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Extraordinary Nineteenth-Century Baseball Figural Inkwell
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $4,060.00
Extremely rare and stunning nineteenth-century baseball figural inkwell, circa 1880s, silver-plated metal, features a ballplayer in an early uniform standing behind the original period crystal ink jar with baseball-motif lid. The lid is designed with a bat and ball. There is minimal wear in a few places from normal handling, otherwise the inkwell is in essentially perfect condition. The manufacturer's stamping, on the bottom, is slightly worn but still legible and reads "Simpson Hall Miller & Co. Quadruple Plate." Samuel Simpson was very well known for his pewter and silver work in Wallingford, Connecticut, when in 1866 he organized the Simpson, Hall & Miller Company to specialize in silverplating. They were in business through the 1890s, so this piece could date from any time during their years of manufacture, but the fancy scrollwork, especially on the legs of the base, suggests this piece probably dates from the 1880s or 1890s. The superb detail and ornate design makes this one of the most beautifully created baseball-theme inkwells we have ever seen, and an exceptionally fine example of early baseball figural art. Dimensions of base: 2.5 x 2.5 inches. Height: 3.75 inches. Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $4,060.00
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