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Nineteenth-Century Baseball Whiskey Flask Collection (3)

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $696.00

Auction Description Addendum: Please note that we have been informed by an expert who specializes in early whiskey flasks that it is possible that the image and lettering on the first of the three flasks listed (with "S.F. Cal" engraved above the ballplayer's figure) may not be period, and may have been engraved as recently as twenty years ago.

Three extremely rare nineteenth-century baseball whiskey flasks. Pundits are often quick to point out that, for various reasons, players of yesteryear could never successfully compete with today's modern ballplayers. In many regards there may be some merit to that argument; however, there remains one area of expertise where the ballplayer of long ago will never be surpassed: Drinking. Yes, the ballplayers of long ago drank, usually very heavily and very often (after all, the American Association wasn't referred to as the "Beer and Whiskey" League for nothing). Therefore, it is not surprising to find that those celebrated players of yore often carried their own brand of spirits with them as they traveled. Presented are three circa late 1800s whiskey flasks, each uniquely decorated with a baseball motif. 1) Oblong metal flask featuring an engraved image of a ball player, above which is the engraved notation "S. F. Cal." The flask is housed in a two-part case, with the top, removable portion of the case fitting over the head of the flask. The interior top portion bears some engraved information which is small and difficult to read. The only clearly legible word is the name "Hawksley." Height: 6 inches. Ex. 2) Silver-colored flask bearing the engraved image of a ballplayer on the front and three highly ornate initials on the reverse which appear to read "JBC." Engraved on the base are the notations "40/Derby Silver Co./1822." The Derby Silver Company was formed in the 1890s, so the "1822" almost certainly refers to a product identification number. Height: 5.5 inches. Ex in appearance with some tarnishing and minor scratches/nicks on the reverse. 3) Brown glass flask with decorative metal appliqués on the front. The front design consists of a baseball set atop two crossed bats. "Four Balls" is spelled out along the base. Unfortunately, only the metal appliqués for the "F" in "Four" and the "S" in "Balls" remain. The outline of the former area of appliqué is still visible. 5.5 inches in height. Vg-Ex. Total: 3 flasks. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $696.00


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