Items From The Collection Of Brian Close (Yorkshire, Somerset & England 1949-1977)

Brian Close played 22 Test matches for England from 1949-1977. In 1949 at the age of 18 he became the youngest player to attain the double, the youngest to gain a Yorkshire County cap and the youngest to represent England in Test cricket. He scored almost 35,000 runs at 33.26 and took over 1100 wickets at 26.42. He is famously remembered facing the West Indian fast bowlers in 1976 having been recalled to the England team at the age of 45. The interval between Close's first and last Test matches was 27 years, the second-longest after Wilfred Rhodes. Close died in September 2015 at the age of 84 years. Part two.

Lot 393:
Lot 393
Dennis Brian Close. Yorkshire, Somerset & England 1949-1977. Silver plated (unmarked) decorative tray in the shape of the island of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Beautifully and heavily decorated to rim and edges. To centre the engraved inscription 'With Best Wishes from St. Thomas C. 1965'. Approximately 9.5"x13.5". G/VG
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: unsold
In 1965, between mid January and mid December, Brian Close visited the island of Ceylon to fulfil a month long coaching assignment
Lot 394:
Lot 394
Dennis Brian Close. Yorkshire, Somerset & England 1949-1977. Two wooden wall shield plaques presented to Close. One with emblem for 'Bermuda Police', the other with the emblem of the town of Ajax, Toronto. Close was a member of a Yorkshire tour, which included Garry Sobers, to North America and Bermuda in 1964. Each measures 6"x7".
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £10
Lot 395:
Lot 395
Dennis Brian Close. Yorkshire, Somerset & England 1949-1977. Silver plated tankard with engraved inscription 'Courage Old England Cricket XI vs John Smith's Old Yorkshire XI. Bradford 1981'. The tankard stands 5" tall with inscription to side. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £15
Lot 396:
Lot 396
Dennis Brian Close. Yorkshire, Somerset & England 1949-1977. Pewter one pint tankard with engraved inscription '96th Scarborough Cricket Festival. D.B. Close's XI v Pakistan. September 1982. Presented by the Scarborough Building Society'. The tankard stands 5" tall with inscription to side. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £25
Close's XI won by an innings and 46 runs. Close made 26no
Lot 397:
Lot 397
Dennis Brian Close. Yorkshire, Somerset & England 1949-1977. Six pewter tankards, goblets and a hip flask, also one silver goblet. Engraved pint size tankards are 'Brian Close Captain England and Yorkshire 1966', 'Yorkshire C.C. Benefit Golf Competition 1980', and '75th Anniversary Irish President XI v Brigade' 1981. The hip flask engraved 'All Stars Golf 1981'. A pair of goblets, both engraved 'Arthur Guinness' to one side, to the other side one engraved 'Brian', the other 'Vivienne'. Also a silver goblet hallmarked Sheffield 1978 with maker's mark 'SC', no engraving. All approx. 5" tall. Qty 7. G/VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £42
Lot 398:
Lot 398
Dennis Brian Close. Yorkshire, Somerset & England 1949-1977. Silver plate goblet on black base engraved 'Brian Close. "Sportsman of the Year" Fourth Place 1967', emblem for 'SWA' [Sports Writers' Association] below. 8" tall. G/VG
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £30
The Sports Writers' Association was founded in 1948. In 2002 the name was changed to the Sports Journalists' Association and, since 1949, it has hosted the oldest sports awards ceremony in Britain
Lot 399:
Lot 399
Dennis Brian Close. Yorkshire, Somerset & England 1949-1977. Half pint ESPN tankard engraved 'Charrington Cricket Trophy. County Award for Yorkshire 1967' with Charrington emblem. 4.25" tall. VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £45
Lot 400:
Lot 400
Dennis Brian Close. Yorkshire, Somerset & England 1949-1977. Pewter pint tankard engraved 'Thanks for your help. Garfield Sobers W.I. Benefit, Sabina Park, Jamaica. 15th-16th April '72' with engraved signature of Sobers. 5.5" tall. G
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £35
Lot 401:
Lot 401
Dennis Brian Close. Yorkshire, Somerset & England 1949-1977. Three pewter pint tankards engraved 'Presented to Brian Close Captain of Somerset C.C.C. at the opening of The Clipper, Weston-Super-Mare, 6th September 1976', 'Presented to Brian Close on his visit to Jersey, from the Silk Cut Evening Cricket League 8th October 1988' (with hinged lid), and 'Devon Sporting Club 1973'. Each approx. 5" tall. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £20
Lot 402:
Lot 402
Dennis Brian Close. Yorkshire, Somerset & England 1949-1977. Two pewter pint tankards engraved 'D.B. Close. Club Trade Fair, Leeds, October 1968' and 'Brian Close Esq on the occasion of the opening of The Old Ball, Horsforth, April 1969'. Each approx. 4.75" tall. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £18
Lot 403:
Lot 403
Dennis Brian Close. Yorkshire, Somerset & England 1949-1977. Glass tankard etched to one side 'England v India, The Oval, 1986', to the other side the figure of a batsman. Possibly Waterford Crystal. 5" tall, in original presentation box. VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £15
Lot 404:
Lot 404
Dennis Brian Close. Yorkshire, Somerset & England 1949-1977. Caithness Glass footed vase, etched 'The Scarborough Centenary Cricket Festival 1886-1986' below an image of the pavilion at North Maine Road, Scarborough. 5" tall by 5.5" wide. In original presentation box. VG
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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