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
England tour to Australia 1946/47. A presentation calendar depicting a photographic view of the Queensland National Memorial with pale blue ribbon to top and hanging calendar for 1947 below. Typed label to verso, 'Souvenir of Brisbane, Queensland National Memorial to the Visiting English Cricketers Year 1946.47. With Compliments from Murray Views Studios. Gympie. Qld.'. From the personal collection of Doug Wright. Previously sold as lot 2461 in the Vennett-Smith auction of March 2001. Minor adhesive mark to the photograph, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 466:
Lot 466
M.C.C. tour of Australia 1970/71. Four original typed manuscripts for newspaper/ magazine reports for the Ashes series by Eric Beecher (possibly an older relation of the Australian media mogul of the same name) . The manuscripts cover each day's play of the first (Brisbane), second (first ever Test match played at Perth), fifth (Melbourne) and seventh (Sydney) Test matches. The are labelled on a covering page 'Eric Beecher's copy'. Also includes two mono photographs of the M.C.C. touring party. Good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £90
The Ashes series was originally scheduled for six Test matches, however, the third Test due to be played at Melbourne was abandoned without a ball being bowled. Fixtures were rearranged to enable an extra 'fifth' Test to be played at Melbourne between the Sydney and Adelaide Tests. England regained the Ashes winning the series 2-0 with four matches drawn
Lot 467:
Lot 467 Lot 467
'Canterbury Cricket Week 1892'. Original poster for 'Amateur Theatricals. Fifty-first season. Old Stagers and Old Faces' performance at the Theatre Royal, Canterbury, 1st & 4th August 1892. Approx 11.5"x28". Fragile condition with some loss to edges, and almost split at the fold. Sold with two further original posters/ handbills for theatre performances, one at the Albert Theatre, Middlesborough 'under the immediate patronage of the President (W.R.I. Hopkins Esq.), Vice-Presidents, Captain, and Members of the Middlesbro' Cricket Club', 22nd March 1867. 10"x29". Loss to one edge. The other for a production at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on 6th January 1814 with little cricket content other than a mention of scenery depicting a 'Country public house and cricket ground'. 7"x12". Some faults, generally good condition. Qty 3
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £140
Lot 468:
Lot 468 Lot 468
David 'Lucky' Denton. Yorkshire & England 1894-1920. Scrapbook album of newspaper cuttings and letters collected by Denton's daughter, Edna, in the 1950s/1960s. One letter to 'Miss Denton' dated 19th June 1954 is from the cricket author A.A. Thomson. Thomson refers to her father and Wilfred Rhodes as 'the idol[s] of every Yorkshire schoolboy'. He also credits Denton with 'some good luck, but this was only the fortune that favours the brave' and describes his attractive batting and his fielding 'a joy to watch'. Thomson closes by hoping to be able to visit to view her collection of her father's press cuttings. The album includes cuttings of articles on Denton written by Thomson for 'Yorkshire Life Illustrated' in 1954. Also three personal letters from Edna to her father 'Dada', dated 10th November, 30th December 1909 and 9th February [1910], written to Denton while he was on tour in South Africa. Other press cuttings relate to Edna's retirement, and newspaper obituaries of her father following his death in 1950. Previously sold by Phillips, date unknown. Also included is a collection of twenty one original family photographs dating from 1898 or earlier depicting Edna Denton at home, and on her Degree Day in 1922, the odd photograph captioned 'David Denton'. Each photograph measures approx. 3"x3" and laid to detached card album pages. Some old tape repairs to the scrapbook album, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £80
David Denton played eleven Test matches for England and was a member of two M.C.C. tours to South Africa in 1905/06 and 1909/10. Denton's daughter was a schoolmistress in Wakefield and an avid cricket follower and collector of cricket memorabilia, having regularly attended the Scarborough Cricket Festival from a young age and settled in Scarborough on her retirement in 1960
Lot 469:
Lot 469
