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Collection of Nineteenth-Century Baseball Relics (13)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $1,880.00
This collection of nineteenth-century baseball relics includes a rare baseball belt, CDV's, jewelry, sheet music, and other assorted items. 1 ) Circa 1860s black leather belt featuring a heavy metal buckle bearing the inscribed letters "BBC." While many early nineteenth-century baseball belts are indistinguishable from fireman's belts, this particular example appears to have been designed exclusively for use on the ball field, as the initials "BBC" almost certainly stand for Base Ball Club. Because the most prominent baseball clubs during that era normally wore elaborate uniforms, often featuring the team name prominently displayed on their belts, it is most likely that this was a generic type store belt used by local town teams. Unfortunately, no other identifying markings on the buckle or belt itself provide any hint of its provenance. Regardless, it remains both a rare and enigmatic article of clothing dating from the game's earliest days. The belt measures 40.5 inches in length and displays heavy wear throughout, including some cracking to the leather. 2-3 ) Two CDVs, each portraying a single individual dressed in a period uniform. The first (2.5 x 4 inches), a studio photo, pictures a young man standing in uniform, with a cap seen resting on the table beside him. The letter "A" is prominently displayed upon his "bib" style jersey. The photographer's stamp "D. Ginter - Photographer - Conneautville, P.A." appears on the reverse. Excellent condition. The second (2.5 x 4.25 inches), also a studio photo, pictures a young man seated. He too is wearing a "bib" style jersey bearing the letter "C." The photographer's stamp "J. W. Taylor, Photographer, Randolph, N. Y." appears on the reverse. Excellent condition. It must be noted that while these are most likely images of baseball players, the absence of any baseball equipment pictured allows for the possibility that they may be photos of band members. The baseball uniforms of that era, especially the "bib" style jerseys, were based upon band uniforms of the period and the two are often indistinguishable from each other. A few light pencil notations (not vintage) appear on the reverse of each CDV. 4 ) CDV of an 1871 Fourth of July broadside. The image, which is a photo of a larger broadside (thus much of the text is only visible through magnification) advertises for a Fourth of July celebration in which the "Secretary and 3d 9 of Howard Jr. Base Ball Club" are mentioned. The photographer's stamp "D. C. Burrell, 390 Main Street, No. Bridgewater, Mass." appears on the reverse as do a few light pencil notations. 2.5 x 4 inches. EX. 5-8) Four small pins and/or pendants. The most elaborate of the four is a large multitiered stickpin that features a crossed bats and ball design in the center. Engraved on the front is "Presented to C. H. Shackley and J. H. Hinkley." The reverse is engraved "Awarded to the Star B. B. C. of Beverly, Mass. for Making the Most Runs in Five Games - Winners of Games." The bottom piece of the pin, which is actually an 1853 half dime that has been engraved on the front, bears the initials "R. W. S." The pin is missing one of its bottom pieces, which was a companion piece to the engraved dime. 1.5 x 3.75 inches. VG. The second item is a stickpin with hanging pendant bearing a baseball motif. The top portion is engraved "F. B. B. C." 1 x 1.25 inches. Slight tarnishing. VG-EX. The third piece is a circular pin that is engraved on the front "L. A. C. June 11, 1892 - Throwing The Base Ball" (most likely awarded for a long-distance throwing contest). The pin measures .75 inches in diameter and is in EX-MT condition. The final item is a small .75 x 1 inch pendant that is engraved on each side. One side is engraved "Geo. H. Luce - New Bedford Mass." and the other is engraved "Geo. H. Luce - Worcester B. B. C. 1865." VG-EX. 9) Small chapbook titled Juvenile Pastimes In Verse . The fourteen page book (2.5 x 3.75 inches) features a page describing the game of "Trap and Ball." The covers are missing, thus it is impossible to tell whether this is the circa 1830 edition published in New York by Mahlon Day or the 1847 edition issued by S. M. Crane in New York. Without reference to the missing covers the book displays light foxing throughout and is in Very Good condition. 10 ) Circa 1845 "Reward of Merit" school certificate, undated, features a color illustration of boys playing an early form of baseball (bat resembles a cricket bat), 6.5 x 3 inches. Never issued, Nr-Mt, rarely found in high grade. 11 ) Limited first edition of the book Old Boston Boys and The Games They Playe d by James D'Wolf Lovett. Printed privately at the Riverside Press, Boston, 1906. Numbered 180/250. The book provides an early history of sports in Boston including baseball. The author was well suited to the task, as he was the former captain of the Lowell Base Ball Club. Numerous photos throughout including one of George Wright. The covers display moderate to heavy wear. A few of the interior pages exhibit some very minor foxing. Very Good to Excellent condition. 12 ) 1870 baseball sheet music titled Baseball . Composed by John Smith and published in 1870 by Root & Cady, Chicago. The song is dedicated to "The Root & Cady B. B. C." 10.75 x 12.5 inches. Moderate foxing throughout as well as a few small stains. In Very Good condition. 13) 1874 baseball sheet music titled Una Schottisch e. Composed by M. J. Messer and published in 1874 by C. D. Russell & Company, Boston. The song is dedicated to "The Una Base Ball Club - Charlestown - Junior Champions 1870-72-73." Moderate toning throughout and a chip in the lower left corner. In Good to Very Good condition. Total: 13 items. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,880.00
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