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1912 Boston Red Sox Hatband Tobacco Premium

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,304

Presented is is one of the most decorative tobacco premiums from the era: a 1912 Boston Red Sox World Championship silk hatband. We have seen several different teams from this rare set over the years: the Giants, A's, and Red Sox. We believe these three teams may represent the set. During the early 1900s a straw hat was the norm for any gentleman attending a ball game. Since most straw hats looked alike, it was only natural that someone would come up with a way for a fan to distinguish himself from the crowd and, at the same time, to declare his allegiance to the home club. The answer was a silk band to be worn around the top. The ornate tricolor design features a Red Sox pennant that is flanked on either side by an identical Boston Red Sox motif displaying the date, "1912," above it, and the words "World's Champions" below. The design is embroidered (as opposed to printed). When worn on a hat, the pennant would be featured in the front, and the two Red Sox motifs would be seen on the sides. The silk band, which is 31 inches in length and 1.5 inches wide, displays a few folds and is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. The text "Factory No. 7 3rd Dist. State N.Y." is stitched in white at the end of the piece. This is both a rare tobacco premium and a very attractive, ideal-for-display souvenir commemorating the first of Boston's four World Championships between the years 1912 and 1918. As a point of reference, this is the very same example of this extreme rarity that sold for $2,644 in our May 2011 auction (the buyer has consigned his entire comprehensive tobacco silk collection to this auction) and is one of only two examples we have seen during the past forty years! Reserve $500. Estimate $1,500+. SOLD FOR $1,304


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