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Lot # 886 (of 1594)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1914-1915 Federal League Doll

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $822.50

This extremely rare doll is both a quality child's toy and a rare figural tribute to the short-lived Federal League (1914-1915). The doll (33 inches in height) is dressed in a brown-cloth "Federal League Style" baseball uniform that displays the letters "FL" (appliquéd in white felt) across the front. The composition head features painted facial features, including rosy cheeks and blue eyes, and the body, arms and legs are all stuffed with straw and/or wood chips. This is not the first time we have seen this outstanding early baseball figural piece. Barry Halper also had an example, which was sold at auction in 1999, and we have heard of one or two others, but it is very rare. This is not surprising in that it was probably very expensive when issued, and was available only for one or at most two years. Being a doll, many examples probably did not survive normal play as well. All items related to the Federal League are rare and this doll is no exception. The doll appears to be missing its original cap (based upon the fact that the Halper doll had a cap) and displays moderate- to-heavy wear. The head has light-to-moderate crazing, including a few slight chips and abrasions along the top and back. The cloth uniform has a few tiny tears and appears to be missing its original buttons. The front collar is partially torn and the white piping running down the front has partially separated from the body. It is still ideal for display, and one of the few survivors of one of the most unusual and interesting of all Federal League display pieces. In Good to Very Good condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $822.50

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