Autographed Cricket Ephemera

Lot 40:
Lot 40
Orders of service. Four original orders of service for Tom Graveney, Worcester Cathedral 29th April 2016. David Sheppard, Liverpool Cathedral 23rd May 1997. Bob Appleyard, Bolton Abbey 31st March 2015. Brian Close, Leeds 30th September 2015. VG
Estimate: £30/40
Lot 41:
Lot 41
Orders of service. Four original orders of service for Frank Woolley, Canterbury Cathedral 18th November 1978. Leslie Ames, Canterbury Cathedral 11th May 1990. Stuart Surridge, Southwark Cathedral 16th June 1992. Geoffrey Howard, St. Mark's, Kennington Oval 28th March 2003. Some staining and creasing to the Woolley order of service, the others in good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Lot 42:
Lot 42
Australian cricketers' orders of service. Three original orders of service for Bill O'Reilly, Blakehurst 1992. Ray Lindwall, St. Stephen's Cathedral 27th June 1996. Also Alan McGilvray, St. Mark's Church, Darling Point 22nd July 1996. VG
Estimate: £30/40
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Lot 43
Lancashire C.C.C. Five original orders of service for Peter Marner 2007, Harry Pilling 2012, Winston Place 2002, Geoff Pullar 2015, and Alan West 2014. VG
Estimate: £30/40
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West Indies tour to England 1923. Unusual original 20,000 Mark 'Reichsbanknote' overprinted with details of the West Indies v Norfolk County Cricket Club match, played at Norwich, 22nd-24th August 1923. Presumably produced as a fundraising and membership recruitment exercise the overprinted details state 'New subscribers will also receive free one of these genuine 20000 Mark Reichbanknotes as a souvenir (worth £1000 in 1914.)'. Horizontal fold and minor ageing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
West Indies won the match by 231 runs. For West Indies Challenor scored 101 in their second innings and George John took eleven wickets in the match
Lot 45:
Lot 45
'Historic Bats. Biographical catalogue of the unique collection formed by Charles Pratt Green'. J.N. Pentelow. London 1931. Original paper wrappers. Some fading to wrappers, minor loss to head of spine otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Lot 46:
Lot 46
Dr. W.G. Grace. 'Down Went The Wicket!'. Humourous Cricket Song. Written by Rowland Colborn and composed by A.G. Colborn. c1890/1900. Original six page sheet music score with cover featuring W.G. Grace, full length, at the wicket wearing M.C.C. cap. The image, 'A Maker of Centuries: "W.G." at the Wicket', taken from an original photograph by Hawkins of Brighton. Music score to inner pages, with further specimen song 'The Wolves! or The Race for Life' to back page. The music score worn and pages becoming brittle, browning and staining, small loss to edges with repairs otherwise in generally good condition. A rarely seen score featuring Grace
Estimate: £60/90
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Lot 47
John Arlott. England v Australia. Prudential Trophy 1972. Four page original typed manuscript written by Arlott for The Guardian newspaper. The report covers the second one day international, England v Australia, Lord's, 26th August 1972 which Australia won by five wickets to level the three match series. Arlott describes Australia as 'Playing with far greater determination and technical application that when they lost the first match of the series... England apart from Close batted indecisively; for Australia the bowling of Mallett and Lillee and the steady, well judged innings of Stackpole, the two Chappells and Sheahan were decisive... Lillee, this time, bowled from his full run and in his second over he beat Boycott with a purely straight ball of such high pace that it howled through an embryo stroke and whipped out the middle stump... Close played such an innings as is rare in over-limit cricket which simultaneously secured the innings and gave it powerful impetus'. Arlott describes the run out of Close and how 'It can be argued the match was decided in that moment'. England's innings closed at 236 for nine. 'Some wayward bowling by Snow and Arnold gave the Australian innings an easy start... Stackpole thumped off the back foot and Ian Chappell struck with compact power... The younger [Greg] Chappell, who learnt much about the over-limit game while he was at Somerset, now paced the innings with sound understanding, playing his strokes with fastidious ease... Watson - with a runner - and Marsh brought the matter to a comfortable end...'. Handwritten alterations and deletions in Arlott's hand. G/VG
Estimate: £80/120
England went on to win the deciding match at Edgbaston by two wickets to win the three match series 2-1
Lot 48:
Lot 48
John Arlott. England v New Zealand 1973. Four original typed manuscripts written by Arlott for articles for The Guardian newspaper. The reports covers the second Test, England v New Zealand, Lord's, 21st-26th June 1973, with one article for play on days one (five page report), two, four and five (each four pages). On day one Arlott describes England, having been put in by New Zealand captain, Congdon, playing 'some injudicious strokes but five missed chances - all four main scorers were dropped early in their innings - let them escape to a score which their bowlers might yet make respectable'. The weather is described as 'a steamy atmosphere'. Boycott is described 'hooking Taylor for six, a stroke peremptory as the crack of a ring master's whip'. Later in the day with wickets falling regularly 'the English innings became a salvage operation carried out by Greig with the inordinately long tail as his junior partners'. England finished the first day on 240/9. At the end of the second day's play 'New Zealand are now 53 runs behind England with seven wickets left... [with] New Zealand favourites to win'. The pitch is described as 'firm but true... while encouraging stroke making... Snow bowled with pace, immaculate control... Arnold at the other end swung the ball within so precise a line...'. Congdon finished on 100no. Reporting after the close of play on day four, with New Zealand declaring their innings at 559/9 and England ending 224/2, Arlott comments 'New Zealand pressed towards the decision between a draw and their first win over England', England's chance of a win having already been written off by bookmakers. Arlott comments on how New Zealand 'strove to score quickly in the morning and urged on by some richly bibulous and exaggeratedly Antipodean exhortations from the tavern, bowled with all their hearts and fielded like dervishes'. In the fifth day's report Arlott notes the 'For the second time in successive Tests New Zealand had clear sight of their first win over against England; once more at Lord's yesterday, they could not grasp it... From hour to hour the balance of probability changed. In an atmosphere of dramatic suspense, New Zealand strove to win, England to save the game... Only in the last hour could England feel themselves truly safe'. Handwritten alterations and deletions in Arlott's hand. G/VG
