Items From The Collection Of Leo Harrison (Hampshire 1939-1966)

Leo Harrison was a right-hand bat and wicketkeeper who made his first-class debut in 1939 aged 17. He played 396 matches for Hampshire, scoring 8,854 runs at an average of 17.49. His career highest score was 153. In all, he scored 6 centuries. An outstanding fielder, after the War he became Hampshire's first choice wicketkeeper taking a total of 573 catches and 103 stumpings despite poor eyesight which required him to play in glasses, and was a member of the Hampshire side that won the County Championship for the first time in 1961. His final match for Hampshire was in 1966 making him the last professional player from the pre-War years to play first-class cricket after the War. In the 1960s he took up coaching positions in Argentina and Rhodesia, as well as at Hampshire. Harrison was a close friend of John Arlott who described him as "Honest as the day and a trier to the last gasp himself, he finds it hard to forgive anything which is not straight, or any cricket played with less than full effort. Know Leo Harrison and you must trust him and like him".

Lot 465:
Lot 465
Leo Harrison. Hampshire 1939-1966. Hampshire 1st Eleven blazer by Simpson of Piccadilly. The navy blazer with excellent raised wired and embroidered Hampshire emblem to breast pocket of crown and rose above the initials 'H.C.C.C'. Minor ageing to emblem, otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £110
Lot 466:
Lot 466
Leo Harrison. Hampshire 1939-1966. Hampshire 1st XI long sleeve sweater worn by Harrison. The sweater with trimming in Hampshire colours to neck, waist and cuffs. 'Harrison' to label. Very good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 467:
Lot 467
Leo Harrison. Hampshire 1939-1966. Hampshire navy 1st XI cricket cap with county emblem embroidered to front, worn by Harrison. The cap by Foster & Co of Mayfair with Harrison's initials 'L.H.' handwritten to label. Moth damage to underside of peak, some wear and ageing to lining, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £85
Lot 468:
Lot 468
Leo Harrison. Hampshire 1939-1966. Hampshire navy 1st XI cricket cap with county emblem embroidered to front, worn by Harrison. The cap by Cliftons of Winchester. Two small holes to front and peak, some staining to lining, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £80
Lot 469:
Lot 469
Leo Harrison. Hampshire 1939-1966. Hampshire navy 2nd XI cricket cap with county emblem embroidered to front, worn by Harrison. The cap by Foster of Clifford Street, London. Three small holes to cap and peak, some wear to lining, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 470:
Lot 470
Leo Harrison. Hampshire 1939-1966. Hampshire navy Colts cricket cap [?] with county emblem of red crown and white rose embroidered to front, worn by Harrison. Maker unknown. Some wear and moth damage, otherwise in generally good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £28
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Lot 471
Leo Harrison. Hampshire 1939-1966. Matabeleland navy cricket cap with elephant emblem above 'Matabeleland' embroidered to front, worn by Harrison. Maker unknown. Two very small holes to underside of peak, otherwise in very good condition. Sold with two further unknown cloth navy cricket caps with dragon and crown emblem embroidered to front, worn by Harrison. The cap by Laycott (possibly Rhodesian?).
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £110
Harrison was working as a cricket coach in Matabeleland, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1949
Lot 472:
Lot 472
Cricket ties. Leo Harrison. Hampshire 1939-1966. Selection of twenty County, tour and club cricket ties from Harrison's collection. Ties include Hampshire C.C.C., Worcestershire C.C.C. County Champions 1964, 1965 and 1974, South Africa Cricket Association, Bermuda Cricket Club etc. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £38
Lot 473:
Lot 473
Leo Harrison. Hampshire 1939-1966. Pewter one pint tankard with glass base presented. Raised Hampshire C.C.C. emblem with inscription to side 'H.C.C.C. Runners up County Championship 1958 "Well Done"'. Minor surface marks, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £40
Lot 474:
Lot 474
Leo Harrison. Hampshire 1939-1966. A collection of ephemera from Harrison's personal collection. Items include a Coalport china plate for Hampshire winning the County Championship in 1973. Four silver Hampshire Football Association medals for 1947/8 and 1948/9 seasons. A leather belt with cut-out initials L.H. to the brass buckle. A Hampshire C.C.C. metal car badge and a Hampshire rose brass. Two black rubber 'Berico' (practice?) balls. Two Hampshire benefit shields for Bob Stephenson 1979 and David Turner 1981. A pair of specially commissioned ceramic mugs presented to Harrison for Hampshire winning the County 2nd XI Championship 1971, with a small selection of glass commemorative tankards etc. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £45
Lot 475:
Lot 475
Leo Harrison. Hampshire 1939-1966. A collection of general correspondence relating to Harrison's role as a Hampshire C.C.C. committee member, exam papers for the M.C.C. coaching certificate marked by Harrison, as an umpire, M.C.C. membership applications and tickets, Hampshire Schools Cricket Association, Stragglers Cricket Club, Salisbury (Zimbabwe) etc. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £30
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Leo Harrison. Hampshire 1939-1966. Red scrapbook covering Harrison's cricket career from 1937. The scrapbook comprises press cuttings, original photographs including cricket at Melksham, 1944, scorecards, candid colour family photographs, two Wilkes postcards of Harrison, handwritten letters of congratulations for the award of his County cap and his first century for Hampshire etc. G
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £110
Harrison made his first-class debut for Hampshire in 1939 at the age of 17. He achieved his first first-class century scoring 122 against Worcestershire in 1951
Lot 477:
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Leo Harrison. Hampshire 1939-1966. Three scorebooks for Hampshire 1959 and 1960 seasons, compiled by Martin Harrison (Harrison's son?), Hampshire Club and Ground 1967 season, Hampshire 2nd XI 1969. Sold with a desk diary for 1965. Owner's name 'A.G. Holt' inscribed to front cover. The diary comprises entries of handwritten team lists for the season in Holt's hand, and various handwritten correspondence regarding player availability etc. G
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: unsold
Arthur George Holt (Hampshire 1935-1948) was coach to Hampshire C.C.C. after he retired from playing. He also played football for Southampton F.C.
Lot 478:
Lot 478
Leo Harrison. Hampshire 1939-1966. Official typewritten contract issued to Harrison for the 1952 to 1955 as a professional player and member of the ground staff. Also a printed contract with additions in ink for the 1956 to 1958 seasons, and an official typewritten agreement for Harrison to play for the M.C.C. during the 1955 season. Sold with official correspondence relating to expenses for the 1960 season etc. G
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £42
Lot 479:
Lot 479
Leo Harrison. Hampshire 1939-1966. A collection of ephemera comprising dinner menus, Harrison's Royal Air Force Service and Release book, fishing events etc. Also included is a selection of photographs, travel tickets, postcards, passenger lists for a trip to South Africa in 1949/50 where Harrison was coaching in Rhodesia, also correspondence and ephemera relating to Harrison's trip to Argentina in 1960, also for a coaching position. Includes notes written by Harrison regarding a case of acute appendicitis for which he required an operation G
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £170

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