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Extraordinary Nineteenth-Century Baseball Figural Inkwell
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $5,510.00
Spectacular and extremely rare nineteenth-century baseball figural inkwell, circa 1880s, white metal with bronze wash, featuring two ballplayers in early uniforms on either side of original period crystal ink jar with baseball-motif lid. The lid is designed with a bat and ball. There is minimal wear to the bronze wash in a few places from normal handling and the walnut base has been replaced, otherwise the inkwell is in essentially perfect condition. While the style of the early ballplayer figures is reminiscent of the 1860s, the fancy scrollwork identifies this inkwell as circa 1880s to 1890s. No manufacturer's markings but very likely made by the Simpson, Hall & Miller Company of Wallingford, Connecticut, as this company manufactured a very similarly designed baseball figural inkwell featuring a single batter. This is an extraordinary example of Victorian-era baseball figural art, which would be a significant addition to many different types of advanced baseball and Americana collections. Extremely rare and the only example we have ever seen. We have checked with several Americana and inkwell specialists, none of whom has ever seen another. Dimensions of base: 6.25 x 3.5 inches. Height: 4 inches. Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $5,510.00
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