BOWLED OVER: Top order trio of 18th century cricket bats sold at auction

THE sound of leather on willow may have been missing from Somerset's cricket pitches so far this spring, but lovers of the sport got to indulge in a piece of history at a recent auction in Taunton. Greenslade Taylor Hunt's spring sporting sale took place on Thursday, April 30, at their Octagon Salerooms in Taunton. Due to the current coronavirus restrictions, the sale was held behind closed doors selling to online, telephone and written-commission bidders.

And although a ball has not been bowled in cricket matches this season, three 18th century cricket bats - handcrafted in willow - were among the items on offer. And those taking part were bowled over when the three sold for a total of GBP1,160. Elsewhere in the sale, a selection of Wisden Cricketers Almanacks also sold, realising GBP900.

Results from the book section included British Hunts and Huntsmen, in four volumes (GBP220) and G F Luttrell, All his rights with four and five atop relating to the Devon and Somerset Staghounds (GBP160). An oil painting which graced the catalogue front cover in the manner of George Armfield of spaniels flushing a duck, flew to GBP420 (pictured below).

Other results of note included: Thirty leather plaited whip thongs GBP380; Six Beswick figures of springer spaniels GBP200; Three early 20th century ivory billiard balls GBP190; A copper and brass hunting horn by Kohler and Son GBP170; A brass trout reel by William Garden of Aberdeen GBP160; A badger mask GBP160; A 'Jaques of London' croquet set GBP160; An unusual expanding leather truck GBP150; A gent's scarlet tail coat GBP100. Further entries are now being taken for the autumn sale, set to take place on Thursday, October 8. Contact Stuart Triggol on 07860 928797 for more information.

BOWLED OVER: Top order trio of 18th century cricket bats sold at auctionBOWLED OVER: Top order trio of 18th century cricket bats sold at auction

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