Estimate: £140/180
With the first two matches in the three Test series both drawn, New Zealand had the opportunity to win a series in England for the first time
Lot 49:
Lot 49
John Arlott. England v West Indies 1973. Four original typed manuscripts written by Arlott for articles for The Guardian newspaper. The reports covers the second Test, England v West Indies, Edgbaston, 9th-14th August 1973, with one article each for play on days one (four page article), two (five pages), four (four pages) and five (three pages). With the West Indies having won the toss and electing to bat, Arlott described the first day's play with 'England, with characteristic tenacity, confined West Indies to 190 runs for five wickets in a full six hours' play on a fair wicket... Only one West Indian played a significant innings: Fredericks... [who] batted all day for 98'. Having dropped a catch off Headley, Arlott states 'For Essex Fletcher constantly holds all but improbable catches; in Tests he seems a compulsive dropper'. Illingworth bowled for three and a half hours, 'At one point Illingworth had bowled eighteen overs, thirteen of them maidens, for six runs'. Day two is summarised by Arlott as being of 'little pleasure for players or spectators... the standard of play fell from splendour to grim restriction... the possibility of the game being revived to a pleasurable entertainment is now depressingly distant'. West Indies has closed their innings 327 all out (Fredericks 150) and England closed on 96/0. Arlott also reports on a dispute before play started when 'one of the umpires, Arthur Fagg, declared he would withdraw from the match unless Kanhai apologised for his reaction to a decision of the previous day. The Warwickshire coach, Alan Oakman, 'stood' for the first over when Fagg came on, saying that all had been resolved'. At the close of play on day four Arlott reports that 'The harmony of reasonable competition [had] returned... West Indies finished the day 227 in front with five second innings left... a draw is still the likeliest outcome.' The report on the final day's play confirmed the predicted draw, 'which neither side deserved to win'. Sold with a five page report on Kent beating Worcestershire to win the Benson and Hedges Cup at Lord's, 21st July 1973. Handwritten alterations and deletions in Arlott's hand. G/VG
Estimate: £150/250
West Indies won the three match Test series 2-0 with the Edgbaston Test drawn
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Lot 50
John Arlott. Middlesex v Gloucestershire, 2nd-4th May 1973. Original three page typed manuscript written by Arlott for an article for The Guardian newspaper. Writing at the close of play on the opening match of the 1973 County Championship season, Arlott describes how 'The perennial uncertainty of Maytime form produced an interestingly uneven pattern of play at Lord's yesterday. Gloucestershire, in a couple of bursts of enterprise, hauled themselves from the brink of collapse to an upright position'. Sold with a official match scorecard for the match annotated in hand by Arlott. VG
Estimate: £60/80
The rain affected match ended in a draw with no play possible on the second day
Lot 51:
Lot 51
'A Cricketer's Song written by Daniel H.C. Nelson, and sung at one of the meetings of the East Surrey Cricket Club, in the season of 1831'. Rare original manuscript, handwritten in ink in neat copperplate of the song subsequently published by J. Chappell of London. The poem refers to fifteen club members, beginning with the veteran Rich, ending with the umpire Dick and the author, Nelson. The sixth verse is dedicated to Wanostrocht ('Felix'), 'a model for all, and the Pink of our Club'. Owner's signature in ink to the front page of Geo Rich who, as 'the Veteran Rich', is the subject of the second and third verses. The manuscript has also been annotated in pencil, presumably by the owner, Rich, with the letters A-E, which refer to notes published in the printed version relating to four of the featured players and the church near the Club ground. The booklet is contained in a modern blue cloth slip case. A copy of the printed version was sold by Knights in 2016 for £2,400. Horizontal and vertical folds, wear to spine and some ageing, otherwise in good condition for its age
Estimate: £1800/2500
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West Kent v Australia 1934. Official printed sheet for the 'order of play' for the golf match played at West Kent Golf Club on the 29th April 1934. Title to top of sheet and players names below in 'order of play' number. All twenty of the touring party took part including the manager Bushby etc. Signed to the back of the sheet by thirteen participants, mainly in pencil, including Arthur Mailey with small self portrait caricature drawn by him, Don Bradman, Fairfax, Ponsford, Ebeling, Brown, O'Reilly, Grimmett, McCabe, Barnet, Kippax etc. The sheet with worn fold marks, small hole to centre, nicks to edge of folds, some minor soiling otherwise in good condition. An unusual autographed piece of ephemera from the 1934 tour
Estimate: £100/150
This golf match was played just prior to the opening tour match against Worcestershire. 'On Sunday 29th April 1934 the Australian cricketers paid a visit to the course to play a team from the West Kent club. The winners for the Australians were L Darling and A Mailey, who respectively, beat E Borradaile by 8&7 and L W Fyson by 3&1. The best golfers of the Australian cricketers were S McCabe who halved with Francis McGloin jun., and Don Bradman. The latter was partnered by C L Leman, a club member, in a foursome and they won by a hole against C Grimmett and B S Farnfield, a West Kent member'.
