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Nineteenth-Century Baseball Figural Napkin Rings (6)
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $2,610.00
Collection of six rare circa 1890 baseball figural napkin rings: 1) Three matching silver-plated baseball figural napkin rings each featuring a boy holding a bat with a ball at his feet. The young ballplayer is based on a character created by English children's book illustrator Kate Greenaway. Height: 3.25 inches each. 2) Silver-plated baseball napkin ring designed with two crossed bats with a ball. Stamped "0255" at bottom of ring. Height: 3.25 inches. 3) Silver-plated baseball figural napkin ring designed with three bats touching at the knobs with a ball atop. The napkin ring itself has a particularly ornate floral design. Height: 3.75 inches. 4) Silver-plated baseball figural napkin ring features three bats attached to a ball atop. The bottom of the ring has an ornate floral design with the name "Harry" engraved. Height: 2.75 inches. Napkin rings are used in formal table settings to this day but were particularly popular from the 1870s to about 1900. They were made in many different styles and of many different materials, including silver, porcelain, and wood. Figural examples are very popular with collectors, though few styles were designed with a baseball theme. This is a very substantial collection of these rare Victorian-era baseball figural pieces. These rarely surface more than one at a time. This seemingly modest collection of six nineteenth-century baseball napkin rings is the largest group of these rare baseball figural pieces we have ever seen offered at a single time. All are in Excellent condition, each with just a little tarnishing and general wear from normal handling. Six examples of rare baseball figural art dating from the 1890s. Total 6 items. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $2,610.00
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