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Nineteenth-Century Baseball Snuff Box
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,740.00
This beautifully designed black lacquered wooden matchstick or "snuff" box is decorated on the lid with a detailed and very colorful painted image of a ballplayer in uniform with a bat on his shoulder. The hinged lid opens to reveal a compartment intended for storage of matchsticks or tobacco "snuff". It is also possible it was intended to hold sewing thread and needles. We usually associate nineteenth-century snuff boxes of this style from this era as featuring images of historical or political figures, and have seen a matched set of campaign snuff boxes of a slightly larger but very similar design dating from 1868 featuring portraits of presidential candidates Horatio Seymour and U. S. Grant. This is the first we have seen featuring a ballplayer. This is an extraordinarily high-quality piece with a very striking design, and a very unusual baseball-theme item dating from the nineteenth century, ideal for display. One small scratch beneath ballplayer's elbow, otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Dimensions: 2.5 x 1.5 x .875 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,740.00
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