David Mark Smith. Surrey, Sussex, Worcestershire & England 1973-1994. Four original typed letters from the T.C.C.B. to Smith. Letters are from Donald Carr dated 20th September 1985 inviting Smith on the England tour to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Two letters from Tim Lamb, one dated 7th February 1990 to be a standby replacement for the England tour to West Indies, the other dated 26th February 1990 confirming Smith's clean bill of health following a medical check up for the tour, both signed 'Tim'. Also a letter dated 6th July 1990 from the T.C.C.B. accountant, C.A. Barker, confirming payments for prize moneys, tour awards and fees for radio commentaries and interviews, signed by Barker. Previously sold as lot 36 by Knight's in the David Smith Testimonial Year 1994 auction held at Sussex County Cricket Club, 17th September 1994. Sold with a copy of the original auction catalogue. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £60
Lot 470:
Lot 470
Cricket ball patents 1910-1957. Fourteen disbound printed Patent Specifications relating to improvements to the design and manufacture of cricket balls and others such as hockey, tennis, football, baseball etc. The sheets comprise detailed descriptions of the design specification, the majority with accompanying printed illustrations. All ex libris. Good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 471:
Lot 471
Cricket bat patents 1905-1968. Twenty two printed Patent Specifications, the majority disbound, relating to improvements to the design and manufacture of cricket bats and other 'Striking Instruments' such as hockey sticks, tennis racquets, baseball clubs etc. The sheets comprise detailed descriptions of the design specification, the majority with accompanying printed illustrations, for the design of bat blades, handles, grips etc. Includes two patents issued to Stuart Surridge (1929 and 1965), and one to Gray Nicholls (1958). All ex libris. Good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 472:
Lot 472
Cricket patents 1909-1951. Blue folder containing twenty original patent specifications for improvements to cricket bats, bat handles, balls, bowling machine, tennis racquets, hockey sticks etc with printed descriptions and diagrams and Patent Office official stamps. Applications are dated 1909 (Qty 7), 1910 (2), 1911 (3), 1913, 1914, 1922 (2), 1923, 1926, and 1951 (2). Well known applicants include F.H. Ayres, H.J. Gradidge, G.W. Beldam, Summer Brown etc. Good/ very good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 473:
Lot 473
England v India. Headingley 1959. Red velvet covered chocolate box with gold edging and decorative ribbon to lid with attached label, 'Northern Cricket Society Dinner. England v India July 1st, 1959. 3rd Test Match Headingley, Leeds'. Loose printed sheet to inside with England and India emblems. 'Presented with the Compliments of John Mackintosh & Sons Limited, Halifax'. Bumping to corners, otherwise in good condition. Sadly lacking chocolates
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £25
Lot 474:
Lot 474
Cricket coaching films and slides. A collection of cricket coaching films issued by the M.C.C., National Cricket Association etc. Titles are 'Focus on This'. Three 35mm short films issued by Featurettes of London c1950 with demonstrations of batting, bowling and wicketkeeping demonstrated by Bill Edrich, Jim Sims and Godfrey Evans. A set of ten 'M.C.C. Fielding and Wicket-keeping' 16mm films in original labelled boxes. Also three similar films 'M.C.C. Batting', numbers 2, 4 and 5 in the series. Two 'Eagle Filmstrip' film productions by Milton Press of an 'Introduction to Cricket' and 'Bowling demonstrated by Learie Constantine. Complete set of eighty National Cricket Association coaching slides 'Series No. 1' with accompanying audio cassette and booklet in original box as issued c1980. Photographs by Patrick Eagar. Sold with a set of ten 'Junior Vistascreen 3-D Views', series no. 68, 'Cricket', late 1950s in original box. A 'Stereoscopic Gems of American and Foreign Scenery', series no. 952 featuring cricket published by the Stereoscopic View Co., c1890s etc. Good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £42
Lot 475:
Lot 475
