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1887 Thomas Burns Chicago White Stockings Pendant
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $1,740.00
Magnificent decorative gold-colored baseball pendant presented to Chicago White Stockings third baseman Thomas Burns in 1887 by his admirers. The front of the circular pendant (1.5 inches in diameter) features a raised relief figure of a ballplayer in the act of catching a fly ball. The "fly ball" represented here is actually a white pearl that has been affixed to the hinged lid. Lettered in black along the perimeter are the words "Chicago Base Ball Club-1887." The reverse is engraved "Presented To Our Popular 3rd Baseman-Thos. E. Burns-By His Chicago Friends-Chicago, Oct 28th '87." The pendant, which is 0.25 inches in thickness, opens to reveal a small empty compartment that could have once housed a photo or other keepsake. Thomas Burns began his Major League career with the White Stockings in 1880. Originally a shortstop, he moved to third base after the 1885 season and was instrumental in leading the club to consecutive pennants in 1885 and 1886. Nineteenth-century baseball presentation pieces are very rare, and the extraordinary design and high quality of this piece distinguish it as one of the most impressive pieces of baseball-related jewelry from any era we have ever seen. This pendant was the prize item of a collection of personal items originating from the family of Thomas Burns. The pendant is in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,740.00
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