London, South Kensington
22 June 2004
F.H. Ayres bat, inscribed on the face: "Bat I have played with -- From G. Giffen. To T.H. Murray Esq, 1898", the reverse with plaque inscribed "Presented to Mr George Giffen for highest score in first cricket match between N.S.W. and S.A., Wentworth 26 & 27 Dec. 1884" (grip worn).
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A RARE ITEM OF MEMORABILIA FROM THE LATE 19TH CENTURY. George Giffen (1859-1927) of Australia and South Australia dominated the game for much of a career which lasted from 1877/88 until 1903/04, coming to England on five tours between 1882 and 1896.
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