Lot 145

MENU CARD. “Dinner given by the ‘Band of Brothers’ to the ‘Philadelphians,’ at the Star Hotel, Maidstone, on Friday, 25th July, 1884.” Menu cover printed in blue and black by Marion & Co., with the borders decorated in watercolour, including linked flags of the United States and The Red Ensign, 150 x 98mm., framed and glazed, 1884. The “Band of Brothers Cricket Club” was formed in 1858, the third oldest of the ‘wandering clubs’, but based in East Kent. The “Philadelphians” represented Philadelphia in first-class cricket between 1878 and 1913. "The best cricket in The United States was to be found in Philadelphia. Their J Barton King may even have been the fastest bowler ever. They sent many touring sides to England at about this time. Baseball had not yet raised its head - at least not significantly" (H.B.).

Estimate: £70-£100

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