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Australia 1934. Official 'Australian XI English Tour 1934' Orient Line R.M.S. Orford' brochure. The brochure is fully and nicely signed in black ink by all eighteen members of the touring party including the management. Signatures include Woodfull, Bradman, Chipperfield, Fleetwood-Smith, Grimmett, McCabe, Ponsford, O'Reilly, Barnett, Darling, Oldfield, Kippax etc. Minor soiling and age toning to pictorial wrappers and rusting to staple area. Signatures good
Estimate: £300/400
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Lot 54
'Luncheon Hosted by The Honourable Bob Carr M.P. Premier of New South Wales & Mrs Helena Carr in honour of the Success of the Australian Cricket Team West Indies Tour 1995. Official menu for the Luncheon held on the 29th June 1995 at Parliament House to the Australian touring party on their return from the West Indies 1995. Signed to the front cover by fifteen members of the party. Signatures include Bobby Simpson, Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor, Ian Healey, Greg Blewett, Tim May, Michael Slater, Mark Waugh, Paul Reiffel, Glen McGrath, David Boon etc in various coloured pens. VG
Estimate: £50/80
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John Berry 'Jack' Hobbs. Surrey & England 1905-1934. Official menu for 'The Cricket Match of the Season' luncheon held for the charity match J.B. Hobb's XI v Wimbledon & District XVIII, 17th September 1927. The four page menu nicely signed in ink to the front cover by thirteen players. Notable signatures include Jack Hobbs, Percy Fender, Andrew Sandham, Herbert Strudwick, Albert Geary, Hugh Dales, Thomas Shepherd, Andrew Ducat, Maurice Tate etc. No record of the match can be found. Small tear to fold, minor ageing, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £50/70
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Lancashire C.C.C. 1990. Record score 863. Official menu for the end of season 'Sportsman's Dinner' held at Old Trafford, 21st September 1990, the season in which Lancashire made their record score of 863, against Surrey. The menu signed by all eleven members of the Lancashire team including Neil Fairbrother who made his record score of 366. Other signatures include Mendis, Fowler, Atherton, Watkinson, Hegg, DeFreitas, Patterson etc. Sold with a signed mono press photograph of Fairbrother etc. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
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Yorkshire C.C.C. Rare and unusual official menu for the dinner held at the Royal Victoria Ground, Sheffield, 24th November 1938. The dinner was held to celebrate the birthdays of Herbert Sutcliffe and Harry Genders, father of Roy Genders (Derbyshire, Worcestershire & Somerset 1946-1949). The menu with decorative front cover and red ribbon tie is in the style of a scoreboard showing Herbert Sutcliffe 'not out 44' and Harry Genders 'not out 56', 'Total for 0 wickets 100'. Signed to the inside front cover in pencil by nine attendees including Sutcliffe. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
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Len Hutton. One page handwritten letter, dated 7th August 1986, regarding signing books at Trent Bridge 'You will find me near the press box or nearby'. Sold with a signed copyright photograph of Hutton and Arthur Mitchell walking out to bat at Headingley, signed by Hutton and two other items signed by Hutton. G
Estimate: £30/50
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Lot 59
Sir William Worsley. One page handwritten letter on 'Sir William Worsley, Hovingham Hall' headed paper to Ron Yeomans of the Cricket Society regarding severing his connection as a patron of the Society, taking his name off the official letter head.... Signed in ink by Worsley. The letter undated but marked 29th July. VG
Estimate: £40/60
Sir William Worsley captained Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1928 and 1929, his only seasons of first-class cricket. The county lost only twice whilst Worsley was captain. He was President of Yorkshire CCC from 1960, until his death in 1973 and was President of the MCC in 1962.
Lot 60:
Lot 60
Australian tour of England 1896. Original printed 'Australian XI 1896' headed letter from the Australian tour manager, Harry Musgrove, to the Manageress of the Flying Horse Hotel, Nottingham regarding outstanding team members accounts, the letter dated 29th June 1896. The letter sent from the Alexandra Hotel, Bradford. 'Will you kindly post tomorrow without fail, individual accounts of those members of the team to whom you have not already given them, for their residence at your hotel. We are not very comfortable here, and would be pleased if you could post 'The Flying Horse', in the same envelope...'. Nicely signed by Musgrove. Clean tear to letter where the letter has been horizontally folded otherwise in good condition. A rare letter on official tour letterhead from the 1896 Australian tour
Estimate: £150/250
The Australian team had just played Nottinghamshire in a tour match from the 25th-27th June 1896 and had moved onto play Yorkshire at Bradford on the 29th June-1st July. They obviously found the hotel accommodation in Nottingham preferable to their Bradford accommodation....
