An early hand signed cricket bat bearing 169 signatures
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An early hand signed cricket bat bearing 169 signatures
Sold for £4,625 (US$ 7,552) inc. premium

Lot Details
An early hand signed cricket bat bearing 169 signatures
A cricket bat manufactured by G.G. Hearne during the period 1890-1920, the front with 83 signatures, headed by W.G. Grace, including the 1899 Australian touring team and the 1907 South Africa touring team, the reverse with 86 signatures including Lord Hawke, Ranjitsinhji, C.B. Fry, A.C. MacLaren, W.W. Read, A. Shrewsbury, G.H. Hirst, J.B. Hobbs, presented in a perspex display case with players names inscribed onto the inside of the case.

Footnotes

  • Christies cataloging for the original sale stated that 'it was believed the bat was presented to the Oxford and Lancashire cricketer, Gerald Bardswell, by W.G. Grace as one of Grace's own used bats. His aunt, (Isabella) Emily Bardswell collected the autographs later. Emily Bardswell is perhaps best known for the pamphlet she wrote, "Played on", or, The Troubles of a County Captain, London, [1898]. The pamphlet is dedicated "by special permission" to W.G. Grace. As a keen cricket enthusiast and avid supporter of her nephew, Gerald Bardswell, she would take bats to cricket matches to be signed - "Her passion for the game was apparently known to a wider circle in Wimbledon, particularly because of her collection of autographed cricket bats, bats which she herself took to major matches for signature" (Derek Deadman and Christopher Sheppard, 'The Bardswells: Fact and Fiction', Leicester, 1979, p.22).Gerald Bardswell toured with Lord Hawke's XI to North America in 1894 and to the West Indies in 1896/7. He played 21 matches for Lancashire between 1894 and 1902 and was on both the Lancashire and M.C.C. Committees. He died unexpectedly at the age of 33. The original vendor was a descendant of the Bardswell family'.

    Provenance: Christies sale 1404 lot 172

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