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 £1,160.

Elsewhere in the sale, a selection of Wisden Cricketers Almanacks also sold, realising £900.

Results from the book section included British Hunts and Huntsmen, in four volumes (£220) and G F Luttrell, All his rights with four and five atop relating to the Devon and Somerset Staghounds (£160).

An oil painting which graced the catalogue front cover in the manner of George Armfield of spaniels flushing a duck, flew to £420 (pictured below).

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Other results of note included: Thirty leather plaited whip thongs £380; Six Beswick figures of springer spaniels £200; Three early 20th century ivory billiard balls £190; A copper and brass hunting horn by Kohler and Son £170; A brass trout reel by William Garden of Aberdeen £160; A badger mask £160; A ‘Jaques of London’ croquet set £160; An unusual expanding leather truck £150; A gent’s scarlet tail coat £100.

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.

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