
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 339:
Lot 339
Cricket candids 1930s-1960s. Small black album comprising thirteen mono candid photographs and three modern colour photographs. Four earlier photographs are each signed by the featured player. Signatures are Bryan Valentine playing for Kent v All India 1932, Arthur McIntyre wearing M.C.C. touring blazer, a trimmed mono press photograph of E.R.T. Holmes taking a slip catch etc. Other earlier images feature players including John Hayes on the New Zealand tour to England 1958, Tom Graveney and Alan Watkins walking off the field for England v India, Leeds 1952, Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie of Hampshire at Eastbourne 1958 etc. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £45
Lot 340:
Lot 340
Australia. Victoria State cricketers c1920s. Original mono photograph of thirteen former Victoria cricketers in later years, seated and standing in rows, the majority in suits. Players featured include Woodfull, Liddicut, Mayne, Ellis, Park, Ransford, Hartkopf, Grimmett etc. The photograph by C.F. Frazer of Melbourne, probably dating from the late 1940s, measures 7.75"x6", laid to official photographer's mount, overall 12"x9.75". Pin hole to top border of the mount, the photograph in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £25
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Douglas Vivian Parson Wright. Kent & England 1932-1957. Official album of a 'Pictorial Record of your visit to West Rand Consolidated Mines, Limited, Krugersdorp, Transvaal' comprising fifty mono photographs of the gold mining processes, offices and sporting facilities, each photograph with accompanying printed titles in white, with matching title to front cover, title page and introductory notes. The front cover also personalised to 'D.V.P. Wright'. The album was presented to Wright on the 1948/49 M.C.C. tour to South Africa when the team visited the mines. Two photographs measure 6.5"x4.25", the remainder 3.25"x2.25". G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £150
Lot 342:
Lot 342
'J.J. Reid's Benefit. Gentlemen of the South v Players of the South. Kennington Oval July 1920'. Original mono photograph of the two Captains, Percy Fender and Jack Hobbs meeting and greeting J.J. Reid, the pavilion attendant at The Oval, for whose benefit the match was played 3rd- 6th July 1920. The photograph, nicely signed in black ink by Reid, Fender and Hobbs. 8.25"x6.25", is laid to photographer's mount with printed title to lower border, overall 10.5"x8.5". Tear to right edge of the mount, the photograph in very good condition. A nice image
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £85
The Players' team for Reid's benefit match was made up of some big names of the time including Hobbs, Hearne, Hendren, Ducat, Sandham, Dipper, Hitch, Strudwick etc. Hobbs won the toss, elected to bat and amassed 551 runs for nine wickets on the first day. Percy Fender, captain of the Gentlemen, had a problem having only ten players. On the rest day he called on his uncle, Percy Herbert, a useful club cricketer, to make up the numbers and make his first-class debut. Sadly for Herbert, rain washed out the remaining two days. This was Herbert's first and only first-class match, but he didn't even make it on to the field of play
Lot 343:
Lot 343
South Africa tour to England 1951. Large official black & white team photograph of the South African touring party. Laid to photographer's mount and signed by seventeen of the touring party to lower mount. Signatures include Nourse, Rowan, Endean, Mann, McGlew, McLean, Cheetham etc. Fading to four signatures, all legible. Photograph by 'The Sport & General Press Agency, Fleet Street London' measures 12"x8.5", overall 20"x15". Previously sold by Knights in January 2000. Some staining to one corner of mount otherwise an excellent image in very good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £30
Lot 344:
Lot 344
M.C.C. tour of Australia & New Zealand 1946/47. Excellent and original large mono press photograph of the M.C.C. team walking out to field in the tour match against Wellington, with a portly Wally Hammond, as Captain leading them out in front of the pavilion. The match was played at the Basin Reserve, Wellington on the 10th-12th March 1947. The photograph has been signed to the image by all eleven members of the M.C.C. team in black ink. Signatures are Hammond, Evans, Compton, Fishlock, Voce, Bedser, Pollard, Edrich, Washbrook, Ikin and Smith. Minor fading to odd signature otherwise in good condition. The photograph measures 14.5"x11", laid to mount which in turn is laid to backing board, overall 19"x16". An iconic image of the post war M.C.C. team. Water staining to the mount, not affecting the image which is in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £140
M.C.C. won the first match of the New Zealand leg of the tour by 214 runs. Washbrook made 68 & 133, Voce took eight and Bedser seven wickets in the match, Wellington being bowled out for 73 in their second innings
Lot 345:
Lot 345
M.C.C. tour to Australia 1924/25. Official mono photograph of the M.C.C. touring party seated and standing in rows wearing tour blazers. Fully signed to the photograph in ink by all eighteen members of the touring party. Signatures are Gilligan (Captain), Douglas, Hobbs, Woolley, Hearne, Strudwick, Bryan, Tyldesley, Tate, Wysall, Chapman, Sandham, Kilner, Hendren, Freeman, Sutcliffe, Howell and Toone (Manager). The photograph by W.S. Smith of Adelaide is laid flush to mount, 15.5"x12.5". Some browning and/ or fading to signatures, all legible. Small hole to centre, wear and bumping to extremities, otherwise a nice image in good condition
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £120
Lot 346:
Lot 346
'Herbert Sutcliffe's Yorkshire Eleven v Yorkshire Farmers, July 19th 1928'. Original mono photograph of the team seated and standing in rows wearing cricket attire, some in blazers and caps, on a very blustery day. Venue not known. Yorkshire players featured include Sutcliffe, Robinson, Worsley, Oldroyd, Mitchell, Jacques, Bayes, Dennis, Wood and Barber. Printed title, match result, and players' names to mount borders. 'Result Sutcliffe's XI 146 all out. Yorkshire Farmers 116 for 6 wickets'. The photograph by a York studio measures 11.5"x9.25", mounted, framed and glazed overall 18.5"x15". G
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £50
Lot 347:
Lot 347
South Africa tour to England 1935. Official mono photograph of the South African touring party seated and standing in rows wearing cricket attire. Nicely signed in black ink by all fifteen players and the manager, Snooke. Players' signatures are Wade (Captain), Dalton, Cameron, Vincent, Nourse, Tomlinson, Siedle, Viljoen, Mitchell, Bell, Crisp, Langton, Rowan, Williams and Balaskas. Handwritten dedication in ink to top left corner of the mount, 'To Percy, Wishing you every thing of the best. Yours sincerely Bob [Crisp?]'. The photograph measures 11.5"x8", laid to photographer's mount, overall 17.5"x14". Photographer unknown. VG
Estimate: £120/160
Hammer price: £130

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