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1861 Home Run Quick Step Sheet Music

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $3,819

Presented is an extraordinary example of the 1861 Home Run Quick Step Sheet Music, written by John Zebley Jr., and published in 1861 by Lee & Walker of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is one of the earliest and rarest of all baseball sheet musics. Only a handful exist and this is the first we have seen or offered in many years. The Home Run Quick Step is one of only five color sheet musics of the nineteenth century, and one of the few great Civil War era baseball display pieces. The lithographic cover features a resplendent game-in-progress scene bordered on either side by a player dressed in a period bib-front uniform. Illustrations of bats, balls, bases, and belts complete the attractive motif. As noted in print along the bottom, this sheet music was "Respectfully Dedicated to the Members Of The Mercantile Base Ball Club of Philada." This is the finest example of this universally revered piece that we have ever seen and its condition is directly related to its provenance. Our consignor long ago discovered this piece undisturbed in an original publisher's bound volume of sheet music, where it had been perfectly preserved and protected from all elements including light for decades (probably since 1861). That ideal method of storage is no doubt responsible for the sheet music's brilliant colors and spectacular Near Mint appearance today. The piece displays tiny string holes and a thin strip of adhesive residue along the border, both of which are standard for sheet musics that have survived in this ideal manner (this is common for nearly all early sheet music). The sheet music was long ago professionally cleaned in order to remove a few light pencil notations. A small area of discoloration, which appears to be printer's ink, is visible along the base of the front cover; while we cannot state with certainty, it is highly likely that this insignificant flaw occurred during the printing process. The sheet music has been professionally matted (with three small strips of clear tape on the reverse) and framed. Very few baseball related lithographic art pieces date from the era of the Civil War. This is one of the few, and one of the best from any era. This is an extraordinary high-grade example of the 1861 Home Run Quick Step, one of the greatest and most exceptional museum-caliber display pieces dating from the earliest days of our national pastime. The sheet music measures 10 x 13 inches and is framed to total dimensions of 15.5 x 19 inches. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open).

SOLD FOR $3,819


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