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Circa 1870s Short Stop Cigar Box
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $696.00
Extremely early "Short Stop" brand baseball cigar box opens to reveal a paper litho interior label featuring a very detailed and intricate duo-tone baseball game-in-progress scene engraving. This is an exceptional example of the earliest style of cigar box label art, and one of the very few produced in this era with a baseball theme. Baseball did not become extremely popular as a subject for cigar label art until the 1880s. The label is copyrighted "Harrison - Phila" in the lower left. "Short Stop" is stenciled onto the top of the lid. Exterior factory label on reverse identified the cigars as produced by "Factory No. 389" in Ohio. The box has a tiny chip in the lip of the lid where once nailed shut when originally sealed (boxes of this era were often nailed shut as opposed to sealed with exterior labels), and a little general wear, but all in all this extremely rare box has survived in remarkably fine condition. This is a very significant example from the earliest days of baseball-related advertising. Dimensions: 10.5 x 3.5 x 4.75 inches. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $696.00
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