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Early Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates Memorabilia Collection (4)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,175
The Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates are two of baseball's oldest and most venerable franchises, so it's not surprising that each team's name and logo were commonly "borrowed" by local retailers in order to help promote their respective product lines. This collection consists of four such items, each of which is highly regarded both for its rarity and outstanding display value. 1) Circa 1900 "Red Sox" whiskey flask. The small, hand-blown flask (4.25 inches high) features its original paper label on the front bearing the name "Red Sox" and an illustration of a baseball player at bat. Below the figure are the words "Whiskey One Ball." This is the first example of this decorative flask we have ever offered and one of only small number known. The paper label is completely intact and displays only light wear. Complete with its original pewter lid. No manufacturer's name listed. Ex-Mt. 2) Circa 1910 "Pirate Club Whiskey" shot glass. The etched front features a Pirate ballplayer in uniform, as well as the product name "Pirate Club Whiskey - Pure Rye." The manufacturer's name, "Klinordlinger & Wallace," appears below. 2.25 inches high. A small piece of vintage tape with the year "1905" written upon it is affixed to the bottom of the glass, otherwise it's in Nr-Mt condition. 3) Circa 1940 Boston Red Sox water pitcher. The ten-inch-high porcelain water pitcher features the team's logo (a pair of red sox) set within a green baseball-diamond design on either side. The lettering around the diamond reads "Red Sox Baseball Club Fenway Park Boston." While we do not know for certain, it is believed that this pitcher was originally issued by the Red Sox to team members and front office executives. This is the first example we have ever offered and only the second we have ever seen (the other one came with four matching mugs). The pitcher displays light wear and some paint loss to the gold trim along the top and bottom borders. In Excellent condition overall. 4) 1915 Hoop, Hoop, Hooper Up For Red-Sox sheet music. Composed by Daniel Hanifen and Bernard Smith. Published by Smith-Hanifen, Boston. The song, written in homage to Boston's great outfielder Harry Hooper, dates from height of the club's legendary 1912 to 1918 baseball dynasty. 10.5 x 13.5 inches. The name of a former owner is stamped on the cover and light toning is evident on both the front and back. In Excellent condition overall. Total: 4 items (whiskey flask, shot glass, water pitcher, and sheet music). Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,175
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