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Lot 61
Gilbert Laird Jessop. Gloucestershire, Oxford University & England, 1894-1914. Handwritten one page letter, on St George's, Dorchester headed paper, the letter dated 31st August 1948, to a Mr Moberly. 'I am glad you enjoyed the visit to Lord's. It was a great occasion to witness Bradman's farewell to the Premier Club. What a tremendous run getting machine he has been. I knew Russell Bencraft very well and served on many Committees with him- but I don't remember your Uncle "J.C."- Gloucester had W.O. Moberly- a master at Clifton- and he served on the Committee when I took over from "W.G." - "W.O." was a fine bat and shared in a partnership with "W.G." of over 200 runs. Tempus fugit [Time flies]. Nicely signed 'Gilbert L. Jessop'. Excellent letter from Jessop with very good cricket and W.G. Grace reference. G/VG. Sold with a Members Enclosure ticket for the Oxford v Cambridge match at Lord's, 6th July 1953, signed in ink by Jessop. VG. Qty 2
Estimate: £80/120
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Lot 62
Leonard 'Len' Hutton. Yorkshire & England 1934-1955. Single page handwritten letter in ink from Hutton to a Mr. Parkin, dated in pencil '17/1/83'. Hutton is responding to an enquiry about his first cap. 'I received my County cap at Bradford in 1936. There was nothing special about the occasion, just handed to me in the dressing room. I was very pleased of course, it all came as a surprise to me'. Signed 'Len Hutton'. Horizontal and vertical folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £25/35
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Lot 63
A.A. Thomson, cricket author. Single page handwritten letter to Mr Coldham from his London address, dated 19th November 1955. Thomson is writing to 'enclose a bit more of my M.S. for you to look at. Don't let it be a burden!'. The manuscript to which he refers may be for 'Cricket My Happiness' published in 1954. Signed in ink 'A.A.T.'. G
Estimate: £30/40
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Robert Arthur Thoms. First-class umpire 1826-1903. Undated two page handwritten note in ink in which Thoms makes observations about the introduction of white coats for umpires. "When I call to mind that the most brilliant exhibitions of batting and sterling defence that I have witnessed have been made at the time when "Umpires" were not decked with white coats, makes me come to the conclusion that the game would have flourished equally as well without this supposed adventitious aid to the batsmen - and I am quite sure that "W.G" and others... who originally performed without this adjunct... will be of the same opinion. I well recollect the first time I came across the white coats was at Scarborough... when my brother umpire brought out a couple of them and I chaffingly remarked for what are these for to keep us warm. No! he replied, they are to help the batsman to see better. See better I replied, well I have just lately watched Jupp in for two days and that is long enough for me - and he thought so too - and we did not wear them'. Thoms also writes of 'when England first met Australia at the "Oval" in 1880, the most historical and momentous match that was ever player or ever will be'. He recalls the brilliant batting of 'Lord Harris, "W.G.", Freddie Grace, A.P. Lucas, A.G. Steele, Barnes, Willie Murdoch and Percy McDonnell... and Prince Ranjitsinhji'. An excellent first hand recollection. Some creasing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £120/160
Robert Arthur "Bob" Thoms (1826-1903) was a first-class cricket umpire who stood in two Test Matches, the first two played in England, in 1880 and 1882. His long umpiring career in first-class matches lasted from 1863 to 1900. When he died, The Times said that he was "the most famous umpire the game has known". He played in three first-class matches in the period 1850-1851: one for an Under 36 XI, one for Marylebone Cricket Club and Metropolitan Clubs and one for the All England Eleven. His umpiring partner in many of the more prominent matches was R.P. Carpenter
Lot 65:
Lot 65
Cyril Washbrook. Lancashire & England 1933-1959. Two page handwritten letter in ink to 'Morgyn' dated 20th August 1978, written at Old Trafford. Morgyn had written while recovering from being knocked down by a car, requesting a photograph. Washbrook replies, 'I regret that I am unable to produce a photograph. Over the years there have been so many requests for these things that I have no more available'. Nicely signed 'Cyril Washbrook'. G
Estimate: £30/40
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Lot 66
Ron Yeomans, Northern Cricket Society. Single page typed letter to the collector H.W. Warner, dated 'March 21st' c1960. Yeomans is offering a selection of cricketana for sale, including a photograph of the first England team to tour Australia 1861/62, a W.G. Grace handkerchief, and a Lillywhite scorecard of 1859. G
Estimate: £20/30
Yeomans was the secretary of the N.C.S. and also a keen collector
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Lot 67
Brian Johnston. Single printed page of a thirty two line poem written by Richard Stilgoe for Johnston's memorial service held at Westminster Abbey, 16th May 1994. The page features colour caricatures of Johnston to the top corners, one of him as a flying angel carrying an 'angel cake', the other of Johnston in wicket keeping attire. Below the poem to the lower border, a line of people are queuing to enter the 'heavenly' Grace gates. One verse describes Johnston as 'the maverick new angel with ears like wings and co-respondent shoes'. VG
Estimate: £25/35
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Alexander Josiah Webbe. Oxford University, Middlesex & England 1875-1900. Four page handwritten letter in ink from Webbe to M.J. Dauglish, Captain of the Harrow eleven in 1886. In the letter on black edged mourning paper with matching envelope, Webbe states 'how very sorry I am we didn't pull the match off yesterday. I was told the Eton bowling did it, and the general opinion was that Bromley-Davenport and Mordaunt bowled better than anyone we have seen in the school match for some years. Our bowling was decidedly weak, I certainly thought both Ramsey and Maclaren would have bowled better than they did'. Webbe continues by praising the Harrow fielding and the personal efforts of Dauglish and his captaincy. Signed 'A.J. Webbe'. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
The match played at Lord's 9th & 10th July 1886 was won by Eton by six wickets, Bromley-Davenport taking nine wickets in the match and Foley top scoring in Eton's first innings with 114 runs
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Lot 69
Stanley Winckworth Scott. Middlesex 1878-1893. Two page handwritten letter in ink from Scott replying to a request for his autograph from a lady collector. The letter dated 12th March 1889 and signed 'Stanley W. Scott'. Small adhesive marks to top edges, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £70/100
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Lot 70
Perceval Jeffrey Thornton Henery. Middlesex & Oxford University 1879-1894. Single page letter handwritten letter in ink from Henery replying to information relating to his birth place and date. 'I have to tell you that I was born in London on June 6th 1859'. The letter is dated 7th October 1890, and signed 'Percy J. T. Henery'. Small adhesive marks to corners, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £70/100
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Lot 71
James George Walker. Oxford University & Middlesex 1880-1890. Small single page letter handwritten letter in ink from Walker replying to a request for his autograph from a lady collector. The letter is undated, and signed 'J.G. Walker'. Small adhesive marks to lower corners, one slightly affecting the signature, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