Cricket books, histories, handbooks, prints photographs etc. Large box comprising an interesting mixed selection of cricket ephemera. Books include eight issues of 'Know Your Cricket County Series' booklets for Essex, Glamorgan, Kent, Lancashire, Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex and Yorkshire. Published by Findon 1949. 'The Club Cricketers Official Handbook', Cricket & Sports Publishers, London 1913. 'The Changing Face of Cricket', Learie Constantine and Denzil Batchelor, 'uncorrected proof copy from Eyre & Spottiswoode' issued prior to publication in 1966. '1920- A Season in Statistical Analysis' published by The Cricket Society. Bound in blue boards, original wrappers retained. 'Sport in South Africa. Report of the Sports Council's Fact-Finding Delegation' published 1980. 'Rules of the Marylebone Cricket Club' handbooks for 1917, 1925 and 1938. 'This is Lancashire', souvenir brochure for 1972, signed to the autograph page by Jack Bond, Ken Shuttleworth and Frank Hayes. Souvenir tour brochure for the first All India tour to England 1932. Other items include two large blue folders comprising prints and photographs including an official mono photograph of the 1954/55 M.C.C. team to tour Australia. The photograph laid to mount, signed to the border by fifteen members of the touring party including Hutton (captain), Simpson, Bedser, Cowdrey, Graveney, Statham, Wardle, Loader etc. Fading to some signatures. Also a Chevalier Taylor print of Gilbert Jessop. An original page from 'Lloyds Weekly News' dated 24th October 1915 reporting on the death of W.G. Grace. A collection of Cricket Society 'News Bulletin' 1979s-1980s. An original Slazenger advertising showcard. 'Famous County Cricketers' booklet of twenty four cards in strips of three issued by the National Spastics Society, 1958. 'Surrey C.C.C. Cricket Champions 1971' headscarf etc. Generally good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £130
Lot 476:
Lot 476
Australian Imperial Forces tour to England 1919. Official invitation card for the dinner held at the Fine Arts Academy, Queens Road [Bristol] 'to meet the members of the Australian Imperial Force Cricket XI', 27th August 1919. Gold edge to card. The invitation was issued to 'Major B. Clarke', probably Basil Clarke who played for Gloucestershire in the match against the Australians, 27th-28th August 1919. Good/ very good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £95
Lot 477:
Lot 477
Jack Hobbs and Bert Sutcliffe 1930. Rarely seen official invitation to attend a dinner 'to meet Messrs Hobbs & Sutcliffe' hosted by The Maharaj Kumar of Vizianagram', at the Vizianagram Palace, Benares, 8th November 1930. Gold edge to card. Handwritten inscription to front of card, 'Accepted AUB[?] 29.10.30'. Vertical crease, minor wear, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
Hobbs and Sutcliffe had been employed by 'Vizzy' to join his touring party in 1930/31. It was in the first match of the tour, played at Benares, 8th November 1930, that Hobbs scored his first century in India
Lot 478:
Lot 478
Marylebone Cricket Club 1925. Official invitation to the 'Complimentary Dinner to Mr. A.E.R. Gilligan and the M.C.C. Team' held at the Savoy Hotel, 15th July 1925. This was the invitation to 'Mr J.L. Bryan', probably Jack Bryan who was a member of the 1924/25 M.C.C. tour to Australia led by Gilligan. Very good condition. Sold with an official invitation to the 'Farewell Cocktail Party in honour of the M.C.C. Cricket Team' given by the Jamaica Cricket Association at Myrtle Bank Hotel, Kingston, 3rd April 1954, the final day of the fifth and final Test match of the 1953/54 tour to West Indies, this being E.G. Wolfe's copy. With original envelope. Good condition. Qty 2
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
E.G. Wolfe was Sir Julian Cahn's brother-in-law and served as Manager on Cahn's tour to Ceylon and Malaya in 1937
Lot 479:
Lot 479 Lot 479
Cricket dinner invitations 1939-1949. An official invitation issued by the Mayor and Mayoress of Folkestone 'At Home' on 4th September 1939 at Folkestone Cricket Ground on the second day of Pelham Warner's XI V Rest of England. The match was cancelled following the declaration of war three days prior. Some wear to lower corner. An invitation from The Lord Mayor of London to E.R. Wilson (Cambridge University, Yorkshire & England 1899-1923) for a dinner at The Mansion House, 26th September 1945. Good condition. An invitation from Yorkshire County Cricket Club to David Denton (Yorkshire & England 1894-1920) for a dinner at the Grand Hotel, Sheffield, 7th October 1949 'to celebrate the Centenary of the Yorkshire v Lancashire "Roses" Match'. Good condition. Qty 3
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £170













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