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1922 Christy Mathewson Presentation Binoculars
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $2,115.00
Many years ago, famed collector Barry Halper was fortunate to acquire a number of Christy Mathewson’s personal belongings directly from the Mathewson family. Offered here is one of the most significant and poignant items obtained by Halper at that time from Christy's daughter-in-law: binoculars, housed in their original leather carrying case, presented to Mathewson in 1922 by the New York Tuberculosis Association. An engraved metal plaque, affixed to the top of the carrying case, reads “Presented to Christy Mathewson by the New York Tuberculosis Association – As a slight token of deep appreciation for helpful volunteer service rendered by him during December 1922.” The significance of this gift should be apparent to even the most casual baseball fan. Mathewson suffered from tuberculosis as a result of having been accidentally exposed to mustard gas in World War I. Although he received treatment at the world renowned E. L. Trudeau sanatorium in Saranac Lake, NY, he eventually succumbed to the disease in 1925 at the age of forty-five. Despite his failing health, Mathewson remained extremely involved in his charitable activities right up until the time of his death. Obviously, his work with the New York Tuberculosis Association had special meaning to him and these binoculars, which were a symbol of that work, were a special personal keepsake. The black 8" x 30” binoculars, produced by Carl Ziess (a German optical company), are in perfect working order and display moderate wear. The leather carrying case displays significant wear, including a few tears and numerous areas of cracking and chipping, but is complete as issued. These binoculars were purchased by our consignor at the historic sale of the Barry Halper Collection in 1999 and are accompanied by their original auction lot tag. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,115.00
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