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Lot 72
Edward Maitland Hadow. Middlesex 1883-1893. Single page handwritten letter in ink from Hadow replying to a request for his autograph from a lady collector. The letter dated 10th April 1889 and signed 'E. Maitland Hadow'. Small adhesive marks to corners, one slightly affecting the signature, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £70/100
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Lot 73
Evan Alcock Nepean. Oxford University & Middlesex 1887-1895. Two page handwritten letter in ink from Nepean replying to a request for his autograph. The letter dated 9th June 1889 and signed 'Evan A. Nepean'. G/VG
Estimate: £70/100
Nepean was one of three members of his family to play for Middlesex
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Hylton Philipson. Oxford University, Middlesex & England 1887-1898. Three page handwritten letter in ink from Philipson replying to a request from a Miss Macdonald for his autograph, '[He] much regrets that it is impossible for him to procure at this time the signatures of any members of the Oxford eleven. The term is over and they are all separated'. The letter is dated 21st March 1889 and nicely signed 'H. Philipson'. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Philipson played only ten first class matches for Middlesex, but also made five Test appearances for England 1891-1895
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Arthur Kenelm Watson. Oxford University & Middlesex 1886-1894. Single page handwritten letter in ink from Watson replying to a request for his autograph from a lady collector and congratulating her on the completion of her collection. The letter dated 8th October 1889 and signed 'Arthur K. Watson'. Small adhesive marks to top corners, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/80
Watson played fifteen first class matches for Middlesex 1890-1894
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Lot 76
Francis Gilbertson Justice Ford. Middlesex, Cambridge University & England 1886-1899. Single page handwritten note in ink from Ford replying to a request for his autograph from a local cricket club. The letter dated 'Wednesday 20th' and nicely signed 'Francis G.J. Ford'. Small adhesive marks to corners, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Ford was one of three brothers to play for Middlesex
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Gregor MacGregor. Cambridge University, Middlesex & England 1888-1907. Single page handwritten letter in ink from MacGregor replying to a request for his autograph from a lady collector who is collecting signatures to raise funds for a local bazaar. The letter dated 10th September [1889?] and signed 'Gregor MacGregor'. Small adhesive marks to corners, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
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Cyril Pelham Foley. Cambridge University & Middlesex 1888-1906. Single page handwritten letter in ink from Foley replying to a request for his autograph from a lady collector. The letter dated 'Oct 2 [1889?]' and signed 'Cyril Foley'. Small adhesive marks to corners, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
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Malcolm Robert Jardine. Oxford University & Middlesex 1889-1892. Single page handwritten letter in ink from Jardine replying to a request for his autograph from a lady collector who is collecting signatures to raise funds for a local bazaar. The letter dated 'June 5 [1889?]' and signed 'M.R. Jardine'. Small adhesive marks to top corners, lower right corner trimmed, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Jardine played only six matches for Middlesex, all in 1892. He was the father of Douglas Jardine, future Captain of England in the infamous 'Bodyline' series of 1932/33
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Cyril Mowbray Wells. Cambridge University, Surrey & Middlesex 1891-1909. Two page handwritten letter in ink from Wells to an unknown recipient. The letter dated 31st March 1946 is written shortly after Wells has celebrated his 75th birthday and how he likes to enjoy his retirement fishing. Nicely signed 'C.M. Wells'. VG
Estimate: £40/60
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Lot 81
James Douglas. Cambridge University & Middlesex 1892-1913. Single page handwritten letter in ink from Douglas to an unknown recipient. Dated 16th April 1947, Douglas appears to be replying to an enquiry about 'survivors', presumably of the Second World War, referring to 'Hendren, young Jack Hearne & Sir Pelham Warner & I am glad to say both my brothers'. Nicely signed 'J. Douglas'. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
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Hugh Richard Bromley-Davenport. Cambridge University, Middlesex & England 1892-1899. Single page handwritten letter to a Mr Milne, dated 31st May 1934, replying to a request for his autograph. Nicely signed 'H.R. Bromley-Davenport'. Adhesive damage to verso, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/80
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Lot 83
Bernard James Tindal Bosanquet. Oxford University, Middlesex & England 1898-1919. Handwritten three page letter from Bosanquet to an unknown recipient. The letter appears to be of a political nature, 'but time would not permit me to enter upon a private correspondence on a subject of this matter, about which all that either of us could say has already been much better said than we could say it' and refers the correspondent to a translation of a publication which Bosanquet had previously supervised. The letter is dated 3rd November 1895 when aged eighteen and is signed by Bosanquet. G
Estimate: £100/150
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Pelham Francis 'Plum' Warner. Oxford University, Middlesex & England 1894-1920. Single page handwritten letter in ink from Warner to 'Onslow', dated '6th June c1920?]'. Warner is replying to an invitation and states 'I am afraid I am already full up for M.C.C. v Harrow on Saturday. Very sorry indeed as I would much have like to have given you a place if only as a relief from all your hard work in War Office'. Signed 'P.F. Warner'. Sold with a mono press photograph of Warner wearing a suit and holding a newspaper, an inscription to verso recording that the photograph was taken in 1920. 8"x6". G
Estimate: £50/70
The correspondent may be Denzil Onslow-Carleton who flew in the Royal Flying Corp during World War I and was the grandson of the Conservative politician, Denzil Onslow
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Robert Arthur Thoms. Excellent three page handwritten letter in ink from Thoms to Charles F. Pardon, Editor of Wisden, with good cricket content. Thoms appears to be commenting on an article, presumably for inclusion in Wisden, relating to Thoms' views on the l.b.w. law. 'I am pleased to think that the Number One Doctor [W.G. Grace?] - like myself - don't care to argue the l.b.w... I am glad to notify that the "Demon" is of the same idea as myself... and I may add that I have never had a single word with him on the subject'. In a postscript Thomas writes, 'Don't you think that "the well-known" umpire Robert Thoms writes" wd. be best; when they read about "famous" I shall get my rent rise'. The letter with address in ink by Thoms, 9 St. George's Road, Regents Park is undated. Nicely signed in black ink by Thoms. Slight trimming to top edge, light folds otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £120/160
Robert Arthur 'Bob' Thoms (1826-1903) was a first-class cricket umpire who stood in two Test Matches, the first two played in England, in 1880 and 1882.
