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Nineteenth-Century Baseball Match Safe
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,276.00
This circa 1880s silverplate baseball match safe features a very intricately engraved image of a nineteenth-century baseball player at bat. Manufactured (and stamped on the interior lip visible when opened) by the Pairpoint Mfg. Co., one of the premier silver and silverplate manufacturers of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The workmanship of this piece is extraordinary, including very fine details such as the brim of the hat, clearly defined fingers, mustache, collar, tie, even the laces of the shoes, and grass around the feet. It is rare to find such detail on any item of metal construction, let alone from the nineteenth century. In the "old days" match safes were very popular, and were an accessory for smokers designed (as their name implies) to house wooden matches. Many different styles of match safes were produced by many different companies, but very few were made with a baseball theme. Dimensions: 2.75 x 1.5 inches. Some normal tarnishing to the silver plating, otherwise in Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,276.00
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