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Circa 1890s Victorian-Era Photo Album With Baseball Vignette
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $464.00
During the mid to late nineteenth century, family photo albums were important keepsakes, usually occupying a prominent place in the living room of each home. As such, the albums themselves were often beautifully designed. Offered is a stunning example with interior sporting-theme illustrations including baseball. The leather-bound album bears the name "Olympia" on the front cover in stylized gilt lettering and also features a decorative gilt trimmed border. A heavy metal clasp is attached to the rear cover to keep the album closed when not in use. The interior pages are designed to hold photographs. Eleven of the forty-two interior pages feature colorful vignettes with sporting themes. Each illustrated page features two or more different sporting scenes as well as a window for the insertion of a photo. Among the sporting activities illustrated are baseball, football, yachting, tennis, cricket, golf, rowing, swimming, horse racing, fox hunting, polo, cycling, fishing, curling and archery. The remaining pages each provide room for the insertion of four small photos. The offered album includes seven small photos (that apparently belonged to the original owners) as well as one placed there by us (selected from our consignor's vast collection) to accompany the baseball vignette page. As noted on the first interior page, this album was manufactured in Germany and was designed by "W. H. S. Thompson, H. Bunnett & others." Aside from some light general wear to the covers and some extremely light foxing to a few of the interior pages, the album (9 x 11.5 x 3) remains in a virtually perfect state. Very unusual and substantial. Overall in Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $464.00
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