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Thomas Burns Nineteenth-Century Baseball Jewelry Collection (6 items)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,740.00
Collection of six personal jewelry items originating from the estate of former Chicago White Stockings third baseman Thomas Burns: pocket watch, locket, pendant, pair of lapel buttons, rosary beads, and a small ornamental souvenir case. 1) Pocket Watch. The 14K gold pocket watch, produced by the American Watch Co. of Waltham, Massachusetts, features the name "Thomas Burns" lettered along the perimeter of the watchface. The intertwined initials "TB" are engraved along both the front and rear of the watchcase. The word "Kismet" is engraved on the interior front lid. The watch (1.5 inches in diameter) is not in working order; it is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. 2) Locket. Small gold-colored locket (1 x 1.25 inches) features the initial "B" on the front in raised relief, with ten small diamonds embedded within the design. The reverse is engraved "Presented to T. E. Burns By His Chicago Friends, Oct 11th 1890." The locket opens up to reveal two small photos of Burns, one picturing him in street clothes and the other in his White Sox uniform. Ex-Mt. 3) Pendant. Gold-colored pendant (1.25 x 3.25 inches), consisting of three pieces, presented to Burns in 1890. The top segment, from which hangs a small ball, is comprised of a two-tier banner that is lettered "Presented To Thomas E. Burns." The middle portion of the piece displays two crossed bats, while the bottom segment is designed in the shape of a baseball diamond, with each "base" represented by a small, real diamond. The interior portion of the "infield" is engraved "By Stockholders Of The Springfield B.B. Club-Champions Eastern League-1896." Complete with the original stickpin back. Ex-Mt. 4) Pair of Lapel Buttons. Two small silver-colored lapel buttons, each engraved "B" on the front. These buttons (.25 inches in diameter) appear to have been made from period dimes, as one is dated 1853 on the reverse and the other 1875. Ex-Mt. 5) Rosary Beads. Rosary beads (15.5 inches in length when pulled straight) bearing a cross pendant that is engraved "T.E.B." on the reverse. Ex. 6) Ornamental souvenir case. Small and highly unusual silver-colored souvenir case (1.25 x 1 x .25 inches) designed in the shape of a stamped and postmarked envelope. The front bears a postmark date of "Washington, D.C. 90" and features Burns' name engraved on the front in the form of the address "T.E. Burns-Chicago, Ill." The hinged top flips up so that small items can be stored within. Ex. This is a fascinating and unique collection of jewelry items originating from the estate of nineteenth-century star Thomas Burns. Total 6 items. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,740.00
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