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Circa 1900 Baseball Pocket Watch and Match Safe Collection (6)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,320.00
Collection of one baseball pocket watch, three baseball pocket watch casings, and two baseball-theme match safes, all circa 1900, and all but one of which features a baseball design in raised relief: 1) Gold-colored pocket watch presented to the Chambly baseball club. The Chambly club was most likely a French-Canadian ball club, as the inscription on the reverse is engraved in French and reads "Presente Par De Club Base Balle Chambly Souvenir 5 Nov. 1902." The watch is not in working order but displays beautifully. We were unable to open the casing to see interior stampings, but the watch appears to be 14K gold. 2-3) Two silver-colored pocket watch casings, each bearing the nearly identical baseball scene on the reverse. The scene features a batter, catcher and umpire, with one also displaying a background image of trees, clouds and bushes. The more detailed watch casing was produced by "Superior Watch Mfg - Switzerland" and displays light tarnishing and surface wear. Vg-Ex. The the other casing bears no manufacturer's mark and displays moderate to heavy handling wear and tarnishing. Vg. Neither watch includes the timepiece. 4) Silver-colored pocket watch casing featuring a detailed image of a batter, catcher and umpire set against the background of a filled-to-capacity grandstand. Produced by Swiss manufacturer "Buhler." Ex, with light tarnishing. The watch does not include the timepiece. 5) Silver-colored match safe picturing a batting figure on the front. This circa 1880s silverplate baseball match safe features a very intricately engraved image of a nineteenth-century baseball player at bat. Manufactured (and stamped on the interior lip visible when opened) by the Pairpoint Mfg. Co., one of the premier silver and silverplate manufacturers of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. In the "old days" match safes were very popular, and were an accessory for smokers designed (as their name implies) to house wooden matches. Many different styles of match safes were produced by many different companies, but very few were made with a baseball theme. Ex. 6) Silver-colored match safe bearing a baseball motif (bat, glove and two balls) on both the front and reverse. No manufacturer stamp. Ex, with moderate tarnishing. Dimensions: The pocket watches each measure approximately two inches in diameter; the match safes each measure 2.75 x 1.5 inches. Total 6 items (1 watch, 3 pocket watch casings, 2 match safes).Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,320.00
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