Lot 134A

[GRACE, W. G. (1848-1915)].  A late-Victorian coloured marble and slate Mantle clock, of architectural form, with a pair of three-quarter Corinthian columns and incised decoration, the dial with Roman numerals and recessed centre with Brocot escapement, twin train movement, 420mm. high. Provenance: "A Present from Mr. & Mrs. Russell, To Mrs. Martha Grace, Sep. 1880" (engraved silver presentation plaque on the plinth). Martha Grace, nee Pocock, was W. G. Grace's mother, and of his 9 siblings, several of whom went on to become prominent cricketers in their own right. (See lot 59a for a book inscribed by Grace to his uncle, Alfred Pocock.) "This hugely heavy clock is of little intrinsic value. The caption, however, is. The Russells lived in Walsall and were friends of WG's mother, Mrs Martha Grace. Over three days at the Oval at the end of the first week of September 1880, England played a single Test Match against Australia which they won by five wickets. Three Grace brothers played in the side under Lord Harris's captaincy, WG , his older brother EM, known as The Coroner, and the youngest, GF. GF made nought in each innings which was the first pair of spectacles in Test cricket. He went from the Oval down to Hampshire after the match, stopped at a pub, slept in damp sheets, got pneumonia and died on the 22nd September. This clock was given to his mother as a gift of condolence" (H.B.).

Estimate: £300-£500

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