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Circa 1900 A Stolen Base? Hand-Made Textile Display
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For -
Presented is a striking and very unique folk art piece: a print on cloth with thread accents of the famous 1886 Louis Prang art print entitled "A Stolen Base?" The image features a player sliding into base while the second baseman moves with the ball in hand toward the bag. The umpire, meanwhile, is about to make the call: will he be safe or out? While the characters depicted in the scene are generic, it is widely believed that the study was inspired by Mike "King" Kelly, one of the most popular players of his day, noted for his base-stealing prowess. His exploits were immortalized here in this image and likewise in the song "Slide, Kelly, Slide." While this classic print has been reproduced in many forms, this undated but early circa 1900 issue on cloth is the first we've encountered and is almost certainly a unique example. Based on its exceptionally high quality it is also possible this is one of a number that were made for sale, though we have never seen another example. This is the only color baseball-theme textile from this era of this elaborate style construction we have ever seen, though we have seen a political textile identical in style and construction to this example dating from 1896, featuring presidential candidates William Jennings Bryan and William McKinley. In pristine Near Mint condition. Dimensions: 19 x 19 inches. Beautifully matted and framed with natural wood molding to total dimensions of 28 x 28 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR
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