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Circa 1900 Baseball Uniform - Jersey and Quilted Pants
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $940
This turn-of-the-century baseball uniform, comprised of a jersey and pants, very likely dates from the 1890s and is notable not just as a rare early uniform, but also due to the fact that the pants are designed with quilted padding. Padded pants became popular during the 1880s and remained in vogue for a few decades until sliding pads, worn under the pants, replaced this early design feature. There is no specific known year in which quilted pants disappeared entirely. We have found an ad for quilted baseball pants in Spalding's Official Base Ball Guide of 1903, but it appears that this style was most popular in the 1890s, and soon after disappeared from baseball fashion. The red-flannel jersey is lettered "Winchester" across the front in white felt letters and features an identical "Wright & Ditson" label in both the collar of the jersey and the waistband of the pants. An additional label has been removed from the collar (the stitch outline is still clearly visible). The sleeves of the jersey have custom tailored to their present length and both the jersey and pants display heavy wear, including homemade repairs to a few tears on the pants. Wright & Ditson was founded in 1871 and was later purchased by Spalding Bros. in 1891; however, the Wright & Ditson name remained on many products well into the twentieth century. Wright & Ditson was based in Boston, Massachusetts, and fact that this uniform was consigned by a Massachusetts resident makes it all the more probable that the "Winchester" team name represents the town of Winchester, Massachusetts. Although early baseball uniforms do occasionally surface, those featuring quilted pants are particularly rare, making this an extremely desirable and interesting turn-of-the-century example, and the first such uniform we have ever offered. Reserve $200. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $940
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