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1860s Baseball Uniform Belt with Buckle
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,972.00
In the 1860s, the well-dressed ballplayer often wore a very elaborate bib-style uniform, complete with belt and buckle. It is almost surprising that so few relics of the earliest baseball uniforms have survived, especially since, from early tintypes and CDVs, it is clear that fancy uniforms were very popular among high-level organized teams. Presented is a circa 1860s baseball belt with buckle, the first example of its kind we have ever seen. The actual belt is a strong, finely woven cloth, with a single button fastening hole. The buckle, which is attached, is a gold-colored pressed metal, with crossed bats, shield, and decorative accents. The blank center panel of the design was intended for the engraving of the team name; below this is "BB" and "CLUB" in raised lettering on either side. This is a stock piece which was available by the manufacturer for order, but this example was never used, and was never engraved with the team name. In the shield below is a baseball diamond, ball and base. It is likely that the team's insignia or the player's initials were to be engraved in the center of the diamond. This belt and buckle, dating from the earliest days of formal baseball attire, is a very rare and significant find. The belt buckle measures 2.75 x 2.5 inches. The length of the belt is 41 inches. In Excellent condition. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,972.00
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