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W. G. Grace Pub Table.
A very good quality Victorian cast iron pub table. The round tripod table has an oak top and three scroll shaped legs. Each leg has a painted image of W.G. Grace's face cast in relief with initial W.G. above. Cast into the frame work are also wheat, fruit, berries and ribbon swag aprons with the registration numbers 171787 on the legs and on the base 155483 with the word 'The Gordon'. Two of the legs have been repaired around the decorative foliage with nuts and bolts.
William Gilbert Grace was born July 18, 1848, Downend, Bristol and died October 23, 1915, Mottingham, Kent aged 67. Grace was a major celebrity in the late Victorian era and is still one of Britain's best known cricketers. He is known by his unmistakable bearded face and was called 'The Doctor', 'The Champion' or simply 'W.G'. He played sporadically for the Gentlemen against the Players for 41 years, during which time they only lost four games. Other major teams were England, Gloucestershire, London County, Marylebone Cricket Club and South of England. Grace was an outstanding all-rounder and was the first to score a Test century and led a variety of England XI's in 22 games from 1880 to 1899. He toured Australia twice and America once. With his two brothers they all played for England in 1880 and this was the first occasion three brothers had played together in Test cricket. E.M.Grace was his elder brother and Fred was the younger one.
H 76.5 cm x Dia. 58.5 cm
H 30" x Dia. 23"