Lot 132

GRACE, W. G. (1848-1915).  “Champion Cricketer of the World.”  A fine large commemorative cotton handkerchief printed in black and grey with central portrait of W. G. Grace, a printed biography of him on either side, and details of his one hundred centuries in an outer circle, decorative border of crossed bats, balls and wreaths with banners (some light staining and spotting, one larger stain), 570 x 610mm., framed and glazed, [1895]. The “handkerchief” was printed to mark the occasion of W. G. Grace being the first cricketer to score one hundred first class centuries. RARE in this condition. Provenance: FROM THE COLLECTION OF E. M. GRACE (1841-1911), known as “The Coroner”, and a great cricketer in his own right, although he was over-shadowed by his more famous brother, W. G. Grace. "I found this irresistible. WG must surely, by right, be included in everyone's best side of all time. Just think of the dreadful state of the pitches on which he scored all those runs. He took a few wickets too! Was he a cheat? Let's call him a great character who knew his way around. But what a player!" (H.B.).

Estimate: £200-£300

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