Lot 129

ETON V. HARROW CRICKET MATCH. An autograph note from the Earl of Bessborough, on M.C.C. monogrammed paper, to an unrecorded recipient, stating, “Please to send me Telegrams of the score and wickets down at Dinner time and at the close of play tomorrow, to Bessborough, The Priory, Christchurch, Hants. 4/- left to pay for Telegrams. 11th July 1889”; with the clipped signature of Christian Victor above; in common mount, overall dimensions 218 x 120mm., framed and glazed. Prince Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein (1867-1900) was the favourite grandson of Queen Victoria, and a keen cricketer, who played a single first-class match for “I Zingari” (of which the Earl of Bessborough was co-founder) in 1897. "A delightful reminder of the age in which it was written - and indeed of the way in which the aristocracy once carried all before them. Just sad Bessborough was an old Harrovian! Also an immensely rare signature of Queen Victoria's favourite grandson, Prince Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein, who died in South Africa during the Boer War. Surprisingly, he played one 'first class' match - although, even in those days, IZingari can be called first class only by the greatest stretch of the imagination!" (H.B.).

Estimate: £30-£50