Lot 86:
Lot 86
Timothy Carew O'Brien. Middlesex, Oxford University & England 1881-1898. Two page handwritten letter in ink dated 18th June 1889 from O'Brien to a lady collector requesting his autograph for a local Club. O'Brien also refers to an enquiry relating to a photograph, 'The only photograph of the Middlesex XI that I know of in 1888 was taken at Cheltenham for the newspaper called "Land & Water"'. Nicely signed 'Timothy C. O'Brien'. Minor ink smudging, staining and adhesive marks, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £120/160
Lot 87:
Lot 87
George James Warner Sinclair Holloway. Gloucestershire 1908-1911. Single page typed letter on Holloway Brothers Ltd of Stroud letterhead, dated 15th June 1959. Holloway is replying to a letter from John Arlott regarding information about A.E.J. Collins of Clifton College for an essay Arlott published in 1959. Nicely signed in ink by Holloway. Sold with a small selection of related unsigned typed correspondence from Arlott. Staple holes to top left corner, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Arthur Collins famously scored 628no in a house match at Clifton College in 1899. Holloway attended Clifton at the same time as Collins
Lot 88:
Lot 88 Lot 88
Vyell Edward Walker. Middlesex 1859-1877. Two page handwritten letter in ink from Walker to the cricket author, W.A. Bettesworth, dated 9th February 1900. 'You have rather puzzled me however this time. Mr Pallini has been to see me re 'A Talk' in Wiltshire Post[?]. I told him a few things but said he must not interfere with you on any account. He said he would write to you'. Nicely signed V. Edward Walker. Some adhesive marks, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Edward Walker was one of seven brothers, the 'Walkers of Southgate', who played for Middlesex. He captained Middlesex from 1864 to 1872
Lot 89:
Lot 89
Russell Donnithorne Walker. Oxford University & Middlesex 1861-1877. Single page handwritten letter in ink from Walker to 'Ben'. Written on Christmas Day (year unknown), Walker is writing, presumably in later years, to thank the correspondent for his staff's greetings and looks forward to future visits 'when the weather is suitable'. The letter is laid down to card with some underlining in red. G
Estimate: £60/90
Russell Walker was one of seven brothers, the 'Walkers of Southgate', who played for Middlesex. In later years he served on the committees of Middlesex and M.C.C. and served as President of Middlesex from 1906 until his death in 1922
Lot 90:
Lot 90 Lot 90
Isaac Donnithorne Walker. Middlesex 1862-1884. Three page handwritten letter in ink from Walker to M.J. Dauglish (Middlesex 1886-1890, nine matches). The letter is undated but probably written c1885 when Dauglish was Captain of the Harrow eleven. Following defeat in a school match Walker writes, 'Having seen so much of the boys this year you will know pretty well what my feelings were on Saturday by comparing them with your own. I have seen 2 Old Harrovians today... each made the same remark "Why on earth weren't the lobs tried more 2nd Jun"?' 'He continues ' have no cause to reproach yourself with the result; it was not your fault that in [the] 1st innings at any rate our batting & bowling were both sadly under the mark; and our general good fielding in the match was chiefly due to the trouble you took with the fellows during the term... It is no disgrace to be beaten by an Eleven that shewed such consistently good bowling...'. Nicely signed 'I.D. Walker'. Horizontal folds, otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Isaac Walker was the youngest of the seven Walker brothers of Southgate who all played for Middlesex. He took over the Middlesex captaincy from his brother Edward in 1873, and held the position until 1884
Lot 91:
Lot 91
John Arlott. Single page handwritten letter in ink on Arlott's 'Invicta Productions Ltd' letterhead, dated 31st January 1957 to 'Mr [Ted] Brown', bookseller. Arlott is writing to say that if 'the New Zealand or the South African non-European Almanack- or any other souvenir or cricket item should appear, I might be able to add it to the Wisden review at proof stage'. Nicely signed 'John Arlott'. VG
Estimate: £30/50
Lot 92:
Lot 92
K.A. Auty. Single page handwritten letter in ink on Chicago Cricket Club letterhead dated 22nd February 1949 to J.D. Coldham. Auty is replying to a Coldham letter concerning copies of Auty's annuals, having had spent around $10,000 in producing the annuals as a hobby. Auty refers to his old friend, Aubrey Smith, who had died recently and had helped him with distribution in the Far West of the States, helping to raise money for the British War Effort. The two men had been friends in the UK before they both moved to the States. He also mentions his own 'Cricket Xmas cards' of which he prints 475 each year 'but I had so many enquiries for more that I had to have them reprinted'. He closes with a reminder to Coldham that he is still looking for an 1875 Wisden., and asks 'Who bought the Chas Britton collection?'. Signed K.A. Auty. Horizontal fold and some creasing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £80/120
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Lot 93
Ronald Gorell Barnes. Oxford University & M.C.C. 1906-1920. Single page handwritten letter with accompanying poem, both on Lord's Cricket Ground letterhead. The letter to 'My Dear Harry [Altham] dated 10th July 1959 relates to 'some lines I scribbled on my way to Lord's this morning... They are the first, on cricket, I have written since the ones, now some years ago... dedicated to our dear old friend, Bill Findlay'. The opening lines of the poem read, 'Poor tottering mortal, did you then replay/ The games you joyed in fifty years ago'. The letter and poem both signed 'Gorell'. G/VG
Estimate: £50/80
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Lot 94
John Betjeman. Poet, writer and broadcaster. Single page typed letter on 43, Cloth Fair, London letterhead dated 15th December 1960. Writing to P.A.L. Barling, Betjeman states, 'I can't make definite arrangements more than three months ahead now; if I do I find I am always having to cancel things. If you will write again in, say, July, I can let you have a definite answer'. Signed in ink 'John Betjeman'. At the time Barling was responsible for organising functions for the Cricket Society. G
