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Circa 1870 Muller Baseball Figure
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $928.00
Extremely rare figural statue of ballplayer holding bat, in full uniform with "K" on chest, signed by 1860s/1870s New York manufacturer Muller in raised lettering on the bottom of base. Below "Muller, N.Y." is the number "543" (referring to the model number of the figure) and the word "Patent." Muller was one of the premier nineteenth-century artists and manufacturers of baseball-related figures. While there is no date on this figure, the earliest Muller baseball figures with model numbers in the "530s" date from 1868. Muller is particularly well known for their highly regarded series of 1868 baseball figures, as well as their extremely rare nineteenth-century baseball figural mantel clocks. We have only seen this figure once before, as an illustration on page 12 in 150 Years of Baseball (Crown Publishers, New York, 1989), identified as dating from the 1860s. The figure is manufactured in a white cast metal with a bronze wash finish, which is largely intact but does have some scattered wear, and some tarnishing, otherwise in Excellent condition. Height: 7.25 inches. Reserve $400. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $928.00
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