Estimate: £100/150
Betjeman, a keen cricket follower, was Poet Laureate from 1972 until his death in 1984, and was a founding member of the Victorian Society
Lot 95:
Lot 95
Frederick Gale. Handwritten twelve page letter written in Manitoba, Canada, dated 1st December 18932, to his friend 'Mr [R.S.] Holmes'. 'Can you help one in a fix? My portmanteau was stolen on my way here and was picked up on the trail 8 months afterwards & nothing left in but wearing apparel which was marked with my name'. Most important to Gale was the loss of his only copy of Public School Matches of 1853 and also a later edition and he asks if Holmes can lend him his copy 'as I want to copy the pictures'. Gale, living with his son and feeling in much better health is enjoying shooting geese and getting exercise. Much on life in the prairies and the extreme cold, interlaced with talk of cricket back in England: O'Brien, Grace, Fuller Pilch, Steele, the over-use of pads and leg protection, etc. 'Do you know any Editor who needs a correspondent - 2000 words and no padding?' G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Fred Gale played in the Winchester Eleven in 1841 against Eton and Harrow at Lord's, but did not go on to play first class cricket. He made his name as a prolific writer of books, newspaper and magazine articles writing under the name 'The Old Buffer'. He had emigrated to Canada to be with his family after the death of one of his sons, but was homesick and missed his cricket, so returned home the following year
Lot 96:
Lot 96
Marquess of Granby, 8th Duke of Rutland. Single page handwritten letter to 'Sir Spenser [Ponsonby]', dated 2nd March 1910 thanking Ponsonby for proposing him once again for the MCC Committee. 'I will joyfully accept it if I am selected'. Granby was a joint editor of 'Outdoor Games: Cricket and Golf published in 1901'. G
Estimate: £80/120
Lot 97:
Lot 97 Lot 97
John Berry 'Jack' Hobbs. Surrey & England 1905-1934. Two page handwritten letter in ink dated 20th July 1931 to 'Mr Pilleau'. Hobbs is writing regarding 'the pictures you ordered at Horsham'. Hobbs continues, 'It is now settled that I shall play for Surrey again next year but I shall be allowed to stand down when I wish... Glad to hear the news about the bat, it should belong to you after all the trouble & expense you were put to'. Signed 'J.B. Hobbs'. Some foxing and staining affecting the signature, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Lot 98:
Lot 98 Lot 98
Douglas Robert Jardine. Surrey & England 1921-1933. Three page handwritten letter dated 10th September 1934 on the headed paper of United University Club to 'Mr Wagg'. Jardine is writing to thank Wagg for Raven Hill's original cartoon of the Ashes 1934, which 'will make an amusing sequel to the original of 1932 which I also have'. Raven Hill was an accomplished artist and cartoonist of the time. Jardine wants Wagg to meet 'a friend of mine Clifford Bax (who wrote "The Rose without a Thorn"); he is another enthusiast on things Indian' and invites Wagg to dinner to meet Bax. 'I can't help feeling that some day you and he should tour India together- for some years he practised yoga'. The two pages are joined together with tape. The original letter is accompanied by a typed transcript. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Lot 99:
Lot 99
John Richard Mason. Kent & England 1893-1914. Single page handwritten letter dated 24th January 1944. Mason is replying to a request for a signed photograph. 'I also return your Postal Order which will not be required'. VG
Estimate: £40/60
Lot 100:
Lot 100 Lot 100
Reverend Ward Maule. Cambridge University & Gentlemen of Kent 1853-1854. Three page handwritten letter written from the Pas de Calais, France, dated 27th August 1903 to an un-named correspondent (possibly J D Betham), confirming his appearances for Cambridge and for the Gentlemen of Kent. Maule also lists other matches he played including for the Quidnuncs, and refers to Ranji who considered the Quidnuncs to be the 'Cream of Cambridge Cricket'. He mentions bowling the great Fuller Pilch at Tunbridge Wells. He kept a record of all his cricket matches and also how he trained at bow for the Varsity boat race but there was no race that year (1853). Nicely signed 'W. Maule'. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Lot 101:
Lot 101 Lot 101
Keith Ross Miller. Victoria, New South Wales, Nottinghamshire & Australia 1937-1959. Four page typed letter with annotations in Miller's hand. The letter is undated, on Associated Newspapers Ltd, Sydney headed paper to John Arlott. Miller is writing to say how much he enjoyed Arlott's 'The Echoing Green' and how flattered he is by Arlott's comments, 'Surely I am not that good'. He comments on Australian cricket at the time, 'Those players who have carried Australia since the War are aging [sic] and although we have some bright young players they seem to lack solidity'. Miller suggests Arlott should look at Jim de Courcy, 'Short like Hassett, he's a beautiful batsman but goes for his shots all the time'. He also refers to 'Young Flockton too is an attractive bat, with a bright future. Graeme Hole could be a beauty but loves to cross bat anything on leg stump and wider. Burke who made a 100 in first Test is [a] hard player to fit into any team... Young Benaud is at the moment a useful cricketer. That's all. Thoms and McDonald are complete opposites'. He concludes by looking forward to playing Skittles with Arlott at Taunton. A very good Miller letter. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Lot 102:
Lot 102
Eric Alfred Burchell Rowan. Transvaal, Eastern Province & South Africa 1929-1954. Four page handwritten letter from Rowan to an unknown correspondent. The letter is undated, but appears to have been written following the 1949/50 Australia tour to South Africa and prior to the 1950 South Africa tour to England. Regarding the Australians, Rowan writes, 'The Aussies were a good side but not the world beaters we made them look. The reasons for our own dismal failures are legion so I will not bother you with them now but if I write a book next year I will most certainly speak my mind'. Regarding the impending tour to England, 'Athol and I are both fit and playing hockey for Jeppe. His leg is as good as it will ever be & provided he is well managed should give your batsmen a rough time next year'. The letter appears to be lacking the first page. Sold with a mono press photograph of Rowan in batting action, dated 13th May 1951, signed by Rowan. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Lot 103:
Lot 103
Raymond Charles Robertson-Glasgow. Oxford University & Somerset 1920-1935. Original two page handwritten letter dated 23rd May 1952 on The Observer newspaper letterhead, replying to a request to provide a 'Grace Before Dinner at Cricket Matches' for a cricket society dinner. Signed 'R.C. Robertson-Glasgow'. Accompanying the letter are two cards written by Robertson-Glasgow each with two four line alternative forms of Grace composed by him. Sold with two mono press photographs one of Robertson-Glasgow playing golf, the other of him seated reading a newspaper. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Lot 104:
Lot 104 Lot 104
Gilbert Ashton. Cambridge University and Worcestershire 1919-1936. Two page handwritten letter dated 3rd November 1972 from Ashton to the cricket historian J.D. Coldham. Ashton has just received his copy of the Journal of the Cricket Society for Autumn 1972 and is writing to thank Coldham for including an article by Arthur Gibons on 'The Ashton Brothers, a draft of which when it was in preparation he sent to both my brother and myself. He took infinite trouble over its production & I am writing to him to express our gratitude & to thank him for the many kind things he has said'. Ashton closes by requesting a further six copies. Nicely signed 'Gilbert Ashton'. In a postscript Ashton recalls playing with Oliver Leese in the Eton v Winchester match of June 1914. 'Alas six of each side were killed in the '14-'18 war'. Sold with two further Worcestershire related letters, one from H.L. Higgins (Worcestershire 1920-1927), the other from Ted Baker (Worcestershire 1933-1934), both replying to requests for autographs. Qty 3. G/VG
Estimate: £50/70
Lot 105:
Lot 105
Robert Elliott Storey 'Bob' Wyatt. Warwickshire, Worcestershire & England 1923-1951. A small selection of correspondence from Wyatt to the vendor written in 1992-1994. Subjects include gardening, Wyatt's health and appointments with surgeons, cricket matches he is planning to attend, including the Test match at The Oval, 'which is proving rather depressing!'. Wyatt also replies to a request to sign a copy of 'Three Straight Sticks', and also refers to 'R.E.S. Wyatt, Fighting Cricketer' by Gerald Pawle. He also states, 'I am afraid I must advise you not to write to Sir Donald Bradman. He was only the other day complaining in a letter to me that he was still being inundated with letters mainly with requests for his autograph & at his age he was unable to cope with them. Actually I must receive at least an average of half a dozen a week of varying requests which is a nuisance'. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Wyatt captained England sixteen times. He died in 1996 age 93
Lot 106:
Yorkshire. Selection of ten album pages and white cards, each signed by the player or his signature laid down to the card. Signatures are Hedley Verity, E. Rockley Wilson, Sutcliffe, Yardley (2), P.A. Gibb, L. Hutton, A. Wood, B. Sellers and Horace Brearley (one match for Yorkshire, 1937). Two signatures signed directly to card. Sold with an excellent Yorkshire Post library press photograph of Yardley leading the England team out at Headingley(?), signed by Yardley. Good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Lot 107:
Lot 107
Yorkshire. Three album pages containing the signatures of Yorkshire players, George Hirst, Percy Holmes, Herbert Sutcliffe and Arthur Dolphin, The first three signatures signed to page and the last on paper piece and laid down to page. G
Estimate: £30/50
Lot 108:
Lot 108
Nottinghamshire C.C.C. 1968. Original 1968 'Country Membership' card with rear page signed by six former Nottinghamshire players, Harold Larwood, Bill Voce, Hardstaff, Simpson, Keeton, and Butler. The signatures collected at the Nottinghamshire v Australia tour match played on the 6th July 1968. G
Estimate: £30/40
Lot 109:
Lot 109
Nottinghamshire C.C.C. 1968. Album page signed to face by eleven former Nottinghamshire players, Harold Larwood, Bill Voce, Hardstaff, Shipston, Stocks, Bland, Butler, Davidson, Walker and Jepson. Also signed by R.M. Poulton, Notts Secretary. The signatures collected at the Nottinghamshire v Australia tour match played on the 6th July 1968. G
Estimate: £30/40
Lot 110:
Lot 110
Lord Hawke. Yorkshire & England 1882-1912. Excellent ink signature of Hawke on card. To back in pencil is written 'Signed at Bradford, June 21st [1909]. Yorkshire v Australians'
Estimate: £40/60
Lot 111:
Lot 111
Wilfred Rhodes. Yorkshire & England 1898-1930 and Schofield Haigh. Yorkshire & England 1895-1913. Two ink signatures of Rhodes and Haigh on cards. To back in pencil is written 'Signed at Bradford, June 21st 1909. Yorkshire v Australians'. Plus a white card nicely signed by Herbert Sutcliffe. Qty 3.
Estimate: £30/50
Lot 112:
Lot 112
'Leslie Ames. '80th Birthday' 1985. Official printed invitation card 'The Earl Attlee requests the pleasure of the company of.... at a reception in the Cholmondeley Room, House of Lords to mark the 80th Birthday of L.E.G. Ames CBE on Wednesday 11th December 1985'. Personally signed by Ames at his Birthday celebration. VG
Estimate: £25/35
Lot 113:
Lot 113
Charles Burgess Fry, Oxford University, Sussex, London County, Hampshire & England, 1892-1921. Excellent ink signature of Fry on card. To back in pencil is written 'Signed 1909 at Bradford, Yorkshire v Australians, June 21st'
Estimate: £30/50
Lot 114:
Lot 114
Frank Stanley Jackson. Yorkshire & England 1890-1907. Excellent ink signature of Jackson on card. Loosely mounted with a bookplate picture of Jackson. To back of card is written, in pencil 'Signed at Bradford, June 21st [1909], Yorkshire v Australians'
Estimate: £40/60
Lot 115:
Lot 115
David Denton, George Hirst and Morris Leyland. All three, Yorkshire & England. Excellent ink signatures of the three players on pieces individually mounted with a mono postcard of the player to larger page. G
Estimate: £30/50

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